The Lit Review |110| Lough Beg & Literary Soap

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Save Heaney Country
Lough Beg
The Strand at Lough Beg. Source: InSite Tours

A Crowdfunder campaign seeks to defend a site featured in several Seamus Heaney poems, along with several other protected sites. The campaign, posted on behalf of “personal litigator” Chris Murphy and his wife Doris, is currently funded for 2% of its goal with fifty three days to go. The targeted £8000 in funds will go towards “good legal opinion and ongoing campaign costs.”

The campaign purports not stand to oppose infrastructure in the area, rather to seek a “win-win situation.” The issue pertains to a four mile stretch of a 160 million dual carriageway which passes within a hundred metres of Heaney’s birthplace Mossbawn, as well as the Lough Beg National Reserve. The campaign proposes this stretch of the dual carriageway, which began construction in October 2016, be rerouted.

A similar campaign created by the same account successfully raised £840 for a judicial review in February and March this year.

Authors for Grenfell

Over the past week, an online auction featuring signed books and a named character in Phillip Pullman’s forthcoming novel has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

A signed copy of Irish writer Dave Rudden‘s novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark fetched £45. HeadStuff readers may be more familiar with Graham Linehan’s work on ‘Father Ted’, but it was a signed script of an episode of ‘Count Arthur Strong‘ which raised £350. An earlier bid in Australian dollars was rejected.

A one hour editorial session with British author Joanna Walsh received bids up to £170. Walsh recently worked as Writer in Residence at NUIG, and Vertigoa collection of stories was published by Tramp Press in 2015.

Literary Soap

Starting this Monday (5th July), the Evening Echo will serialise Personal Services, a “summer soap” by Cork based writer Sue Dukes. Now in its second year, the summer soap is a collaboration between the UCC MA in Creative Writing and Examiner Publications. Last summer’s serials were penned by Mark Kelleher and Kelly Warburton. Dukes’ twelve episode series will be followed by Luisa Geisler’s Twelve Letters From Home later this summer.

In other new, the UCC English Department recently named Thomas Morris, former staff editor at the ‘Stinging Fly’ and author We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, as their Writer in Residence for 2017-18. It remains to be seen whether Morris will take up full time residence in Cork.


A new monthly fiction event took place on Cork’s North Mall on 25th June. The event, entitled ‘Fiction at the Friary’ is to be held again on 30th July at the Friary Pub, and will feature an open mic, as well as readings from established authors.

Ó Bhéal will be gathering, as always, in the Long Valley Pub this Monday for their weekly evening of poetry and spoken word performance.


The Tangerine will be accepting features, short fiction, poetry, photography and illustrations until 14th July

The Stinging Fly is seeking submissions for a “housing feature” to included in their winter issue (No. 37) until 12th July.

Dublin based media company The Greedy Pig are seeking an intern for the summer months, whom they are willing to pay.

The Twitterary Review

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More dispute as to role of the modern writer:

Good thing Tubs’ day job is late at night…

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