Safe Words

Embarrassment, unease, discomfort – these are the building blocks of a new language; the first steps on a path beyond the consoling myths of the everyday.

Essay Issue 39, Volume 2: Winter 2018-19

A Stranger Still: In Memoriam Anna Kavan

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Anna Kavan's contribution to twentieth century literature remains grossly under-appreciated.

Essay 5th December 2018

Problem Pages

Reflecting on the creation of her first collection of short stories, Mia Gallagher elucidates the perpetual lesson of writing: that it’s always easy, and always hard.

Essay 31st July 2018

Bland God: Notes on Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook's founder is the most visible and enigmatic icon of the digital age. But what does he mean?

Essay 27th June 2018

Kaleidoscope Eye

"I laid there with a blue sheet covering my face with a hole cut into it for my eye. This was my eighth and final unsuccessful eye surgery. It had been five years, one month, and twelve days since my first."

Essay 6th June 2018

Marinaleda: A Town Less Ordinary

In a small town in rural Spain, a different way of life is being built, one day at a time.

Essay Issue 37, Volume 2: Winter 2017-18

What We Talk About When We Talk About Housing

What can the attitudes of Ireland's housing officials tell us about their ability to handle the country's most serious housing crisis in living memory?

Essay 6th December 2017

Some Notes on Des Hogan’s Story ‘Kennedy’

In Des Hogan's work, Ireland is exhibited as precisely what it is: a gaudy, teetering, beautiful, dangerous, hysterical, haunted, failing country.

Essay 14th November 2017

How To Edit Your Own Lousy Writing

Learn to read your work with the eyes of a stranger and you will pass through the Valley of Failure towards the Mountain of Success.

Essay 24th October 2017

On Non-Fiction about Housing and Homelessness

How can journalists and non-fiction writers tell the stories of the people most affected by the deepening housing crisis?

Essay 27th June 2017

Multimedia Notes on the Literature of Homelessness

Tracing the wandering path of the homeless through the histories of word and song.

Essay 12th June 2017

Delia and Rose and The Long-Winded Lady

Maeve Brennan's essays contain all her love for the streets and the bewildered people who find themselves upon them.

Essay 19th January 2017

The Testimony of Elie Wiesel

Remembering the great Jewish writer, and facing up to the challenge of speaking out against oppression.

Essay 8th July 2016

Translating Colin Barrett into German

How do you overcome the travails of translating the Mayo dialect into German?

Essay 14th June 2016

Tomorrow Never Knows

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

The Multimedia Revolution in Poetry

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

1916, you’re asking me?

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

Poblacht na Hero

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

It Could Be You

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

Hard Up For Heroes

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

How Do We Know What We Know?

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

Roll-Calls and Role-Play

Essay Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising

Remembering C.D. Wright

Remembering a friend, a mentor and a great American poet.

Essay 15th January 2016

The Shadow of the Word

Tracking ghostly presences through the libraries of Bucharest.

Essay 10th November 2015

On literary anxiety

, and Essay Issue 32, Volume 2: Winter 2015

Dance, Sing, Earn Your Keep

Essay Issue 32, Volume 2: Winter 2015

The Page As Existence

Essay Issue 32, Volume 2: Winter 2015

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