Graham Allen is a professor of English at University College Cork and The Madhouse System (2016) is his second collection of poems, following on from The One That Got Away (2014). Both are collections of poems that capture life in its wonder, pain, madness, hypocrisy, and joy. For some reason stones recur, I don't know why. I … Continue reading ‘Bright Star, Elegy for David Bowie’ Graham Allen…and other star people.
Two pieces of Irish cultural output, both on screen, resonate deeply, not only with Irish people but across the globe in an unprecedented manner. The first occurs in 1952 with the release of John Ford's The Quiet Man and the second in 1994 at the Eurovision song contest, when the interval act Riverdance causes a … Continue reading Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?
A warning ; what follows is best described as a brain dump, an attempt to get some thoughts down on paper and to see where it leads... One of my first challenges in the study of Irish writing is to determine what is Irishness or Irish culture? How is it, or indeed, can it be … Continue reading A glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps
Welcome. My name is Epr James and last year I graduated from University College Cork having completed a Bachelor of arts degree in English and Politics. I now embark on a taught Masters degree in English, focusing on Irish writing and Film: Theories and Traditions. This notebook aims to act as a record of the … Continue reading Digging