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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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Two Cities One Book (ii)

A lot of people ask about the Two Cities One Book experience and I thought I might write about it a little, in the blog. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, it’s as new to me as it … Continue reading

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Interview with Nuala O’Connor (Miss Emily)

Nuala, congratulations, Miss Emily is a powerfully absorbing novel. You create a compelling, vivid impression of 19th century Amherst, the Dickinson household and the interior world of Ada, their Irish servant. And just when a reader thinks they know where the story is … Continue reading

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UPDATE ON RAIF BADAWI (previous post)

According to Kevin Rawlinson in the guardian, Raif Badawi may be retried and sentenced to be beheaded for apostasy: In addition to campaigns by Amnesty and PEN International mentioned previously, there is a Facebook page campaigning for his release:

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