The Lit Review |81|Man Booker Shortlist

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fill with murky puddles, here,

your phone fails

to find a signal.


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Alicia Byrne Keane, Sian Conway and Ailish Kerr will be performing spoken word at Gals Gig for Repeal this Saturday. The event, hosted by In Place, will take place in a reclaimed space at 12 Tara Street.

Poetry Ireland will be launching a new anthology, edited by Marie Heaney this Saturday at The Westbury. Attendees can expect free prosecco and canapés, as well as a performance by Lisa Hannigan.

Ó Bhéal will be gathering, as they do every week, in the Long Valley Pub on Winthrop Street in Cork on Monday. This weeks guest is Kevin Payne.

The Monday Echo will gathering in The Mezz this Monday for an evening of spoken word extravagance, doors are at half seven.

There are a number of literary events on the programme for Culture Night this year, including a talk by Maurice Earls on the history of magazine, book and pamphlet publishing on D’Olier Street in Books Upstairs. There will also be spoken word and live performance from seven pm in MART Gallery in Rathmines.


The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. The six titles from a long list of thirteen, originally selected from 155 entries, are Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton), His Bloody Project by Macrae Burnett (Contraband), The Sell Out by Paul Beatty (Oneworld), Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta), Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and All the Man is by David Szalay (both Vintage). Prize winning authors JM Coetzee, Al Kennedy and Elizabeth Strout were not included, among other authors published outside the UK. The prize is worth £50,000.

Author Kevin Barry has written about his time living in Cork as a young man in the latest edition of Granta.

As per Bookseller, the UK rights to Dublin author Sally Rooney’s debut novel have been acquired by Faber & Faber after a ‘seven way auction.’ Thus far, the novel has been sold to twelve publishers by agency Mitzi Angel, who hold English and Commonwealth rights.


Fourteen Hills will be accepting fiction, poetry and flash fiction submissions until the 1st December. Submissions are free for current subscribers , or cost two dollards otherwise.

The Hudson Review will be accepting fiction submissions until the beginning of November.

Lunch Ticket, a bi annual journal assembled by the MFA community in Los Angeles, is accepting  submissions until the end of October.

The Twitterary Review

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

Mallow News are providing a master class is dystopian tweets.

Dire straits…

Concrete feels.

There’s always next year ‘John’.

See you next week!