Orwell and the idea of Europe

The Irish Humanities Alliance asked me to write about George Orwell's 1984 and the recent, renewed interest in it as a fable which might tell us something about the rise of neofascism and 'populism'. You can my blog essay here.

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Sean Lynch ‘For the Birds’ – Illuminations

Sean Lynch’s exhibition at the Illuminations gallery considers the medieval myth of Buile Suibhne, an ongoing topic in his investigations of how folklore and history can be liberally inherited and adopted for contemporary life. The story of Suibhne, or Sweeney, has long been a subject for creative invention – figures such as Seamus Heaney and... Continue Reading →

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain – Illuminations

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s film installations depict archetypal or generic locations that have been transformed into a dream-like theatricality. Whether a flooded library inhabited by birds of prey or a disused airport housing a rudimentary landscape, these works conjure an altered reality in which our expectations of time and place do not hold. The films are... Continue Reading →

Poem in The Pickled Body

The new issue of The Pickled Body includes one of my poems - 'Prodigal with Importunate Feeling'. Thanks to them for publishing it. You can read the entire issue which also includes poems by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Nessa O'Mahony, here.

Aleana Egan Illuminations

Illuminations is delighted to host a retrospective of the work of Aleana Egan. Aleana Egan's art is predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure. She groups these pieces into installations that are oddly ambivalent; on the one hand she... Continue Reading →

The Irish Review 53

The Irish Review 53 is a special issue - Biopolitical Ireland - guest edited by Niamh Campbell and George Legg. It includes essays by Aaron Kelly, Anne Mulhall, Ed Madden, Conor Carville and Cormac O'Brien and poetry by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Ciaran Berry.

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