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Writer. @bookshowrte presenter. Editor of #LongGazeBack (@newislandbooks, @bgeibas winner) & The Glass Shore anthology (Autumn 2016) Book Reviewer. #MUFC

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson review: challenging and profound — In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts I downloaded a Granta podcast with the American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other things, and describes her own work as "anti-memoir".

The Long Gaze Back

Announcing The Glass Shore... — Happy International Women's Day - and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey's Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion and Christine Dwyer Hickey at the Ennis Bookclub Festival.

Mothers, and the pram-in-the-hall problem — I am sitting at an antique desk, looking out at beech trees and the dark grey of a lake. It's late afternoon, and despite many cups of tea and slabs of cake, all concentration has deserted me.

Being the sole sister among brothers is a special experience — From the age of five, until I finally let it go aged 11, I constantly badgered my mother for a sister. I am an only girl, in the middle of two brothers, and my plea was not because they weren't brilliant siblings - they just weren't girls.

Review: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit — Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (Granta) In 2008, Rebecca Solnit wrote about an incident that took place during a skiing weekend in Aspen. In the essay, the writer recounts a conversation with their host, a wealthy man, who asks what she does for a living.

Spinster: on the madness of being man-less — 'Whom to marry, and when it will happen - these two questions define every woman's existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does, or doesn't practice . . . " This is the opening of Spinster, in which Kate Bolick minorly examines the historical condition of spinsterhood while focusing on five literary women she deems her "awakeners".

Norah Hoult: brilliant, censored and forgotten — At this year's Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, JP Donleavy received a deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. His seminal novel, The Ginger Man, was published (and subsequently banned) in 1955. Across the room of award tables sat Edna O'Brien, nominated for Irish Novel of the Year.

The Long Gaze Back: Press round-up, Irish Blog Awards, Events — I could not have anticipated the response to The Long Gaze Back, and the enthusiasm that people have for the Irish short story. A month after the book was published, New Island Books had to reprint it, and we are delighted to be nominated for Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards next ...

The books that understand female friendship — Every couple of years, a particular kind of article is trotted out, aimed strictly at book obsessives and literary nerds (*holds up hand*). It's the clickbait-y kind that asks readers for their hottest/most marriageable literary hero.
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May 01, 2016

@jimcarrollOTR He's a great reader too. I really admire his work. Hope this book reaches far and wide...

May 01, 2016

@aoifemrtn He's *very* Ballard - and always cites him as an influence.

May 01, 2016

@aoifemrtn He also wrote another great collection called Forensic Songs. He takes risks, and experiments with form/voice.

May 01, 2016

@oneilllo @TrampPress When looking for stories for STOH, Peter Murphy described him to me as "Ireland's greatest living short story writer".

May 01, 2016

One of Ireland's best (and underrated, I think) writers has a new novel out. Looking forward to Solar Bones.

May 01, 2016

@inkwellHQ Thank you! Taken by fab @GHollandPhoto at our Book Show Women and Words event. (Sabina Higgins was a guest, so I had to scrub up)

May 01, 2016

Trying to imagine Enda Kenny doing the equivalent of a White House Correspondents Dinner speech (including a mic drop).Trying to imagine Enda Kenny doing the equivalent of a White House Correspondents Dinner speech (including a mic drop).

May 01, 2016

"There is illness and injury which has produced a great deal of not writing". Not Writing by Anne Boyer: #readwomen

May 01, 2016

@belindamckeon @oneilllo Yes, Twitter brevity muddied that bit. I liked your line about the fact that "they had their chance".

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