Archive for the ‘prose’ Category

Dublin’s got Talent

9th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Dublin Writers Festival runs from 11-15 June, and features a diverse array of literary talent and a big selection of events:

Over the four days, Dublin will host over 40 Irish and international writers and poets, journalists, political commentators, and even lawyers for a series of readings, discussions, debates and public interviews. The Festival will explore the themes such as war, loss, national identity, Irish values, childhood, crime, and the art of the short story.

Of particular interest should be the rare appearance in Ireland of playwright Tom Stoppard at the MacNeill Theatre in the Hamilton Building, Trinity College on Friday 13 June at 6.00pm. Frank McGuiness, the respected playwright, will discuss his poetry in the company of American poet Thomas Lynch in the Irish Writers’ Centre at 3.30pm on Sunday 15 June. Also on Sunday screenwriter Colin Bateman will be in conversation with novelist Ian Rankin at the Gate Theatre at 7.30pm.

Joyce Day

15th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

Tomorrow is the 103rd Bloomsday, and to celebrate the James Joyce Centre in Dublin has been organising activities in the run-up to the special day. There are walking tours, breakfasts, exhibitions and readings for those of you who want to celebrate James Joyce’s most famous work, Ulysses.

Force 12 in Mayo

1st June 2007 by Maura McHugh

Mayo County Council Arts Office has announced the line-up for the 2007 Force 12 Writers’ Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th June in Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

Chris Agee will direct the weekend, with a host of well-known writers including Michael Longley, Harry Clifton, Michael Coady, Patricia Craig, Deirdre Madden, Claire Keegan, Francis Harvey and Writer-in-Residence Paddy Bushe. The weekend is very much dedicated to visiting writers groups and it will provide a great opportunity for Mayo writers to interact with groups from all over the country.

Places are limited, so it is essential to book by Friday 1st June (today!). If you wish to attend any of the events contact the Mayo County Council Arts Office at 094-9024444, ext. 7558 & 7560, or mayoarts@mayococo.ie .

New Theatre Biography Prize

25th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Stage notes that at a London gala in memory of the late Sheridan Morley–actor, author and critic–the inauguration of the Sheridan Morley Prize for the Best Theatre Biography was announced.

During his long career, Morley wrote more than 30 books, including major biographies of Noel Coward, John Gielgud, his father Robert Morley, and his grandmother Gladys Cooper. To celebrate the art of theatrical biography and to continue his legacy in the forefront of this field of literary endeavour, The Sheridan Morley Prize will be awarded annually for the best biography of a theatrical subject written in English, during the previous year. The prize will be administered by Morley’s publisher, Oberon Books.

Gough Wins Best Short

23rd April 2007 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ reports that Irish author, songwriter, and playwright, Julian Gough, has won the prestigious Britain’s National Short Story Prize, and a sum of €22,000.

Gough’s winning short story, ‘The Orphan and the Mob’, was broadcast by BBC 4 radio last week, and if you hurry you can still listen to it (click on the Tuesday reading; the story is read by Irish actor Conor Lovett).

Gough’s new novel, Jude: Level 1, which continues the adventures of the hero of ‘The Orphan and the Mob’, will be published in July.