Dublin’s Dalkey Book Festival is celebrating its second decade by launching two major new annual Irish literary awards worth a total of €30,000. These awards will recognize writers in two categories. One will offer €20,000 for the Novel of the Year, making it the biggest prize that is exclusively available to Irish writers. The other will present €10,000 to the Emerging … [Read more...] about News: New Writing Awards
The ascension of Sally Rooney from promising young Irish writer to A-list entertainment mogul continues at a breathtaking pace. The latest proof? A fawning report in Vanity Fair, from the set of the much-buzzed-about TV series based on her book Normal People. The swanky magazine describes Rooney’s novel as a “complex portrait of modern love, touching on class and … [Read more...] about From The Paper Press to the Small Screen
On the best advice he ever received, talking on plane rides, and being 20 years late on his book deadline! It took 20 years of intensive research, hundreds of interviews, missed deadlines, and publishers demanding their money back, but Tom O’Neill’s CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties is worth the wait. It’s a chilling page-turner … [Read more...] about What Are You Like? Tom O’Neill
In February of this year, globally-renowned Irish author Edna O'Brien was named as the winner of the PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature. Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate this seminally feminist voice in modern Irish culture, and look back on Patricia Harty's 2007 interview with O'Brien, where they talked writing, family, and … [Read more...] about Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection
June 16, 2004 is the 100th Anniversary of Leopold Bloom's Fateful Walk.
As we go to press and the world is celebrating Bloomsday, plans are already afoot for next year's "Bloomsday Centenary." Ireland's Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism John O'Donoghue has set up the Bloomsday Centenary Coordinating Committee, to plan the event which will hopefully lure James Joyce fans … [Read more...] about Making Ready for