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Theatre Review | The Boys In The Band

Smokey jazz music welcomes you to 1968 Manhattan so vividly that you reach for a phantom cigarette to follow a non-existent sip of a martini. To intensify your desire for a drink, there’s a fully stocked bar adjacent to the front door of a…

Book Review | The Power and the Eighth

One word I’m not hearing or seeing an awful lot of in the lead-up to the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment is “power”, yet it’s precisely what is at stake for Ireland’s women. I’m a big believer in the value that literature can add to…

Book Review | Autonomy

Irish women have many stories to tell, about ourselves, our mothers, our grandmothers. We stayed silent for a long time. An involuntary, imposed, shame driven silence. But that silence has been  broken, we are finding our voices, we are…

Review | Blake Morrison’s The Executor

The Executor is Blake Morrison’s fourth novel, and his first since 2010’s excellent Othello-inspired The Last Weekend. Like that previous novel, The Executor has a first-person narrator, 40-something Matt Holmes, telling us his version of…