Ciaran Carson

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Paul Muldoon: ’Not many popular songwriters show as much care as Glen [Hansard]’.

Current favourite book Ciaran Carson’s From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations. I’ve known him for 50 years exactly. We met in 1969 as st(...)

Here’s a question that never featured in Myles na gCopaleen’s Catechism of Cliché, or at least not that I recall. With what feline wind instrument can(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

Brian Ballard Retrospective: Paintings 1964-2015 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin ****   Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943 (...)

Gerry Adams  led a delegation of language activists to the Arts Council in 1986. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

A senior Irish-language poet from west Belfast voiced doubts about the linguistic proficiency of an Irish-language deputation to the Northern Ireland (...)

Big Fight by Rita Duffy

From December 2002 to May 2003 the Ulster Museum held an exhibition of paintings by Basil Blackshaw. I visited it several times, inveigled by Black(...)

Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Ciaran Carson:  shortlisted for Forward Best Collection award

Three Irish poets have made the five-strong shortlist for the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Ciaran Carson has been shortlisted for From E(...)

Philip Hensher’s novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Photograph: Simon James/PA Wire

What was the first book to make an impression on you? The Wizard of Oz, and especially the very weird sequel The Marvelous Land of Oz, where th(...)

Michael Longley with Frank Ormsby and Ciaran Carson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The early and medieval Irish poets have long been identified as powerful social figures whose power resided in satire and in their role as the “mem(...)

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