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Liberties: Flash Fiction from Ireland now released on iTunes!

Originally posted on libertiesflash:
Last month, Liberties Festival Dublin held its very first flash fiction competition. Writers were called on to submit their best 50-300 words on the theme ‘Liberties’ – either the concept of liberties or The Liberties area of Dublin, Ireland. We were bowled over by the entries and decided the only decent thing to do would be…

Review: Risk Everything

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. George F. Walker’s Risk Everything, originally written as part of his Suburban Motel series of plays, had is European premiere at The New Theatre last night, presented by Whirligig Theatre.  Walker, one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed playwrights, wrote the Suburban Motel series of plays all based in the same…

Review: The Man in Two Pieces

The boy (Gerard Adlum) tells the tale of a man he once knew; a vaudevillian showman who traveled the length and breadth of Ireland bringing a little mystery and excitement with him as he went. This showman, Kerrigan (Stephen Brennan) is travelling with his troupe: an “Italian” strongman (from Sligo) and a “German” mesmerist who seems decidedly from the northern…

The Butcher Boy

So, as part of Reading Ireland Month 2015 (a.k.a. The Begorrathon), I’m reading The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe (1992). Set in small town 1960s Ireland, The Butcher Boy tells the tale of a trouble youth named Francie Brady; covering alcoholism, mental heath problems, abuse, and murder. Sounds right up my street! For an academic look at the novel, you can…