‘McCoubrey’ published this week

McCoubrey is a novel by Mark B. McCaffery and is being launched in Portadown tonight, 2 May. Below is a description of the novel and its author and here is the audio of an interview with the author on BBC's Good Morning Ulster which can be found at 2 hours and 20...

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Karl & Groucho, et al

Karl & Groucho, et al

Writer and poet Eoghan ‘Gino’ Mac Cormaic* reviews a new book of poetry by north Belfast man Scott McKendry which is published today. -oo0oo- By way of introduction to Scott McKendry’s first full poetry collection Gub, the author offers a dictionary-style definition...

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Far Above The World – Book Review

Far Above The World – Book Review

It is not that easy to depict in fiction the mind of a child: the innocence, the naivety, the vulnerability, the ignorance, sensitivity, the misperceptions, the misreading of the adult world. Yet, Michael Flavin* has achieved that objective quite brilliantly,...

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Marwan Barghouti – A Palestinian Hero

Marwan Barghouti – A Palestinian Hero

This feature was published twenty years ago in my book, Rebel Columns, which was issued by Beyond The Pale. Marwan has been in jail for the past twenty-one years. Marwan Barghouti - A Palestian Hero In a dangerous or threatening situation one or two individuals within...

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NATIVE SHORE

NATIVE SHORE

Finished this novel in the early hours and just wanted to congratulate the author, journalist and playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, for the way he melded and contrasts aspects of the republican struggle for a united Ireland with Scotland’s attempt to secure...

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Poetry Book Reissued

Poetry Book Reissued

I was honoured and proud to be involved in the publication of Eoghan (Gino) Mac Cormaic’s poetry book, the pen behind the wire. I’d previously worked with Gino in editing his book about the H-Block prison protest, On The Blanket. So, it’s great that the poetry book...

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Féile na bhFlaitheartach

Féile na bhFlaitheartach

The bilingual Féile na bhFlaitheartach 2023, which celebrates the story-telling of Liam O’Flaherty, takes place on Inis Mór, Aran, on the weekend of the 26/27 August.  The Liam & Tom O’Flaherty Society is celebrating its eleventh bilingual summer festival,...

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I COULD READ THE SKY

I COULD READ THE SKY

Tim O’Grady and Steve Pyke’s photographic novel, I Could Read the Sky, first publsihed in 1997, has just been reissued in a brilliant new edition, along with an audiobook which combines O’Grady’s reading with a score created by fiddler Martin Hayes (who in a concert...

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Shorty & Sinead

Shorty & Sinead

I told Sinead O'Connor this story in 1997 in London--and she teared up. I had written it in 1992 in H-3, Long Kesh, for An Phoblacht/Republican News. The next day she gave me a miniature Madonna and Child statuette. SHORTY We had an Irish juke-box in Crumlin Road...

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A ‘Magisterial Study’

A ‘Magisterial Study’

Cahir O’Doherty, Arts Editor, Features and Travel Writer for The Irish Voice, Irish America magazine and IrishCentral.com reviews Patrick Anderson’s book, Rewriting The Troubles: War and Propaganda, Ireland and Algeria. This review first appeared in The Irish Voice on...

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