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Commentary on the poem 'The Diviner' by Seamus Heaney


By Seamus Heaney

Cut from the green hedge a forked hazel stick

That he held tight by the arms of the V:

Circling the terrain, hunting the pluck… 1,591 more words


Normal People, Sally Rooney

Possibly the most hyped book of Autumn 2018, Rooney’s second novel is even better than her first, Conversations with Friends.

My first encounter with Rooney’s work was… 345 more words


The Pleasures of Queueing

The Pleasures of Queueing: a novel.  Erik Martiny

Montcocq’s Complaint comes to Bishopstown.

Named after a poem by e e cummings, birthed by a devout and fertile Irish mother and fathered by a priapic Frenchman of ‘archetypal proportions’ Olaf Montcocq screams into existence at Erinville Hospital in 1971. 715 more words

Book Reviews

Editing Update • Twelve Chapters Down, Many To Go

It’s almost exactly two months since I finished my first draft. Two months and four days, to be exact. I decided to post an update for two reasons: 1) to update my blog, and 2) to shame myself into getting my shit together and starting my edits again. 611 more words


Study Notes on 'Shadows on Our Skin' by Jennifer Johnston

It is encouraging to see Shadows on Our Skin back on bookstore shelves again, thanks mainly to its inclusion on the new Junior Cycle Text List for Second and Third Years.  3,601 more words

Irish Writing

And the winner of "Becoming Belle"....

is….Brian Sheridan.

Congratulations, Brian. I’ll put you in direct contact with Nuala so you can arrange the dedication on the book!

Thanks to everyone who entered the draw. 25 more words

Writers Chat

The Agony and the Editing

It’s five months since the publication of my debut novel, Too Close to Breathe and I’ve just finished a round of edits on the second book in the Frankie Sheehan series, … 467 more words