Eight things about reading at O Bheal in Cork that everyone should know

Ireland is replete with literary events and poetry readings. All literary events are literary, but not all of them are equal. O Bheal ( http://www.obheal.ie ) is a particularly good one, and it was a marvelously enjoyable evening for me. 1. Resistance is futile. You are made just so welcome. I am not a particularly … Continue reading Eight things about reading at O Bheal in Cork that everyone should know

Ursula K Le Guin’s Cracking Speech at the National Book Foundation Awards

  Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. A Brief Riveting Speech by a Mistress of Letters about the difference between writing for a market and writing for art.   A few days back a brilliant … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin’s Cracking Speech at the National Book Foundation Awards

Notes Scribbled in Dejection in JC’s Cake & Cafe Shop Newtownmountkennedy

When you are stuck in a Cafe in Newtownmountkennedy an hour or two before an appointment, one can become intolerably bored. Being a bit of a bore myself, I start talking to complete strangers, who for the most part have come in for a quiet time by themselves and don’t want a strange hairy talkative … Continue reading Notes Scribbled in Dejection in JC’s Cake & Cafe Shop Newtownmountkennedy