Sunday, 17 February 2013

Highly Recommended February 17th, 2013.


The Guardian have begun a news series of poetry podcasts. Here is the first of the series, Emily Dickinson's number 465, chosen and discussed by UK poet Jo Shapcott. It's about four minutes long.   


The Third in the Seamus Heaney Lecture Series will take place on Monday 18th 
February. Podcasts of the lectures are available to download at their fb page here:

The series of seven lectures began in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra  with DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith giving the first lecture - ‘Globalised, Personalised and Democratised?- Envisioning the Future of Education’. 
He spoke of the developments and implications of the MOOC, (Massive Open Online Courses) which came to the fore in 2012, and outlined possible integration or blending of online courses with on campus experience. A very insightful lecture and one which should interest educators and those with an interest in online education.

The second lecture featured a panel of experts who spoke on the global environmental crisis which faces us now and its implications for the future.
The four panelists for this event are:

.   Professor John Sweeney, Ireland's leading climatologist.
.   Ciaran Cuffe of Dublin Institute of Technology and former Green Party TD  
.   Davie Phillip from Cultivate at Cloughjordan EcoVillage and
.   Dr Susan Murphy, Trinity College, Dublin. 
The Chairperson is Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, The Irish Times.

Podcasts of the remaining lectures will be available on the FB page following each event.


Fifteen great essays including: 
'The Bitch is Back'   by    Sandra Tzing Loh 
'Split at the Root' by Adrienne Rich. 

Virginia Woolf; Adrienne Rich; Sandra Tzing Loh; Meredith Hall; Sandra Steingraber; Meghan Daum; Zadie Smith; Ruthann Robson; Maxine Hong Kingston; Joyce Carol Oates; Natalia Ginzburg; Jo Ann Beard; Joan Didion; Jamaica Kincaid and; Gretchel Ehrlich.       


The Fifth Dublin James Joyce Journal was published last week by the James Joyce Research Centre in UCD. Of the eight essays by leading Joyceans, I was particularly delighted to read Robert Spoo's essay on Samuel Roth, the 'pirate' publisher of Joyce in the US. Spoo's thoroughness and clarity is, I believe, a hallmark of the best critics.  Vivien Igoe's short update on the racehorses mentioned throughout Ulysses is packed with the kind of real world sporting detail which Joyce loved, and is informative without being overly theoretical. 

Edited by Luca Crispi and Anne Fogarty the contributors to this edition are:
Vincent Deane; Adrian Hardiman; Matthew Hayward; Vivien Igoe; Liam Lanigan; Christine O'Neill; Fritz Senn 
and; Robert Spoo. 

The Journal has become an important resource in Joyce studies. Further details from the UCD Joyce Research Centre here:

Keeping with Joyce, the James Joyce Centre in conjunction with Caroline Elbay, have launched a new programme for reading Ulysses. Terence Killeen launched the programme with a general introduction to the broad themes of the book and future guest speakers will include Luca Crispi of UCD and Sam Slote of TCD.
The James Joyce Centre is another important resource for Dublin city and for Joyceans everywhere. You can join their mailing list, or take a look at their up and coming events here:



Seven of the twelve poets who will be featured in 'Poetic Synergy'.
A 13-part series "Poetic Synergy" will begin broadcast on 
Dublin City FM on 
Wed Feb 20th at 3pm. 
The series explores the influnce of the 
East on Irish poetry.

Series Producer Caroline Brennan tells us that podcasts will be available and we will put a link here asap. If you're lucky enough to have access midweek you can start listening in to these broadcasts.

PROG 1: *GENERIC PROGRAMME*. Wed 20th February at 3pm

Contributors: Dr Ann Mulhall, UCD, Gabriel Rosenstock, Joseph
Lennon,VillaNova University and Laurence Cox, NUIM.

PROG 2; *SINEAD MORRISSEY Wed 27th February at 3pm*

Contributors:Nessa O Mahoney, Joe Woods and Moynagh O Sullivan.
                                                                                                  Michael Hartnett.

PROG 3: *GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK Wed 6th March at 3pm*Contributors: Paddy Bushe, Cathal O Searcaigh, Alan Titley.

PROG 4 : *JOHN W SEXTON Wed 13th March at 3pm*
Contributors: Eileen Sheehan, Jessie Lendennie, Mary O Malley

PROG 5: *WB YEATS Wed 20th March at 3pm*
Contributors: Meg Harpur, UL, Terence Browne.

PROG 6: *PAULA MEEHAN Wed 27th March at 3pm*
Contributors: Prof. Pat Coughlan, UCC, Theo Dorgan, Dr. Ann Mulhall UCD

PROG 7: *CATHAL O SEARCAIGH Wed 3rd April at 3pm*
Contributors: Dr Frank Sewell, University of Ulster, Alan Titley, Dr AJ Hughes, University of Ulster

PROG 8: *PHILIP MC DONAGH Wed 10th April at 3pm*
Contributors: Joe Woods, Gerry Smyth,

PROG 9: *PADDY BUSHE Wed 17th April at 3pm*
Contributors: Peter Denman, NUIM, Cathal O Searcaigh

PROG 10: *MICHAEL HARTNETT Wed 24th April at 3pm*
Contributors: Dr John McDonagh, MIC, Dr Lucy Collins, UCD, John Cussen 

PROG 11: *JOE WOODS Wed 1st May at 3pm*
Contributors: Kevin McDermott, Paddy Bushe, Alan Titley.

PROG 12: *MEDBH MC GUCKIAN Wed 8th May at 3pm*
Contributors: Dr Shane Murphy, Uni of Aberdeen, Leontia Flynn, QU, Dr.Borbola Farago, UCD

PROG 13: *LOUIS MCNEICE Wed 15th May at 3pm*
Contributors: Dr Alex Ruchman, TCD, Dr Ml Hinds, Mater Dei, Dr. Sandrine
Brisset, TCD.


Two very rare photographs were shared with us this week: 

Gerry Doyle sent us this photograph of the Irish writer Brendan Behan. 

It's from a new fb site for the Irish Photographic Archives and I look forward to seeing more from that page here.  

You can find some details on this writer at the Irish Writers Online site:

Poet and musician Adrian Rice shared this photograph of WB Yeats 'on his deathbed', juxtaposed with a drawing of him as a young infant. It is a rare find and many thanks to Adrian for sharing. (This is a link to Adrian's website - take a look:


Collected Poems. By Macdara Woods. Reviewed by Mary Shine Thompson.

‘Ambition’s turned down crown 
shall not touch me” 

     Proclaims the first poem of 
     Macdara Woods’s commodious 
     Collected Poems. 

'This courageous book … distils nearly five decades of verse, has no truck with poetic fashions. It flies “thirty thousand feet above pretence” (Les CĂ´tes du Tennessee).'

Further details of Collected Poems can be found at the Dedalus Press website

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