Showing posts with tag: Ireland

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JULY

The Jigs and the Reels

"To the naked eye we were just four fellas sitting around a table, but the naked eye can play tricks. We were magicking ourselves out of this town through the music, galloping away over the hills, the wind at our backs, pushing ourselves out of our skins, further and further until, slowly, the gentle but insistent pull of the melody coaxed us back to the beginning again, to home, like a baby placed gently back in its cradle." Read more →
"Does a fellow good a bit of a holiday. I feel a ton better since I landed again in dear dirty Dublin." James Joyce. Image by Wyndham Lewis co. National Gallery of Ireland.
FEBRUARY

The Irish Short Story: the Hand Grenade on the Kitchen Floor

The literary history of Ireland is as varied as it is unique, but the short story has a specific resonance in the country's history and culture. In this feature, Deirdre O'Byrne shares with us her thoughts on the short story's enigmatic impact, its historical connections with cultural and political dissonance, and the oral cultures of storytelling in Ireland. This is also a great primer on the country's eminent short story writers, if you're looking for reading material. Read more →

Anthology: Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe

Eugene McCabe, author of Death and Nightingales.

When the Guardian recently ran a series of podcasts celebrating the short story, Chekov, Ballard, Hemingway, Carver all predictably featured. It was Eugene McCabe’s perfectly formed Music at Annuhullan that resonated most strongly, that evoked something universal and powerful in its slight story of an Irish farm. Colm Toibin read in a natural brogue and bestowed on McCabe almost mythical status as Ireland’s finest living writer of prose.

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