Smashing The Mirror

Blog Post Criticism

30th November 2016

William Wall introduces Dave Lordan’s new essay collection, The Word in Flames

September, October

Blog Post Criticism

7th November 2016

Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a work operating within the memento mori tradition of death being ever present—and closer, closer still.

Hunting on the Boundary

Blog Post Criticism

4th November 2016

Deborah Levy's seventh novel is an investigation into the threads of relationship and the primitive, enduring connections between body and mind.

Hallucinating Vividly for Hours


1st November 2016

Doireann Ní Ghríofa gets inside the head of Eimear McBride's second novel.

Notes From The Void


29th September 2016

Mike McCormack's 'Solar Bones' finds beauty and joy in the interplay of the routine and the extraordinary; of quotidian and mystic.

The Testimony of Elie Wiesel


8th July 2016

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

Translating Colin Barrett into German


14th June 2016

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

Remembering C.D. Wright


15th January 2016

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

The Shadow of the Word


10th November 2015

Tracking ghostly presences through the libraries of Bucharest.