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Fret Over The Sentence

Jan 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Fret Over The Sentence / Life & Arts – The art of good writing. I fret about writing a sentence: whether to make it concise, minimalist and pared-down or, exuberant and rhythmic to match the tone. Are the rules that dictate brevity and concreteness enduring? My new year resolution was to craft the best sentences I could. Adam…

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When is a book not a book?

Jan 19, 2011 | Comments Off on When is a book not a book?

  When is a book not a book? « Lynsey May writes down the night. This post by Edinburgh blogger Lysney May got me thinking. Is the word book taking on a totally different meaning she asks? When is a book not a book? As technology grows ever snazzier, it’s becoming harder and harder for me…

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A half-dozen selection of Irish Short Stories

Jan 12, 2011 |

  It was one of my books for Christmas. The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. And it was my recommended read for our book club this month. But they’re a stubborn crowd, my book club lot. They know their own minds. What did they think of the book?  Took a long while to get into.…

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The 10 Best Books of 2010 – New York Times List

Dec 14, 2010 |

The 10 Best Books of 2010 – I was happy to see my favorite book of 2010, Emma Donoghue’s Room, included in the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010 listed below. William Trevor’s Selected Stories is there too. Here is the New York Times list: FREEDOM By Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus &…

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I’d like these books for Christmas (if I didn’t have them already)

Dec 4, 2010 |

This is my half-dozen list of  books from Ireland or by Irish writers that I think would make great Christmas gifts.  And not a whiff of misery writing about the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger or the sorry IMF/ECB bailout. Emma Donoghue’s Room  was my book of the year before it won the Hughes & Hughes…

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World Book Night | A million reasons to read a book

Dec 2, 2010 |

World Book Night | A million reasons to read a book. Welcome to World Book Night.   The inaugural World Book Night will take place on Saturday, 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day.   With the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with…

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In Patrick Kavanagh Country

Nov 30, 2010 | Comments Off on In Patrick Kavanagh Country

  I seemed to loop my way around the North of Ireland to make my first visit to Inishkeen and the Patrick Kavanagh Festival this weekend. I first travelled north by Ben Bulben to Letterkenny, past mile after mile of election hoardings for that day’s by-election; my destination a North West Words event at Cafe Blend, Letterkenny, that has to be…

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Fear, Grief and Unexpected Hope

Nov 22, 2010 |

This Irish Citizen found hope from an unexpected source in a week when four children died violently in rooms at their homes and the IMF and ECB arrived in Ireland.  My source of hope came from Emma Donoghue’s novel  Room. In a 12-ft square room where a sky-light gives the only glimpse of the outside world, a young…

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Rolling Sun on Croagh Patrick

Nov 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Rolling Sun on Croagh Patrick

I didn’t get to the Rolling Sun Book Festival in Westport this week-end. Only heard about it late in the day and was intrigued by the title. It seems that at certain times of the year the sun appears to roll down the side of the mountain on the nearby Croagh Patrick. I spent my childhood…

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6 Fun Ways To Spend a Cold, Dark Night « New Urban Habitat

Nov 10, 2010 |

        Read on the New Urban Habitat blog about six fun ways to spend a cold, dark night and get through these days of stark, depressing economic news. Read aloud to one another. Tell a story. And more suggestions for these windy nights.

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