Tag Archives: Celia de Fréine

Imprisoned Voices: A Hearing

Today is PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer. Last night, the Freedom to Write Campaign held a poetry reading in the brilliant Parnell Square premises of Poetry Ireland, who were supporting the event, as was Irish PEN. The format … Continue reading

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No Small Talk (Brexit: the Use and Abuse of Language)

Are you concerned about the divisive rhetoric used during prolonged Brexit debates?  Irish people living in Britain report noticing a change in atmosphere and attitudes when the Backstop was a live issue. Friends in the North are understandably sickened by … Continue reading

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Wednesday March 6th @ Toner’s (Baggot Street) at 7:30 pm

Here’s a small break in tradition: this blog doesn’t usually advertise events in advance (or ever) – but this event is different. The Freedom to Write Campaign group is organising an (almost) International Women’s Day Reading, hosted by Staccato Literary … Continue reading

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Interview with Celia de Fréine: On writing a biography – in Irish – of Louise Gavan Duffy

LM: Congratulations, Celia: your biography (in Irish) of Louise Gavan-Duffy – Ceannródaí – has been shortlisted for the very first Irish language category in the upcoming Irish Book Awards. For as long as I’ve known you, you have consistently championed … Continue reading

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Women and 1916 (at Farmleigh)

The Stinging Fly night at Farmleigh was a big success, thanks to all our speakers (Declan Meade, Sean O’Reilly, Paul Lynch, Lisa McInerney, Elaine Feeney) and the musicians (Seán McKeon and Liam O’Connor), and to everyone who came along to listen. … Continue reading

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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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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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