What does it mean to be Irish, in these (we hope!) post-nationalist days. And especially if you don’t actually live in Ireland.Continue reading
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Another video, this time reading two poems — “Halo” & “Long Light” — at The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Indie Author Fringe Fest. See below for the text of the poems. HALO My brother, Conor, used them as they should be used, the rings. Hoops of grey rubber to throw at numbered hooks on a board and make the grownups who came to our place for their daily drink call out. Well done! when one caught on. To me, each one was a thing to Read MoreContinue reading
Last Week: Go Creative… With Stephen King This is an edited version of John Patrick Shanley’s acceptance speech when honoured with the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree. John Patrick Shanley: “To be a writer is like you get to sleep in a glass bed. It’s beautiful, it’s hard, it’s cold, but you get to see down, way down.” I love you all. I’m miserable with love for you. I want to move in with you. I want to stay with you until you die. And I want to bury you. I hate you, too. The paradox. The contradiction….Continue reading
The wo/man who doesn’t write has no advantage over the wo/man who can’t. Those of us who are lucky enough to be literate can take writing for granted. It has become so everyday we forget that writing is magic, and magic of a very advanced kind. These simple dark marks on a light page manage to hold millennia of information, and knowledge, and opinion, and emotion, and entertainment, and inspiration, all capable of being communicated to each other across time and space. As a human breakthrough, the invention of writing ranks with that of fire. Writing is, actually, the uniquely human achievement….Continue reading
I’m honoured to be reading at the London Irish Centre’s Tribute to Seamus Heaney tomorrow evening. I’m thinking of reading “Ballynahinch Lake” and “Postscript”, two poems that I think of as companion pieces and the two that, for me, best capture Seamus’s mud-and-lotus attitude to the delights and sufferings of life. “Postscript” was the one I turned to when I heard he’d left us. Or I may go for “St Kevin and The Blackbird” and the line that inspired my novel, Blue Mercy: “the whole thing’s imagined anyhow.” The “whole thing” in this case being the legend, yes, but also life itself….Continue reading