Category Archives: Writing

Nuala O’Connor & Sarah Maria Griffin at the LexIcon (October 23rd)

This blog is disgracefully late, but I still want to record elements of a most enjoyable interview/conversation that took place in the Dun Laoghaire LexIcon a fortnight ago between Nuala O’Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir) and Sarah Maria Griffin (SMG), current … Continue reading

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Guerrillas in the Mist

The recent Farmleigh House based project Pieces of Mind was inspired by Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.  Following a conversation about this, fabulous Belfast poet Maria McManus sent me a link to her own exciting work … 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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PIECES OF MIND at Farmleigh House

This time last year, as writer-in-residence at Farmleigh (thanks to the Office of Public Works) I worked on a project called Pieces of Mind. The idea came from Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris. In the … Continue reading

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Who owns your work? (Thought for the Day)

Here’s something I’ve wondered about in an idle sort of way, suddenly made real; it’s seriously scary stuff: Who controls our online content and where/how it’s stored? Look what happened to Dennis Cooper, who had 14 years’ worth of blogs and … Continue reading

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HELPFUL BOOKS FOR WRITERS

People always want to know what writers have influenced you. Who’s your favourite author? they ask. What’s your favourite novel? I find these questions impossible to answer, for reasons that might well bear discussion some other time. Last week, at … Continue reading

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PIECES OF MIND (Two Days in May 2016 at Farmleigh House): AN INVITATION

What’s on your mind, as we move on from the centenary month of April? May is my last month as writer-in-residence at Farmleigh.  I’m asking people to come out to the Boathouse café and give me a piece of their … Continue reading

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Being Misunderstood (Guest Post by Daniel Seery)

This is a new feature to this blog. I know, I know, everyone else has been doing it forever – but I’m a slow learner. Now and then I’ll invite other writers to use this space  for short essays.  My first guest is … Continue reading

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Why are there so many Irish writers?

This light comment on Irishry and writing (and language and weather) was broadcast on Arena last night. Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone! Why are there so many Irish Writers? It’s a popular question in interviews and at festivals. Theories range … Continue reading

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On Literary ‘Success’

Coming up to the end of 2014 I came across a flurry of articles and postings about literary ‘success’, as in: how to pursue it/get it/be it/extend it/prolong it/exploit it. It got me thinking about what ‘literary success’ actually means. … Continue reading

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