Posts Tagged ‘Arts & Literature’

What Are You Like? Writer Mary Beth Keane

On swanky hotels, Gráinne O’Malley’s tailor-made pirate outfits, and her own unusual hidden talent. ℘℘℘ Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Ask Again, Yes, is a lyrical, moving tale spanning 40 years about family, love, alcoholism and mental illness. Told with tenderness and empathy for the human condition, it is juxtaposed with just the right amount ofRead more..

Ulster at Play Pays Homage to Northern Irish Theatre

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Origin 1st Irish Theatre Fest, which ran during the month of January, welcomed all those with a love of the Irish arts scene to attend any of its seven productions and nine special events over its three-week run. Among the featured productions was playwright and producer Turlough McConnell’s Ulster atRead more..

Beckett Unplugged

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, leading Beckett interpreters, and John Minihan, the photographer who captured Beckett on film, talk to Rosemary Rogers. ℘℘℘ Samuel Beckett created the greatest body of literary work – novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and, most famously, plays for theatre, radio, and TV – in the 20th century. But the IrishmanRead more..

Review of Books

Recently-published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ MEMOIR Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us By Roma Downey A 10-year-old Roma Downey, mourning the sudden, unexpected death of her vibrant mother, goes to Maureen O’Reilly Downey’s grave to plant her favorite flower – pansies. “She used to say she thought they looked likeRead more..

Bobby Kennedy’s Message of Unity and Raging Spirit

Chris Matthews talks about his new book, which offers valuable insights into Bobby Kennedy, and why we need someone of Kennedy’s ilk today. ℘℘℘ Next year, on St. Patrick’s Day, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will open a new exhibit entitled “The Train: RFK’s Last Journey.” The centerpiece of the show will beRead more..

Review of Books

Recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ NONFICTION Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics By Lawrence O’Donnell MSNBC pundit Lawrence O’Donnell found himself in an Irish feud a few months back with Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly. O’Donnell, himself a Boston-born Irish American, blasted Kelly’s comments aboutRead more..

What Are You Like?
Sebastian Barry

Novelist Sebastian Barry takes our questionnaire.  ℘℘℘ Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, writing plays as well as novels that chart the course of Irish and Irish American history through a single, extended family. Barry’s latest novel, Days Without End, has already earned worldwideRead more..

“A Living Soul for Ireland:” The Poetic Legacy of the Rising

On Sunday March 27, 2016, with other representatives of the Irish diaspora, I attended a remarkable ceremony at the General Post Office in Dublin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Both the GPO, the headquarters of the Rising, and O’Connell Street, the center of the city, had lain in ruins aRead more..

Review of Books

New novels by Irish authors; challenging the legacy of the Rising; and Americans’ role in the rebellion. ℘℘℘ A Line Made By Walking By Sara Baume Tragic figures such as Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf feature prominently in history’s narrative of the creatively-inclined and chronically depressed. Implied in the legacies of these figuresRead more..

Out & About: Malachy McCourt Honored

Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) presented Malachy McCourt, the legendary actor, author, and radio host with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on October 17, 2016 at the Manhattan Club in New York. Celebrities from the worlds of film and theatre as well as previous O’Neill Award recipients, including writers William Kennedy, PeteRead more..