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# literature - Friday 9 August, 2013

Truly terrifying - horror series Goosebumps turns 21 this year
# I Got Chills
From The Daily Edge
# I Got Chills

Truly terrifying - horror series Goosebumps turns 21 this year

Aug 9th 2013, 8:45 PM 1,459 Views 5 Comments

Does that mean we’re old? SCREAM.

# literature - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Three Irish authors make Man Booker Prize longlist
# Man Booker Prize
# Man Booker Prize

Three Irish authors make Man Booker Prize longlist

Jul 23rd 2013, 12:47 PM 7,375 Views 19 Comments

This year’s exciting longlist features 13 authors from across the world – including three Irish writers.

# literature - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Beckett manuscript sells for €1.1 million
# Sold
# Sold

Beckett manuscript sells for €1.1 million

Jul 10th 2013, 4:31 PM 3,138 Views 1 Comment

The 800 page working manuscript is of the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s first major novel ‘Murphy’.

# literature - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane wins the prestigious IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award
# Literature
# Literature

Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane wins the prestigious IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

Jun 6th 2013, 8:38 PM 5,521 Views 9 Comments

Kevin Barry is the third Irish author to win the coveted €100,000 literary prize, taking up good company with previous winners Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann

# literature - Monday 3 June, 2013

Original manuscript of Samuel Beckett's first novel for sale
# Samuel Beckett
# Samuel Beckett

Original manuscript of Samuel Beckett's first novel for sale

Jun 3rd 2013, 2:18 PM 5,328 Views 14 Comments

The handwritten rough draft of the modernist writer’s first novel – described as “one of the most important 20th century working manuscripts” – is expected to fetch up to €1.4 million.

# literature - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Ireland's Kevin Barry up for €100k literary award
# IMPAC
# IMPAC

Ireland's Kevin Barry up for €100k literary award

Apr 9th 2013, 8:36 AM 4,570 Views 4 Comments

Other nominees include Michel Houellebecq, Haruki Murakami and Andrew Miller.

# literature - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live
# Books
# Books

Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live

Apr 3rd 2013, 4:03 PM 12,351 Views 31 Comments

The Scottish novelist said that he did not expect to live beyond a year.

# literature - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Column: Why Irish ‘chick lit’ is the true barometer of our time
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: Why Irish ‘chick lit’ is the true barometer of our time

Jan 1st 2013, 7:30 PM 570 Views 21 Comments

Following in the footsteps of Maeve Binchy, Irish female authors are capturing what really matters to people today, writes novelist Michelle Jackson.

Want to be a writer? New programme urges people to put pen to paper
# Get Writin'
# Get Writin'

Want to be a writer? New programme urges people to put pen to paper

Jan 1st 2013, 7:00 PM 12,832 Views 72 Comments

Three successful Irish authors will offer tips to budding writers through YouTube videos as part of the new National Emerging Writer Programme.

# literature - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

Irish ads of yore that we don't mind at all
# Gentle Persuasion
# Gentle Persuasion

Irish ads of yore that we don't mind at all

Dec 25th 2012, 11:30 AM 8,766 Views 3 Comments

There are no ads on RTÉ today… but if there were, we wouldn’t be charmed if they were like these ones from the turn of the 19th century.

# literature - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year
# Not Ok
From The Daily Edge
# Not Ok

8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year

Nov 21st 2012, 11:05 AM 22,424 Views 19 Comments

The nominees for the 2012 Bad Sex Awards have been announced… Brace yourself.

# literature - Monday 12 November, 2012

Eight Irish writers on longlist for Impac book award
# Books
# Books

Eight Irish writers on longlist for Impac book award

Nov 12th 2012, 8:56 AM 2,943 Views 5 Comments

Let’s not get too excited though – there’s 154 books in total on the longlist for the world’s most valuable literary prize.

# literature - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for second time
# Winning
# Winning

Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for second time

Oct 16th 2012, 10:19 PM 7,083 Views 11 Comments

Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize for her book Bring Up the Bodies, beating off competition from Will Self.

# literature - Saturday 13 October, 2012

Can you identify these Irish literary quotations?
# Pop Quiz
# Pop Quiz

Can you identify these Irish literary quotations?

Oct 13th 2012, 9:15 AM 9,645 Views 21 Comments

Go on, give it a go…

# literature - Thursday 11 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added Christopher Walken
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with added Christopher Walken

Oct 11th 2012, 7:52 PM 7,244 Views 3 Comments

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.

Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize
# Nobel
# Nobel

Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize

Oct 11th 2012, 12:43 PM 2,463 Views 4 Comments

China’s Mo Yan has won the Nobel Literature Prize.

# literature - Monday 1 October, 2012

One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare - survey
# Shakeswho?
# Shakeswho?

One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare - survey

Oct 1st 2012, 10:21 AM 4,907 Views 56 Comments

The survey also found that 5 per cent of people aged 18 to 34 believe that the playwright’s most famous work is Cinderella…

# literature - Sunday 23 September, 2012

Orla Tinsley: Honesty about death and purpose in life
# Read Me
# Read Me

Orla Tinsley: Honesty about death and purpose in life

Sep 23rd 2012, 1:00 PM 2,236 Views 12 Comments

The Seamus Heaney poem ‘Mid-term Break’ always resonated with cystic fibrosis rights campaigner Orla Tinsley – and made her realise that life, though fragile, can be “calculated and powerful”.

# literature - Monday 27 August, 2012

Gabriel Byrne to play lead in TV adaptation of John Banville crime series
# TV
# TV

Gabriel Byrne to play lead in TV adaptation of John Banville crime series

Aug 27th 2012, 8:56 AM 3,568 Views 3 Comments

Banville said Byrne is the “perfect” choice to star in the series – which he penned under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.

# literature - Monday 20 August, 2012

Joyce Tower set to reopen thanks to volunteer support
# Joyce Tower
# Joyce Tower

Joyce Tower set to reopen thanks to volunteer support

Aug 20th 2012, 1:50 PM 4,278 Views 5 Comments

Staffing issues at Fáilte Ireland meant that the James Joyce site closed this summer.

# literature - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?
# Your Shout
# Your Shout

Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?

Jul 31st 2012, 12:00 PM 14,079 Views 19 Comments

Readers of the late, great Irish author have been reminiscing on the Binchy novel that touched them – which one would you give to a friend who had never read her work?

# literature - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

No Irish need apply: Man Booker long list revealed
# Literature
# Literature

No Irish need apply: Man Booker long list revealed

Jul 25th 2012, 4:21 PM 7,597 Views 7 Comments

As usual, the talk is more about who’s not in rather than who is.

# literature - Saturday 14 July, 2012

Column: Why I want to give a book to every child born in Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why I want to give a book to every child born in Ireland

Jul 14th 2012, 7:00 PM 38 Views 29 Comments

Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey writes for TheJournal.ie about why reading is so important – and the reason she loves Dr Seuss.

# literature - Monday 9 July, 2012

Free Shakespeare in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens this August
# To Be
# To Be

Free Shakespeare in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens this August

Jul 9th 2012, 2:50 PM 10,203 Views 12 Comments

Grab a blanket and head down to the Iveagh Gardens this August to see free outdoor production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays.

# literature - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Poll: Have you read Ulysses?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you read Ulysses?

Jun 16th 2012, 11:37 AM 5,122 Views 57 Comments

Today Ireland is celebrating James Joyce’s doorstop novel. But have you actually read it?

# literature - Thursday 14 June, 2012

James Joyce in Paris: 4 things you may not have known
# Bloomsday
# Bloomsday

James Joyce in Paris: 4 things you may not have known

Jun 14th 2012, 7:30 AM 17,462 Views 19 Comments

Ahead of Bloomsday, travel writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan went to Paris on the trail of author James Joyce – and was surprised by the things he learned about his time there…

# literature - Sunday 3 June, 2012

Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin
# Mario Vargas Llosa
# Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin

Jun 3rd 2012, 7:45 AM 2,187 Views 1 Comment

Mario Vargas Llosa has been an important figure in world literature since the 1960s – and will speak to students and some lucky members of the public at Spanish institute in Dublin.

# literature - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Over half of Irish people use public libraries - survey
# Books
# Books

Over half of Irish people use public libraries - survey

May 9th 2012, 9:01 AM 2,764 Views 23 Comments

A study in the UK has found that more than three-quarters of people in Ireland believe libraries are either ‘very important’ or ‘essential’.

# literature - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Signed copy of The Importance of Being Earnest fetches $362,500 at Sotheby's
# Oscar Wilde
# Oscar Wilde

Signed copy of The Importance of Being Earnest fetches $362,500 at Sotheby's

Apr 21st 2012, 1:38 PM 1,860 Views 3 Comments

A signed first edition of Oscar Wilde’s play was bought for several times the estimate at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

# literature - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Seamus Heaney honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
# Irish Book Awards
# Irish Book Awards

Seamus Heaney honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov 17th 2011, 10:32 PM 2,259 Views 7 Comments

The Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards have announced this year’s winners…

# literature - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released
# Book Awards
# Book Awards

Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released

Oct 20th 2011, 7:12 PM 614 Views 2 Comments

The Nobel laureate will be honoured at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2011.

# literature - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes
# Ig Nobel Prize
From The Daily Edge
# Ig Nobel Prize

Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes

Oct 5th 2011, 3:56 PM 1,154 Views 2 Comments

The alternative annual prizes – honouring science that makes us laugh and think – are as off-the-wall as ever.

# literature - Friday 23 September, 2011

Culture Night 2011 set to be the 'biggest ever'
# Culture Night
# Culture Night

Culture Night 2011 set to be the 'biggest ever'

Sep 23rd 2011, 11:02 AM 2,168 Views 0 Comments

Culture Night kicks off this evening, with free art, music, theatre and dancing events taking place across the country – as well as galleries, churches and museums staying open late for the public. Check out some of tonight’s highlights…

# literature - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Irish are among Europe's most bookish
# Summer Reads
From The Daily Edge
# Summer Reads

Irish are among Europe's most bookish

Jul 28th 2011, 3:15 PM 835 Views 1 Comment

Irish people on holidays read an average of 2.4 books during a two week break – making them the most prolific readers in Europe, save the British.

# literature - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

Sebastian Barry makes Man Booker longlist
# Man Booker
# Man Booker

Sebastian Barry makes Man Booker longlist

Jul 26th 2011, 6:13 PM 510 Views 0 Comments

Irish author makes list of 13 authors vying for prestigious literary prize for his novel On Canaan’s Side.

# literature - Monday 4 July, 2011

It's a conspiracy: Dan Brown tops list of most unwanted books
# Browned Off
From The Daily Edge
# Browned Off

It's a conspiracy: Dan Brown tops list of most unwanted books

Jul 4th 2011, 5:07 PM 948 Views 11 Comments

The Da Vinci Code writer is the author most often handed in to charity shops. Here we look at some of the other works nobody seems to want…

# literature - Sunday 3 July, 2011

Column: 'Writing is a way to fight those who want people silenced'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: 'Writing is a way to fight those who want people silenced'

Jul 3rd 2011, 7:00 PM 14 Views 2 Comments

Libyan author Hisham Matar, whose father was ‘disappeared’ by Gaddafi 21 years ago, says writing is a political act – and that the Irish know that better than anyone.

# literature - Monday 13 June, 2011

John Simpson and Jim Sheridan among speakers at Dalkey Book Festival
# Dalkey Book Festival
From The Daily Edge
# Dalkey Book Festival

John Simpson and Jim Sheridan among speakers at Dalkey Book Festival

Jun 13th 2011, 3:32 PM 506 Views 0 Comments

The weekend’s literature-packed event is aimed at boosting community spirit in the recession, organiser and economist David McWilliams told TheJournal.ie.

# literature - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction
# Literature
From The Daily Edge
# Literature

Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

Jun 9th 2011, 12:53 PM 372 Views 1 Comment

Twenty-five-year-old Serbian-American Téa Obreht beat off competition from the favourite, Irish writer Emma Donoghue.

# literature - Thursday 2 June, 2011

No woman writer will ever be my equal, says author VS Naipaul
# Women Writers
From The Daily Edge
# Women Writers

No woman writer will ever be my equal, says author VS Naipaul

Jun 2nd 2011, 10:44 AM 485 Views 0 Comments

“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me,” said the Booker Prize winner.