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Eddie meets Irish speakers in Moscow

CRUSHEEN based storyteller, Eddie Lenihan swapped the relatively cold confines of Clare for the positively freezing surrounds of Moscow for a good part of March.

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Birthday celebrations in Cultúrlann Sweeney

CULTÚRLANN Sweeney in Kilkee is celebrating its first birthday and there are a number of events taking place.

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Merriman winner opens up in Glór

The Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of the late Maeve Binchy has been won by Cork writer, Danielle McLaughlin.

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New chapter for Ennis Book Club Festival

LAST minute preparations are being made for the Ennis Book Club Festival, which will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s the seventh year of the festival, which has consistently attracted internationally renowned writers.Ciana Campbell is chairperson of the festival and she says there is a lot to look forward to. “It’s lovely to have a Booker prize winner in town in John Banville. Our Gathering event with Joseph O’Connor is going to be great fun as well, it’ll probably be sold out in advance.“Marina Lewycka and Fergal Keane are coming over from the UK and we’ve been trying to get both of them for a few years, they’re on the Saturday night.”Abysmal government has been a huge factor in the Irish collapse and on Sunday Roisín Shortall, Mary O’Rourke, Dr Elaine Byrne and Professor Brian Lucey will debate ‘Power and Corruption’ at Glór in an event chaired by Caimin Jones.The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Education Department will be at …

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Spinning a tale with great heart

PROBABLY the first novel to seriously deal with the human implications of the economic collapse, Donal Ryan’s first published novel The Spinning Heart marked him out as an outstanding talent.The Tipperary native works in Shannon for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as a Labour Inspector. He will be reading at the Temple Gate in Ennis this weekend.The Spinning Heart was the Bord Gais Energy Book of the Year last year, while Ryan was winner of the newcomer of the year award. His debut novel is told through 21 different voices, all belonging to people living in or associated with a small Munster town that has been struck by the recession. Several of the characters have been cheated by Pokey Burke, a local developer who has just run away from his responsibilities. Quite dark at times, there is real warmth and tenderness in it too and a sympathy for many of the characters. Donal felt the subject matter of …

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Write around the world

A NEW book by Kilkee’s Peadar King, What in the World? Political Travels in Africa, Asia and the Americas is being launched as part of the Ennis Book Festival on March 2.It comes on the back of his TV show What in the World? that has been shown every year on RTÉ since the late ’90s. “What it is really, is a reflection on that experience, an account of the people we met and the places we went to. It tries to locate those places and those experiences in some kind of political context. “For example, in Latin America we were interested in looking at the political change that has taken place and the drift to left wing parties and left-wing governments, how that’s impacting on the poor, indigenous people and people who have been excluded heretofore by the dominant political classes in those countries.”A former pupil of St Flannan’s College, he went into teaching and worked at the Vocational …

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The unknown side of WB Yeats

Clare-based Professor Margaret Mills Harper talks about her life-long obsession with the dark side of WB Yeats.

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Writers and readers set for book festival

Contributions from Marina Lewycka, the BBC’s Fergal Keane, John Banville, Joseph O’Connor,  Áine Lawlor from RTÉ, Mary O’Rourke and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Education Workshop Department are just some of the highlights from the line-up of national and international authors for Ennis Book Club Festival, which will be held from March 1 to 3.

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