Paper Visual Art 8

In Paper Visual Art Vol. 8 I write about the extraordinary Dennis Dinneen archive, the Macroom photographer and pub-owner whose work was rediscovered by David J. Moore and was exhibited, amongst other places, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery this year. From Paper Visual Art: This desire [for commemoration], bordering on a belief that immortality is contained... Continue Reading →


Maria McKinney at Illuminations

Maria McKinney’s exhibition for Illuminations gallery considers a possible co-relation between two seemingly disparate subject areas – genetics and pagan ritual. In pre-Christian Europe, people annually performed customs in relation to the reaping and sewing of the harvest. These rituals have since been popularly interpreted as an attempt to influence the future behaviour of nature.... Continue Reading →

Irish University Review

The latest issue of Irish University Review is a double issue which includes a supplement on Writing from Northern Ireland. I was delighted to be asked to write a Foreword, and in it I reflect on the changes and shifts (and lack of them) in Northern Irish culture since the Good Friday Agreement, and begin... Continue Reading →

Breda Lynch | Q&A | RHA

Professor Colin Graham, Head of the Department of English at Maynooth University, will be in conversation with artist Breda Lynch about her current exhibition at the RHA, Witch and Lezzie and wider concerns that are dealt with in her practice, such as the place of women and queer culture in Ireland, lesbian identity and the visibility... Continue Reading →

David Beattie at Illuminations

David Beattie | the distance between things | 16 October-17 November | Illuminations, Maynooth University Assembled from a variety of everyday materials, David Beattie’s work attempts to provide a framework for assessing our daily surroundings. The interactions between object, image and sound can be seen as a search for a tangible present through the intermediary... Continue Reading →

Pushing Boundaries – Becks Butler

‘Pushing Boundaries’ is an ongoing project which celebrates the institutional and intellectual empowerment of women. In 1842, Anna Atkins, the first recorded female photographer, began her investigation of British algae through the cyanotype process, the medium employed in this series. Cyanotype is a photographic blueprint developed through a mixture of chemistry and the exposure of... Continue Reading →

On Bill Kirk and Victor Sloan in Source

In the new Source, 90 (Summer 2017), I review two excellent new books of photography Sandy Row, by Bill Kirk, and Before by Victor Sloan -- both look back at Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s and do so, in retrospect, with profound and empathetic insight.

Bonfires – John Duncan

John Duncan's Bonfires was published in 2008 by Photoworks and Belfast Exposed. It is one of the most piercing and intelligent visual accounts of the iconography of loyalism in Northern Ireland. A pdf of the text of my essay in John's book can be read via the link here: Bonfires.

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