The Lit Review |68| Penguin Modern Poets

And knowing better than any instrument

What grey winds are walking overhead, what zone

of grey unrest is moving across the land,

I leave the book upon the pillowed chair


And dial up this week’s Lit Review 🙂


Dalkey is the home of Flann O’Brien’s favourite fictional archive, and this week it will also be hosting the Dalkey Book Festival.

Everyone’s fantasy, fiscal dinner date Yannis Varoufakis will be in town on Thursday evening. He will be joined later in the weekend (because who wouldn’t want to hang around)  by Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan, as well as Ross O’Carroll Kelly.

There will also be themed events throughtout the week, including a Midnight Poe session on Friday night.

On the 23rd June the Irish Writer’s will host Joanna Walsh, who will be in conversation, in conjunction with the Irish Times Bookclub. The IT’s book for June has been Walsh’s unsettling and excellent Vertigo

Whatever your view of the national press, it would definitely be worth having picking up a copy in the next week or so and coming along.

An stage adaptation of Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim Two Boys is in its second week at the Samuel Beckett theatre.

Also on the 23rd, the Bernard Shaw will be hosting it’s own literary party. The launch of Alicia Byrne Keane‘s debut collection of poetry will feature music from Holly Cooper and Oisin McCabe, as well as poetry from Niall Donnelly and Caoimhe Lavelle.

This week (from the 18th) is also Independent Booksellers’ Week, so keep a weather eye out for readings and other events in your local bookvendor.


Domhnall Gleeson
The most handsome fella in all of Enniscorthy. Source: Wikimedia Commons

As per IFTN, Domhnall Gleeson has been cast as Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne in an upcoming biopic to be directed by Stephen Curtis. The film will also star Margot Robbie as Milne’s wife Daphne.

The Penguin Modern Poets Series is set to given a 21st Century reboot. The original series was released in the 1960s and introduced a generation of readers to then contemporary poets such as Laurence Ferlinghetti and was revived for three years in the 1990s, featuring future Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.


The Ogham Stone, based in UL, have put out a call for submissions. They are on the lookout for fiction, creative non-ficiton, memoir, poetry and graphic fiction. Send submissions, which should not exceed 2000 words or 50 lines, to [email protected] by 28th August 2016.

Book Upstairs on D’Olier Street are seeking a café supervisor/barista. The ideal candidate will be creative, friendly and a natural multi-tasker, and will send their CV to [email protected] An interest in bukes and literature is not a must (but probably an advantage.)

As previously reported, The Incubator are on the lookout for submissions throughout the month of June.

The Twitterary Review

This week on Twitter, the Lit Review has been doing some investigative work.

Joanna Walsh has been engaging with some campaign literature.

Aidan Chambers was keeping it real at #NCRCL

The Irish Writer’s Centre clearly took his advice to heart.

Meanwhile the Copper Canyon Press were building the hype.

‘John Banville’ has been the victim of a theft.

See you next week!