Sunday 28 April 2013

Highly Recommended 28th April, 2013.


Harper Lee Makes a Surprise Appearance at an Alabama Literary Luncheon

The publicity-shy author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ made a surprise appearance last week at the South Alabama Writers’ Symposium, which was honoring Fannie Flagg with the Harper Lee Award. 

Oh, and Harper Lee got one too!


Some magazines which you should know about here:
“Literary” Literary Magazines

Tin House

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror Literary Magazines

Flash Fiction Magazines*

Compiled by Joe Bunting - Joe's book on getting your short story published is available here:


Brand New Retro is a site  full of magazine images from Ireland from the 1960's to the 1990s.   Thanks to Mick Timony for passing it on.

Suggs from Madness, outside Madigan's Pub Dublin in 1985,  Phil Lynott on a trip home and …
oh dear, Jimmy Saville in Dublin in the 1960's.


Top: Patrick Kavanagh, Mary Lavin,
Bottom: Elizabeth Bowen, Liam O'Flaherty.

Previously unreleased recordings of 

W B Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, 

James Joyce, Mary Lavin,  Patrick Kavanagh,

Frank O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen, 

and other Irish poets and writers 

are featured on a  new three-CD set 

released by the British Library and called

The Spoken Word: 

Irish Poets and Writers – I Will Arise.  

The three-disc set is £20. and the full playlist is as follows: 
1. Frank O’Connor,
 reads his translations of The Hermitage and Aengus the Spouse of God: The Downfall of Heathendom
2. W B Yeats, Yeats talks about poetry and reads two of his own poems (The Lake Isle of Innisfree and The Fiddler of Dooney)
3. W B Yeats,  reads The Song of the Old Mother and introduces A Faery Song
4. W B Yeats, National Lectures, No.18
Yeats reads and discusses Paul Fort: The Pretty Maid [translated from the French], T S Eliot: Preludes [extract], Cecil Day Lewis: Two Songs, No.1
5. W B Yeats and V C Clinton-Baddeley, In the Poet’s Pub
Yeats sets the scene and actor Clinton-Baddeley reads a selection of poems chosen by Yeats
6. W B Yeats, discusses the political background to two poems.
7. W B Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree along with an extract of Coole and Ballylee, 1931
8. Frank O’Connor and Sean O’Faolain, W B Yeats: A Dublin Portrait
9. Patrick Kavanagh, is interviewed about his work
11. Eavan Boland, reads a selection of her work, The War Horse, Nocturne, The Black Lace Fan, Night Feed

1. Bernard Shaw, his talk on the English language
2. Bernard Shaw, Address at British Drama League Conference, Edinburgh
3. Frank O’Connor,  reminisces about his only meeting with James Joyce
4. Sylvia Beach, describes how James Joyce came to make his two surviving recordings
5. James Joyce, read an extract from Ulysses pp136–137 and an extract from 'Anna Livia Plurabell' from Finnegans Wake
7. Sean O’Casey, - extract from a previously unheard interview.
8. Frank O’Connor, reads extracts from his book Guests of the Nation
9. Brendan Behan, sings the song The Auld Triangle from his play The Quare Fellow

1. Elizabeth Bowen  Frankly Speaking   Date of broadcast: 16.03.1960
2. Mary Lavin    The Long Holidays    Date of broadcast: 03.11.1967
3. Liam O’Flaherty   The Mermaid   Date of recording: 12.02.1980
4. Edna O’Brien   Christmas Roses   Date of broadcast: 17.08.1978
5. Seán Ó’Faoláin   The Human Thing   Date of broadcast: 06.07.1967


The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Saturday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators.

The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. The workshop will be given by Máire T. Robinson.

This event is listed on a repeat basis, please contact the Irish Writers Centre to check that the event is running when you want to go – 01 8721302
Membership of the Irish Writer's Centre costs €50 (€25 for students), and as well as helping to keep the doors open, has a wide range of benefits.
Benefits of Membership
  • Discounts on workshop fees and publishing days
  • Access to writing spaces to work during the day
  • Four PCs in the building are allocated for members use
  • Free WiFi throughout the building
  • Discount on entry to the Novel Fair and other competitions
  • Free admission to some readings that have a cover charge
  • Advance notice of events where the audience might be limited
  • A dedicated members' evening
  • Access to their collection of books and other archives


Hearty congratulations to : 

John Banville - for his award by the Austrian Government for his contribution to European Literature.


Katia Kapovich for winning the 2013 Russian Literature Award for Short Fiction.
Here's an interview with Katia on the overlapping which occurs between poetry and prose. 


Barry Tebb reads 

'The Playhouse' 


'The Philosophers'

from his collection 

The Nostalgia Bus

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