Category Archives: Literature

An award winning short created for Penguin Random House for their Vintage Classics Russians series, promoting one of six of the greatest works of Russian literature published for the centenary of the Russian Revolution: ‘Life and Fate’ by Vasily Grossman.


A special edition of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 by French publisher Super Terrain that’s only readable with the application of fire.

Tedious, quirky, a real page burner.

Available next year.


The NOT AT HOME project will first be presented as a live theatre installation at the Dublin Fringe Festival this September.

Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser present the issue of travelling abroad to access abortion services and is based on testimony gathered from women around Ireland that have had this experience .

Grace and Emma took to Liverpool where they recorded audio and video of the journey and the people they met on the way to the clinic there.

Grace Dyas speaking at the launch of the Dublin Fringe, said:

As the conversation around abortion access gets closer to a referendum next year, the divide between those on both sides continues to deepen and become more entrenched.

As that gap widens, the space for calm and thoughtful articulation of women’s lived experiences gets smaller and smaller.

We are developing NOT AT HOME as a calm, inclusive way to reclaim some of that space for the thousands of women who have travelled and will travel before the current regime is changed….

The project is continuing its appeal to women who have travelled abroad to access abortion services to submit their stories via the project’s website These stories can be submitted anonymously or otherwise.

Not At Home

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Thanks Ben

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In the summer of 1952, sixty-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien encountered a tape recorder for the first time [and]…So enchanted was Tolkien with this novel technology that he proceeded to record himself reading much of his work over the years to come.

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(Image: The One Ring)


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Enjoy the written word?

The first guests for this year’s West Cork Literary Festival were unveiled earlier  this week, with a collection of national and international names appearing at the event, running July 14-21 in Bantry.

Louise Kearney writes:

Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume (pictured) and Alissa Nutting are just some of the guests announced for the  West Cork Literary Festival, which runs in venues all over Bantry, West Cork, from July 14th to 21st.

Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry 2016-2019, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland Vona Groarke.

Since the Festival’s inception in the late 1990s workshops have been at its heart, encouraging both novice and experienced writers. Dean Bakopoulos, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Vona Groarke, Lara Marlowe, Dave Lordan, John Spillane, and Phoebe Smith are among those facilitating workshops.

From Writing a Novel to Investigative Reporting Techniques, Playwriting to Poetry, there is a workshop to suit every aspiring, or established writer, looking to spend time in beautiful Bantry honing their craft.

West Cork Literary Festival

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Maps you may or may not have perused as a child, including Frank L Baum’s map of Oz (above). To wit:

All told, Baum drew forty individual maps of Oz to accompany his novel. This is the major one, though, showing the entirety of the land and its surrounding areas. The Emerald City, in the center, is surrounded by four distinct countries.

MORE: The Maps We Wandered Into As Kids (The Awl)