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Sara Baume & Claire-Louise Bennett at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

The excellent Susan Tomaselli (ST), editor of Gorse, introduced the two writers as part of what she describes as TBG&S’s ‘unique and exploratory’ programme supporting different kinds of writing. TBG&S’s own blurb for the event says that their New Writing Commission aims … Continue reading

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Worth Less? Some thoughts on the devaluation of writing by women

This piece was first broadcast on Arena (RTÉ Radio One) on 27th October 2015 * Recently I asked a friend what she thinks about anthologies of writing by women. Wouldn’t they be worth less than other anthologies? was her – … Continue reading

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Two Cities One Book: Dublin, Belfast

It’s official:  Fallen has been chosen for next year’s Dublin: One City One Book festival (April 2016). For the first time, two cities are involved and it becomes Two Cities One Book: Dublin and Belfast.  There’s more information about the festival here.  Huge … 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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Every novel needs a good collapse

Okay, I know I said I was taking a break, but sometimes I can’t help myself and Barbara Kingsolver is certainly worth writing – and thinking – about.  She was in the Pavillion in Dun Laoghaire on Monday 19th July, … Continue reading

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