Category Archives: Writing Ireland

Hidden Irelands (an interview with Celia de Fréine in the Dublin Review of Books)

This is the text of a recent essay based on an interview with the poet and playwright Celia de Fréine, published by the Dublin Review of Books at http://www.drb.ie/essays/hidden-irelands HIDDEN IRELANDS (by Lia Mills) Blood Debts, by Celia de Fréine, Scotus … Continue reading

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Interview with Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell’s new novel WHERE THEY LIE (New Island) will be launched on 15th May, 2014 Is there more than one meaning in the title, Where They Lie?  I suspect there is. I found the novel difficult to name for quite … Continue reading

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DWF Venue #5: Irish Writers’ Centre (Valerie Bistany, Director)

What (and where) is the Irish Writers’ Centre? The Irish Writers’ Centre is an organisation that supports writers at all stages of their development. We also promote writing in general and Irish writing in particular. We are a national resource … Continue reading

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Kevin Barry in Pearse Street Library

Sunny Friday evenings in Dublin are as giddy as they’re rare, and this last Friday, 7th June, was even giddier than most. Pearse Street flushed green with soccer jerseys headed for the Aviva Stadium and a win against the Faroe … Continue reading

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Every Child a Wanted Child

(Here’s the full version of a piece published in the Comment section of the Independent last Saturday 04/05/13. It’s a personal contribution to the current conversation about abortion legislation in Ireland.) Every Child a Wanted Child When I was 17 … Continue reading

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“For This: Poems for Our Ireland” (A session at PN11)

At a Saturday afternoon session of the 2011 Poetry Now Festival in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, sixteen readers, some of them poets participating in the festival, and some invited notables, were invited to read a poem that reflects … Continue reading

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“Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writers” (2)

Thinking about responses (both verbal and online) to the previous post, “Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writers”, I realised that I had more to say on the topic.  Too much, probably, so I’ll confine myself to what seems … Continue reading

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