The Lit Review |66| Burying Books

Time and fevers burn away

individual beauty from

thoughtful children, and the grave

proves the child ephemeral.


But the Lit Review is forever.


Kerry is destination literature as this Listowel Writer’s Week starts tonight. If you’re not based there already, it could be time to quit your job(s), sever all ties and catch some great readings and talks.

Tomorrow morning Louise O’Neill and Donal Ryan will speaking at the YA Festival. Later in the morning the Prize Winners will be reading their work. The following morning, a plaque dedicated to Maeve Binchy will be unveiled in Ballybunion. On Saturday, Stinging Fly editor Declan Meade will be leading a 1916 themed panel starring Sean O’Reilly, Gavin Corbett, Elaine Feeney and Doireann Ní Ghríofra.

Also, William Wall, Caitríona Lally, Paul Muldoon, A.L Kennedy, John MacKenna, Nuala O’Connor, Joanna Walsh and Joanne Harris are all in town.

In Dublin, there is a poetry reading in Hoggis and Figgis this evening. The Gallery Press will be marking the launch of The Way To Work by Tom French and Vona Groarke’s Selected Poems.

Last week, Book Upstairs hosted the launch of Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth.

David Mitchell Future Library
David Mitchell, handing over the goods. Source


David Mitchell’s latest book won’t be available until 2114 as the manuscript has been handed over to Scottish artist Katie Patterson’s Future Library Project. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka forest as part of the project. In 2114 they will be cut down to make paper for the 100 new titles. The project began last year with the donation of Margaret Atwood’s manuscript for Scribbler Moon. Each year, the author in question travels to the forest in order to ceremonially hand over their manuscript.


The deadline RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story writing competition is approaching, on the 10th June at 6pm. Physical submissions should arrive at PO Box 1480, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, or [email protected], if they are electronic. Entries should be 2,000 words or less.

Half Mystic are accepting submissions for their second issue, just so long as they are about music. Pieces should be under 3000 words, although all quotations should be from material in the public domain.

The Twitterary Review

This week on twitter, The Lit Review has been doing some investigative work:

Thomas Morris has been doing some literary debunking.

There is a new Chair of Poetry.

Paul Muldoon has already arrived in Listowel.

The Thane of Cawdor is back on the campaign trail.

May is the cruellest month, for Joanna Walsh at least.

And ‘John Banville’ has been making the most of a case of mistaken identity.

See you next week!

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