The Lit Review |75| Man Booker Prize Oversight

A slumber did my spirit seal;

I had no human fears:

Apart from missing this week’s Lit Review!!!


Those hoping to hear some top notch contemporary Irish fiction this evening (Wednesday) should head down to the Temple Bar Gallery, where Rooney prize winner Sara Baume and Clare Louise Bennett will be reading. The event is free but tickets must be booked online in advance.

The Monday Echo will be back in the Mezz next Monday (having been in JT Pim’s last time out) for another evening of spoken word performance. The Sunday Slam will also be gathering the first Sunday of each month, starting 4th September in Filmbase.


As always, Ò Bhèal will be gathering in The Long Valley pub for an evening of poetry and divilment (!). Anne Irwin and Stephen Byrne are this week’s guests.


Man Booker Prize

Dinner at the Man Booker “International” Prize. Source


Following considerable activity on social media, Tramp Press have been featured on the Irish Times website in relation to the restriction on Irish publishers to enter novels for the Man Booker Prize. The exclusion of Solar Bones by Mike McCormack under the stipulation is the original cause for contention. “Independent publishers based in Ireland… face a challenge when they find and champion a book they believe in. The only way to make sure it is in with a chance for major awards such as the Man Booker is to co-publish or even sell it on to a publisher with a UK base.”

As reported by the Indepedenta study from the University of Padua, recently published in the Economic Journal, finds that boys who grow up around books go on to earn more as adults (than other, non-book boys). The study encompassed 6000 men born in nine European countries between 1020 and 1956.


Gigantic Sequins, a literary journal with roots across the United States, is accepting submission until 8th August. Submissions are to be made electronically via Submittable or the journal’s website. Submittors receive a special discount on subscription.

The Scottish Book Trust are currently taking submissions for the New Chapter Award. The bursary will awarded to an emerging writer over the age of 40 yet to publish a full length work. Successful applicants will demonstrate a genuine potential for publication.

As previously reported, The Tangerine are seeking submissions for their first print issue until 31st August.

The Twitterary Review

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

Sometimes its about relishing the little things.

Can’t argue with that…

Finally some advice young writers can apply in their day to day lives.

Life imitates art, imitates life.

Just to say…

See you next week!

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