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Internment, anyone?

This blog is usually about the arts but artists are citizens too. The UK election is tomorrow. In Ireland we worry about the Border, no matter how officialdom tries to placate us. Now there’s something else to worry us: Today’s … Continue reading

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Sally Rooney at ILFD 2017 (With Rick O’Shea  in Belvedere House)

Sally Rooney is a phenomenon. She’s very young (26) but we can’t hold that against her. She has talent, energy, a strong sense of the world her generation inhabit and a direct way of talking (and writing) that is instantly … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Strout at ILFD 2017 (with Sinéad Gleeson)

No one could accuse Elizabeth Strout of being an overnight success.  Encouraged by her mother, she started writing as a child. That, she says, got her thinking about sentences. She started sending stories out when she was 16 but her … Continue reading

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Rugby as Theatre (Arena essay)

The lovely people at Arena (RTÉ Radio One) asked me back. Here’s the first radio essay I’ve written in a long time: * My artsy friends are puzzled by my love of rugby but to me, rugby is pure theatre. … Continue reading

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Away …

Starting work on a new novel is a lot like going away for a very, very long time on a one-way ticket. I’ve no idea when/if I’ll be back. But feel free to look through the archive if you’re interested … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day at the Imperial War Museum (London)

On Valentine’s day we went to see Lee Miller: A Woman’s War  at the Imperial War Museum and were lucky enough to discover two other worthwhile exhibitions:  Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist – which includes an evolving installation Boardroom – and … Continue reading

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Two Cities One Book (ii)

Source: Two Cities One Book (ii)

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