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Making a Modest Proposal

One of the most exciting projects I’ve been working on for the past year has been a series of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal’, which was published by typographer and designer Jamie Murphy’s The Salvage Press alongside the original text and a series of illustrations by artist David O’Kane. 164 more words

A Modest Proposal With A Deeper Meaning

In Dr. Jonathan Swift’s piece “A Modest Proposal” written in 1729, he uses satire, irony and exaggeration to propose the consumption of children under fourteen to solve Ireland’s dilemma relating to the amount of hungry, begging mothers and children the country has. 319 more words

Irony in Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"

Make children into food items to fix the “Irish problem” and any other issue with the poor. These were the proposed actions made by Jonathan Swift in “A Modest Proposal.” A quintessential piece of irony, this piece was written by a man that 300 years ago equated the likes of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. 20 more words


Summer Happenings

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, mostly because I’ve been busy in work and had a few readings and other writing engagements lined up. 776 more words

Cultural Thieves

I thought I’d share this piece with everyone, seeing as it was entirely researched, written, and verbally debuted in Ireland tonight at the Westside Library for Open Mic night. 1,829 more words

Ireland 2017

Adam Smith: poverty and famine

My Besterman lecture was a highly critical assessment of Adam Smith’s views on famine. In The Wealth of Nations (1776) Smith claims that in a free market economy famines will never occur. 770 more words

Writers Of 18th Century