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  • Eina McHugh: Why I had to spend many thousands on therapy before I was finally able to love

    By admin on November 7, 2012
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    Excellent piece in The Belfast Telegraph on Eina McHugh’s moving and beautiful memoir, To Call Myself Beloved: You can’t help wondering why Ms McHugh wanted to put this most private account in the public domain, when a refrain in the book is her fear of “exposure”. Exposure of her anxieties surrounding sexual relationships, exposure of her innermost feelings, exposure of

  • The Four Courts Has Been At The Centre Of Irish History More Than Once

    By admin on November 5, 2012
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    Fascinating reading in The Irish Times about whether or not the British Army was directly involved in the shelling of the Four Courts during the Battle for Dublin in the early phases of the Irish Civil War: Lance-Bombardier Percy Creek had no intention of trying to overturn one of the State’s foundation stones when he sat down decades afterward to

  • Dermot Bolger’s The Venice Suite Featured In The Irish Times

    By admin on November 4, 2012
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    There’s a rather moving piece today from Dermot Bolger in The Irish Times about his new sequence of poems, The Venice Suite  which New Island publishes this week. in it he talks about where the collection came from: I was numb with grief, and I have no recollection of writing poems. But, sorting through drawers, 18 months on, I found multiple scraps of

  • Win Some Paul O’Brien Swag

    By admin on November 2, 2012
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    To celebrate the launch of Field Of Fire and Paul’s talk in Eason Ashbourne on Saturday at 2pm we are giving away a signed poster, and signed copies of the first two books Paul has written for the 1916 In Focus Series! What do you have to do to win them? Simply sign up for our mailing list. Anyone who signs up

  • Irish Writers Combat The Superstorm To Spread Irish Culture

    By admin on November 2, 2012
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    Best of luck to the intrepid Irishmen and women who have ventured onto Manhattan’s weather-beaten shores for an Irish poetry festival in New York.  Not least among them Theo Dorgan, whose first novel, Making Way, New Island will publish in spring 2013. Hurricane Sandy had shredded access between the islands but if John Montague and Theo Dorgan were still willing to make the effort to