Valise of Memories
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  • July 25, 2014, 11:21

My mistress filled my valise with her vowels - the battered trunk that journeyed with me from the shadow of Slievenamon. Now she is dead. She(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Before the first English paper had even begun, students’ minds were already leaping ahead to the following day’s exam, and the all important questi(...)

Writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir with  sons Cúán (at back) and Finn at their home in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Q What’s the story behind the big deal?A I spent 18 months looking for the right agent until I met this fantastic Irish woman, Gráinne Fox, who was wo(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

Chanticleer: although the line-up spans the usual vocal ranges of soprano, alto, tenor and bass, all 12 positions are filled by men

Sunday’s concert at the National Concert Hall, under the banner She Said (...)

Rachel Weisz as Evanora in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful
The witches of Oz

You need not be waist deep in Angela Carter (though such immersion probably helps) to know that fairy stories – both ancient and contemporary – hav(...)