Tag Archives: Dublin Writers’ Festival

Writing Advice OR: What I wish I’d said

At the Dublin Writers Festival on Saturday, one of the audience questions was: what advice would we give to someone who wanted to write?  The conversation went in the direction of reading, as it often does – and should.  I never … 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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More Events

I’ll be reading with John Kelly at the Dublin Writers’ Festival on Saturday 17th May @ 2pm in Smock Alley http://bit.ly/1lgtOzZ  The event will be chaired by Mick Heaney. Don’t be puzzled by the photo –  I’m replacing Patrick O’Keeffe, … Continue reading

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DWF Venue #4: Smock Alley Theatre (Caoimhe Connolly)

What (and where) is Smock Alley? Smock Alley Theatre is a renovated 17th century theatre on the banks of the River Liffey, on Essex Quay.​ What happens there? ​ The Smock Alley Theatre of today plays host to a huge … Continue reading

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“No Worst There Is None”: Gerard Manley Hopkins @ the Dublin Writers’ Festival 2013

In 1884, the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) became Professor of Classics at what was then the brand-new University College, Dublin. UCD was then in transition from the old Catholic University.  Its management had been passed to the Jesuits, … Continue reading

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Hated words

The Dublin Writers’ Festival is over. At an event in the Abbey yesterday, Tom Murphy read from his plays. Afterwards, he and Conor McPherson had a conversation, followed by questions from the audience. In the context of the vexed question … Continue reading

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