Alternative Fairytales: “The Language Of Thorns” Sorcha May Judge delves into the newest YA offering from Leigh Bardugo.

●●●●○ The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (2017) is a collection of tales set in the Grishaverse, the fantasy world of Leigh Bardugo’s novels. The fairytales are charmingly intertwined with Sara Kipin’s intricate illustrations, which makes the … Continue reading Alternative Fairytales: “The Language Of Thorns” Sorcha May Judge delves into the newest YA offering from Leigh Bardugo.

“Origin”: the Sequel Dan Brown's mystery-solving professor, Robert Langdon, is back with a crowd-pleasing bang.

●●●○○ Let me begin this review with an important disclaimer: I love Dan Brown. Always have, always will. When it comes to authors and series I like, I am loyal to a fault, so if there is any bias in … Continue reading “Origin”: the Sequel Dan Brown’s mystery-solving professor, Robert Langdon, is back with a crowd-pleasing bang.

In Defence of Nobel Laureate Ishiguro With the dust settling, senior writer Michael Mullooly gives his take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize win.

Last year, five members of the Swedish Academy named Bob Dylan the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, a decision so surprising that even he didn’t show up for his own prize reception. Slightly overshadowed by Brexit and … Continue reading In Defence of Nobel Laureate Ishiguro With the dust settling, senior writer Michael Mullooly gives his take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize win.

Reality Itself is Unstable in “Forest Dark” Krauss tilts narrative on its side as she dismisses the comforting reassurance a structured tale can provide.

●●●●○ Where does a story begin and end? This question provides the basis for Nicole Krauss’ metaphysical ruminations in her extraordinary novel, Forest Dark. Krauss tilts narrative on its side as she dismisses the comforting reassurance a structured tale can … Continue reading Reality Itself is Unstable in “Forest Dark” Krauss tilts narrative on its side as she dismisses the comforting reassurance a structured tale can provide.

Roddy Doyle’s “Smile” “The memory. It’s like dropping bits of yourself as you go along, isn’t it?”

●●●○○ Roddy Doyle’s highly anticipated novel Smile hit bookshelves at the beginning of this month to mixed reviews. It tells the story of Victor Forde, a middle-aged, failed music journalist who moves back to his hometown following the breakdown of … Continue reading Roddy Doyle’s “Smile” “The memory. It’s like dropping bits of yourself as you go along, isn’t it?”

“​Tangleweed​ ​&​ ​Brine”​ ​​by​ ​Deirdre​ ​Sullivan Review Female Gothic takes center stage

It is rare that the aesthetic of a volume counts towards its overall merit, but in the case of Deirdre Sullivan’s book of feminist fairytales Tangleweed & Brine (2017), an exploration of its carefully organised pages and beautiful illustrations by … Continue reading “​Tangleweed​ ​&​ ​Brine”​ ​​by​ ​Deirdre​ ​Sullivan Review Female Gothic takes center stage

From the Inkwell: Interview with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is a notable author, literary agent, and the founder of The Inkwell Group. She is also the founder of writing.ie, a website dedicated to all things writing-related. These are only a few of her many accomplishments in … Continue reading From the Inkwell: Interview with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit.

Why Muldoon’s Picnic Proved Unmissable at The Abbey The Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon curates the artistic extravaganza Muldoon's Picnic at the Abbey Theatre in association with Poetry Ireland.

●●●●● Abbey Theatre Whilst many spent their first September Sunday evening squelching in a field in Stradbally, I skipped to the Abbey Theatre for for a different bout of live performance. Our MC for the night? Paul Muldoon, poet extraordinaire, … Continue reading Why Muldoon’s Picnic Proved Unmissable at The Abbey The Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon curates the artistic extravaganza Muldoon’s Picnic at the Abbey Theatre in association with Poetry Ireland.

Tn2’s Man Booker Picks: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry The war novel that focuses on the individual over the sweeping cause

Sebastian Barry delivers an incredible novel with Days Without End. Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year, Barry’s ninth novel is now in the running for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. This will be the author’s third time … Continue reading Tn2’s Man Booker Picks: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry The war novel that focuses on the individual over the sweeping cause