Lists, pics and the Irish Times arts podcast
This week’s lunchtime recommendation will be familiar to most of you, but the show closes soon (on April 24th) and is well worth more than one visit. Steve McCurry’s Worlds of Colour exhibition is a terrifically evocative selection of portraits that amply demonstrate why McCurry is regarded as one of the finest portraitists in the world. You can read an interview I did with him here, along with a selection of images from the exhibition. The exhibition is in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin’s Temple Bar, which is open until 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
If, however, you are tethered to the desk for your lunch (or desking as I hear it is called these days), you could pass 20 minutes or so listening to the latest Irish Times Arts podcast, featuring Arts Editor Shane Hegarty trying to get Donald Clarke to use the word blog as a verb, attempting to get Online Editor Hugh Linehan to admit his favourite meal is salsa nachos in the local multiplex, and failing to get sense out of me. Among the topics are the rise of Irish cinema, and what actually constitutes an Irish film these days, a discussion on the relevance of the Late Late Show, and how concerts and theatre are widening their appeal with more diverse offerings in order to get bums on stall seats. Have a click and open your ears here.
And finally, it would be remiss of us not to mention the big news of the day – and throw in a bit of guilt when you realise how few of them you’ve read (or maybe that’s just me, ahem). the shortlist has been released for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. You can read an analysis of the shortlist by this newspaper’s Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby over here. The shortlist then is:
Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian), Doubleday Canada
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American), Faber & Faber, HarperCollins,
The Vagrants by Yiyn Li (Chinese/American), Random House
Ransom by David Malouf (Australian), Random House Australia
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish), Bloomsbury/Random House
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American), Ecco Press
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian), Allen & Unwin
Brooklyn by Colm Toibín (Irish), Viking/Scribner
Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking
After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books
And while were at it, here is the shortlist for the Orange prize for Fiction. No overlaps here, perhaps unsurprisingly given how the lists are chosen.
Room by Emma Donoghue (Irish) Picador
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean); Bloomsbury
Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson (British) Sceptre
Great House by Nicole Krauss (American) Viking
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Serbian/American); Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Canadian), Jonathan Cape