Over the past two weeks, three new pieces have come out: two reviews for the Irish Times, and a personal essay in Crossing the Dissour.
Here I discuss three interesting books by Irish-American writer Colin Broderick. And here’s my review of Damien Goodfellow’s graphic novel about the Famine, Black ’47.
In my essay Juxtapositions, I discuss how I use humour to write about death and depression. It came out last week in issue 2 of Crossing the Dissour, which is published by Greywood Arts, a cultural centre in Killeagh, Co. Cork, where I spent a glorious week this summer.
My review of Margaret Kelleher’s excellent The Maamtrasna Murders has just appeared in this week’s TLS. Find it here.
My review of Being New York, Being Irish, edited by Terry Golway, has just appeared in today’s Irish Times. The book raises important questions about Irishness in diaspora, and indeed cultural identity more generally. Read my piece here.
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My review of Niamh Ann Kelly’s Imaging the Great Irish Famine has just appeared in the Times Literary Supplement. An interesting book that has much to offer, but it isn’t flawless. Here’s a link to my piece, but it’s behind the paywall…
My review of Children and the Great Hunger, a volume of essays edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King, and Gerard Moran, has just appeared in the Irish Times. The book is thought-provoking, though not always in a good way…
I wrote a thing for the Irish Times about Paul Lynch’s Grace, their book club selection for June. Read it here.