5 things to do this week

Stuck for cultural events this week? Des O’Driscoll has great suggestions for you, whether it’s tv or theatre you’re in the mood for.

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The Moth fans the flames of poetic collaboration

A fortuitous meeting between a literary couple and a celebrity chef has resulted in one of the world’s most lucrative poetry prizes, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Record label heavyweights secured for Music Cork

The rude health of Irish music is to be celebrated at a new rock ’n roll festival. But Music Cork promises to be more than merely an excuse to let one’s hair down and rock out, writes Ed Power.

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Finding Amy Winehouse

Darcus Beese worked his way up at Island Records from teaboy to president. Along the way, he discovered everyone from Amy Winehouse to Hozier. Now he’s coming to Ireland for the inaugural Music Cork record industry seminar, writes Ed Power.

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Book reviews: In Other Words and The Clothing of Books

AN epigraph from the Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi is a fitting opener to Jhumpa Lahiri’s most recent book on the joys and difficulties of learning Italian.

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Beginner's Pluck: Ciaran McMenamin

Always good at creative writing, Ciaran parted company with school before taking his A levels. After a while he left Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh for Glasgow to attend drama school. Then, moving to London, he began to act, and has been doing so ever since.

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Book review: The Raqqa Diaries

ANY book written about the Syrian civil war can only, sadly, be a a sad book. And this book is no exception.

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Book review: Collective Choice and Social Welfare

The Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen is a keen student of Adam Smith he tells JP O’Malley. But that doesn’t make him a blind follower of free market thinking

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Book review: Ivory

THE impressive cover design of Ivory shows, against a black background, the forward charge of a magnificent grey tusker.

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Book review: Crime or Compassion?

A ‘beautiful, energetic, vibrant woman was crushed by what she described as her ‘tortured shell of a body’ so her friend decided to help her in seeking an assisted suicide, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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What to watch this week

Des O’Driscoll picks the best of the box this week

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Movie reviews: Their Finest; Handsome Devil; and Rules Don't Apply

Declan Burke takes a look at the latest films to hit the big screen

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Literature: Cork World Book Fest at Triskel & Cork City Central Library

The last of the great Anglo-Irish writers, Molly Keane, who died 20 years ago today, has been the chief focus of the 13th Cork World Book Fest — a six-day literary jamboree currently packing out both the Central Library and Triskel Christchurch.

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Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale in The Promise.

Terry George: 'There was no way I was doing a propaganda thing'

Irish director and former republican prisoner Terry George tells Esther McCarthy about his controversial new genocide drama and his fond memories of Martin McGuinness.

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Senita Appiakorang, front, with the other members of Shookrah: Daniel Coughlan, Imelda Cormican, and Emmet O'Riabhaigh.

Senita Appiakorang finding her place in the identity parade

She was born in South Africa, and studied in Cork, but Shookrah singer Senita Appiakorang is still a Kerry woman at heart, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Linkin Park join the dots to world of grime and beyond

With the presence of Stormzy and a female vocalist, the American band show they’re still willing to push those boundaries, writes Kerri-Ann Roper

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A case of murder most Cork with latest Hercule Poirot set in Clonakilty

English crime writer Sophie Hannah tells Esther McCarthy why she decided to set the latest Hercule Poirot novel in Clonakilty

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Cork International Choral Festival kicks off next Wednesday

Cork will come alive with the sound of music next week as 5,000 singers arrive from all over the world for the annual International Choral Festival.

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Handsome Devil is in the detail for John Butler

Handsome Devil has been getting warm praise for its lighthearted tale of friendship in a rugby-mad boarding school, writes Esther McCarthy

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Theatre review - The Train

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
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Women in wartime: New book documents difficult line tread by females in WWII Paris

At Cork World Book Fest, Anne Sebba will read from her account of the difficult line females had to tread in Paris in WWII, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Bilingual folk-pop band Seo Linn are guided by a beating heart, as Gaeilge

Over 5m people watched Coláiste Lurgan’s Irish version of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, writes Pet O’Connell.

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Sally Phipps tells the story of her mother, Molly Keane

When Molly Keane came to selecting the best person to write her biography, she didn’t have to look very far, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Waiting for the new generation to take on Godot

Garrett Lombard and Druid’s other young guns were eager to put their spin on Beckett’s classic, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Behind the scenes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time is coming back to Dublin. Ed Power meets the cast. 

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Gig review: Ed Sheeran, 3Arena, Dublin

Ed Sheeran reminds us the best pop stars are often a jumble of contradictions. 

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Album review: Kendrick Lamar, Damn.

Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album is a rhapsodical tour de force which confirms the Los Angeles rapper’s standing as the most important voice in contemporary hip hop.

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Here's your TV wrap for the week ahead

Alison Williams and Lena Dunham bow out in the final episode of Girls at 10pm on Monday on Sky Atlantic.

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Movie reviews: The Sense of an Ending, Fast & Furious 8, The Handmaiden

Here are the top three films you don’t want to miss this week, writes Declan Burke.

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Book review: The Kingdom: A Novel

Writer Emmanuel Carrére states that ‘things of the soul, the things involving God embarrass me’ but, according to Josephine Fenton, there’s more embarrassment to come ...

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Book review: The Blood Miracles

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll all abound in this rambunctious, character-driven story that buzzes through the streets of Cork city. 

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Book review: Carnivalesque

His success as a movie maker is legendary but Oscar winner Neil Jordan is also an accomplished novelist. He shares his thoughts on writing, movies and life with Sue Leonard.

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Book review: Terrence Malick: Rehearsing the Unexpected

Malick, eccentric and difficult film-maker or brilliant auteur with a profound vision? Discuss.

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Book review: A Simple Favour

Hot on the heels of thrillers like Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train and Lie With Me, is another domestic thriller with unreliable narrators.

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Book review: Common Ground: A Political Life

In the era of the Trump presidency in the US and with right-wing parties on the rise across Europe, the politics of fear and division have become increasingly prevalent. 

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Book review: The Patriots

The story of immigrants fleeing their motherlands for the wealthier West is a pertinent one for our times. However, in The Patriots, the impressive debut novel from Sana Krasikov, the tables are turned.

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Book review: Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

Pascoe argues that women are merely animals with very large 40,000 year old brains. The fat on our bottoms has evolved for pleasing males so why, she asks, do we hate it so?

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Books for kids...

* School Gremlins by Adam and Charlotte Guillian (Egmont, €8.20) 
* Winnie-The -Pooh The Great Heffalump Hunt by Giles Andreae (Egmont, €8.20) 
* Taking Flight by Adam Hancher (Frances Lincoln, €14.00 HB) 

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here’s your weekly entertainment guide and news round-up with Des O’Driscoll.

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