Lit Review |80| Rooney Prize Announced

Within, walls continued upright,

bricks met neatly, and doors were sensibly shut;

silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House,

and whatever walked there, walked alone.


When weren’t getting together of a Sunday to read the Lit Review, that is…


The Dublin Fringe festival kicks off on 10th September, and will be running for the next couple of weeks. There will be a lot of theatre including Oisín McKenna’s Gays Against the Free State, and a new production of The Aeneid by Collapsing Horse. Spoken word collective the Brown Bread Mixtape (former stamping ground of recently published author Karl Parkinson) also have a show.

There are also a number of Headstuff’s very own performing during the festival: Gearoid Farrelly, Andrea Farrell, Alison Spittle and Davey Reilly will all be putting on shows.

In book launch news, O’Brien Press will be celebrating the release of Judi Curtin’s Time After Time with an 80s themed party in Easons on O’Connell Street, at six pm tomorrow evening (8th September.) The book concerns the adventures of Molly and Beth, two accidental time travellers who get the chance to see the world through their parents eyes.

As always, the Monday Echo will gathering in the Mezz on Monday (12th) evening for their weekly showcase of poetry and spoken word performance.

Similarly, Ó Bhéal will gathering in the Long Valley Pub on Monday Winthrop Street for their own evening of spoken word hi jinx. This week’s guest


Issue three of Dublin based literary journal Banshee will be available at the Cork Short Story Festival ahead of its official release date.

Rooney Prize
Brian O’Nolan, a man with as many names as pen pals. Source

This year’s Rooney Prize, for emerging Irish writers under forty, was awarded to poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, for her recent collection Clasp. Ní Ghríofa used the opportunity to call for a vote on the 8th amendment, stating the that the prize was awarded for a ‘body of work.’

The Flann O’Brien Society has issued a call for anyone with leads as to whereabouts of letters written by the Irish writer. The call comes following a similar appeal from Dr Maebh Long, who is to edit a collection of the letters, many of which are housed in archives in the United States. The project has been authorised by the Brian O’Nolan estate.

A new journal entitled Winter Pages will publish its second volume on 2nd October. The journal is edited by author Kevin Barry and academic Olivia Smith. Volume one included contributions from Claire Louise Bennett, Rob Doyle, Sally Rooney, as well as The Rubberbandits.


The brilliantly titled Bat City Review will be accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry until 1st October. The journal is run by graduate students in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Blue Lyra Review will be taking submissions until 30th September. The journal is primarily interested in creative non-fiction (as well as visual art) but also publishes Flash Fiction.

Submissions for Ghost Proposal are open until the end of October. Submissions which do not ‘sit comfortably within genre labels’ are particularly welcome.

The Twitterary Review

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

Thomas Morris gets the illustration treatment.

Joanne Harris contemplates Michael Gove’s impending critical career.

Flannery O’Connor knew how to pass the time…

As if 2016 couldn’t get any worse…

Thirteen billion…

(NB this is not John Banville.)

See you next week!

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