The Lit Review |83| Banned Books Week



A new collection of Irish fiction by writers from Northern Ireland will be launched in the Ulster Museum on Monday 3rd October. The collection, entitled The Glass Shore, is edited by Sinead Gleeson, the presenter of the Book Show on RTE.

Mary O’Malley’s latest collection Playing the Octopus will be launched on Wednesday the 28th September at 7pm in Poetry Ireland‘s new headquarters in Parnell Square.

Poetry Ireland are also collaborating with HomePlace in organising the launch of All Through the Night a new collection of poems and lullabies edited by Marie Heaney. The event takes place at the newly opened Seamus Heaney birthplace in Bellaghy.

On the evening of Tuesday 4th September Books Upstairs will host readings by poets Mary O’Donnell and Donald Gardner.


The Monday Echo will be gathering in the Mezz this Monday evening for an evening of spoken word and music.

Ó Bhéal will be gathering in the Long Valley Pub this Monday, this week’s guest is Rafiq Kathwari.


The Best Production Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival has been awarded to Riot by Thisispopbaby. Best Design went to This Beach by Brokentalkers, Best Ensemble went to the Rusangano Family, while the Judge’s Choice Award went to Very Rich Hours by TableTop.

The Banned Books week continues this week. The week long awareness based event was launched in 1982, since when 11,300 books have been ‘challenged’ (had their status in libraries or schools questioned on the grounds of the content.) This year the British Library, the Free World Centre and Islington Libraries have collaborated to celebrate Banned Books Week in the UK for the first time.

Emma Donoghue’s lastest novel The Wonder is one of six titles that has been shortlisted for the Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize. The prize is worth 100,000 dollars.


For those struggling with their coursework, Dr Phillip Coleman, TCD, will be giving a workshop on Academic Essay Writing at the Irish Writers Centre this weekend.

LitMag are accepting paid fiction, non-fiction and poetry submissions with a word count of 4000 words for online pieces, and 15,000 for those appearing online. Successful submissions will be paid 1000 pounds, or 250 per poem.

The Twitterary Review


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

People will always need coal…

It is often hard to recognise future classics in their own time.

Before Kelis, there was Medieval and Renaissance Romance.

The quintessence of life.

See you next week!

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