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Irish Writers of the Fantastic

A good while back I posted the image of a poster designed by myself and long-time Swan River conspirator Jason Zerrillo. It features a line-up of Ireland’s most recognisable and possibly most influential writers of fantastic literature. 209 more words

Irish Writers Of The Fantastic

House On Fire: Elizabeth Bowen's The Last September (1929), J.G. Farrell's Troubles (1970) and The Irish War For Independence

Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September and J.G. Farrell’s Troubles share very similar structures and even end on virtually identical notes.  They are both set against the Irish War for Independence.   1,986 more words

St Gregory & St Catherine: two secretive wells in North Cork

Visiting North Cork with some friends we headed in the direction of Glanworth, first stopping off at two saintly wells: one dedicated to St Gregory and the other to St Catherine. 1,991 more words


Six Emails about L. P. Hartley's The Boat

Earlier this summer, based on some conversations we’d had about my post on The Go-Between, my friend Nat and I decided to read another of L. 4,525 more words

The Death of the Heart

I think I need therapy after reading this novel. I’m all kind of mentally, psychologically, and emotionally confused. There were moments of greatness, but then on the whole, I wondered whether it was worth it. 48 more words

The Heat of the Day - Elizabeth Bowen

You would expect a novel set in London during the Blitz and the throes of the Second World War to be precisely about just that, the Blitz and the horror of the war years. 500 more words

“The pollen count, now that's a difficult job. Especially if you've got hay fever.” (Milton Jones)

Normally I celebrate the end of June thusly:

Unfortunately due to the weird summer we’re having (unseasonably hot/unseasonably cold on repeat) the scourge of my life, the devil’s seed, aka grass pollen, is still in abundance and I am refusing to go anywhere that isn’t made of concrete/steel/brick, or some combination thereof. 877 more words