I received a number of books this Christmas the above being one. The book jacket states: Over the past hundred years, Ireland has undergone profound political, social and cultural changes. But one thing that has not changed is the Irish genius for observation and storytelling, invective and self-scrutiny. Ireland: The Autobiography draws upon this genius … Continue reading Literary Review: Ireland The Autobiography
The Cambridge Guide to Modern Irish Culture. Edited by Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly. The companion states: it provides an authoritative introduction to the historical, social and stylistic complexities of modern Irish culture. Readers will be introduced to Irish studies in its widest sense and helped to find their way through the cultural and theoretical … Continue reading Literary Review: “The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture”.
So day one, in a 'post-truth' world, enter stage left, Mr Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary.... Clearly size matters to President Trump, hands, ties, number of people attending his inauguration, the number of illegal immigrants who voted for Hilary..... Sean Spicer, well in fairness, there are no 'real words' to describe his version of … Continue reading Trump Watch: A Fake News Special…..
On the 16th November 2016, at University College Cork, Dr Heather Laird gave a research seminar paper, 'Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration' which analysed RTE's flagship 1916 commemorative TV project, Rebellion. Dr Laird began by discussing some of the challenges history affords us, citing Ged Martin's work, 'Past Futures: The Impossible Necessity of History (University of … Continue reading Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration.
I am coming clean, there is another man in my life. I just cannot avoid him, no matter what strategies I employ he is ever present. So I have decided instead of trying to avoid him, I am going to create a space for him in my life. So who is this man? It is … Continue reading There is another man in my life………….
Doing an unscientific straw poll with a few people I hoped knew some well known current TV writers, I ascertained that the names Paul Abbot (Cracker, Shameless, Clocking off, State of play, No Offense) and Jimmy McGovern (Brookside, Cracker, The Street, Hillsborough) were, unsurprisingly, recognized. However the name Sally Wainwright was not. Interesting. Sally is … Continue reading To walk invisible
Never has the music and lyrics of Burt Bacharach and Hal David resonated so poignantly as on the day Leonard Cohen passed away (he reportedly died on Tuesday 8th November 2016, announced on the 10th), the day the people of the United States of America (did we ever envisage questioning the term 'united'?) elected Donald … Continue reading What the world needs now is love sweet love…..lets have a chat about nationalism
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