Sebastian Barry, the current Laureate for Irish Fiction, has spearheaded an initiative where he hosts a series of conversations with fellow Irish writers in which they attempt to answer one simple question: ‘What is writing?’
The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is to keep going. To persist. To keep remembering that the joy of it is in the making of it, not in the fame. And you’d better have an absurd level of self belief as writing can be incredibly challenging.
Carmel Winters is a Kanturk-born playwright and filmmaker. Her new play, Not Being Me, is in development with Gare St Lazare, and will be read on July 22 in Ma Murphy’s, Bantry, for the West Cork Literary Festival. The reading is presented in association with The Everyman, Cork where the play will be produced later this year.
Is the Wild Atlantic Way holding sway over Bantry town, lifting its hotels before it? The selling agents of the Maritime Hotel, developed at a reported cost of €30m and now offered at just €1.5m, expect so, such is the pace of change on the West Cork town’s accommodation front.
His novel One Day sold five million copies and touched the hearts and minds of readers across the globe. Ahead of his appearance at the West Cork Literary Festival, Richard Fitzpatrick talks to David Nicholls about the book that changed his life
Nick Davies is the journalist who broke the UK’s phone-hacking scandal, worked with Julian Assange on publishing the explosive US diplomatic cables, and blew the lid on PR’s murky relationship with journalism. He’s speaking in West Cork next month, writes.
You’re told ‘I regret to tell you your child has autism. It’s incurable and for life, and there is nothing we can do for it.’ It would be more helpful if they said, ‘Congratulations! Your son has a certain genius gene’