A new monthly salon series hosted by writer Selina Guinness as part of her dlr residency will focus on  literary journals,   starting  on October 7th in the dlr LexIcon Studio in Dún Laoghaire, with readers Mark O’Connell and Sally Rooney, and editor Brendan Barrington

“When it comes to supporting emerging writers, Irish literary journals are far superior to the ones in the UK.” As both a writer and editor of The (...)

Brendan Barrington, left: “When editing, I try to avoid anything that comes across as pure criticism, pitting the text against some objective standard. My approach is more one of identifying elements that do not quite fit with the scheme and the implicit rules established by the author elsewhere in the text.” Greg Baxter on Brendan: “When we met, I longed to be an overwriting maximalist. Brendan, very delicately and very gradually, helped me uncover my natural style”

Greg Baxter is the author of three highly acclaimed books: The Apartment; A Preparation for Death; and Munich Airport. Originally from Texas, he ha(...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)