Literary FictionFrom the angle of this island and the monumental changes that have been blowing through us this year - some seismic - homegrown literary fiction felt imbued with something in 2018. Anna Burns' Milkman (Faber), a dark reel of suburban dread, sounds a loud message that Ulster has more to offer than Brexit headaches. If Burns was a bolt from the blue, Silence Under a Stone (Doubleday Ireland), the proficient debut of 82-year-old Norma MacMaster, was an example of biding your time and making sure everything was in its right place. It told of more poison from the border counties through the lens of a beleaguered female inhabitant. For atmospherics, Eoin McNamee, another cousin from the North, reigns supreme. The Vogue (Faber), his first novel since 2015's Blue is the Night, is a masterclass in northern gothic from one of our most criminally underappreciated writers. Children's author Darragh Martin took to the adult fiction market with Future Popes of Ireland (4th Estate) … [Read more...] about The best reads of 2018: Our critics name their top picks
Irish book publisher Poolbeg Press – which publishes such bestselling authors as Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly and Sheila O’Flanagan – accumulated profits of €718,892 in 2017, up from €695,352 the year before. Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Subscribe Login Independent journalism every day With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want. Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile. Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week. Live blogs of major news events Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Tom Lyons, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider Access to The Business Post's extensive archive … [Read more...] about Profit & Loss inside the world of private Irish businesses
Chrissie Thompson and Eliza Collins USA TODAY Published 3:58 PM EDT Oct 17, 2018 SPOKANE, Wash. – Billboards of women, declaring: "Cathy represents ME." Television ads about being a working mom. The same theme in literature for door-to-door campaigning, featuring a family photo on the back and a photo of nearly 40 women inside. It's clear U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers understands her target audience in her battle to hold her seat in Congress. Some are calling 2018 the "year of the woman." Yet McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking GOP woman in Congress, faces a tight race for re-election. Her challenger? Another woman, of course. McMorris Rodgers, 49, of Spokane, chairs the House Republican Conference and has represented eastern Washington state for 14 years. This year, she faces 62-year-old Lisa Brown, the former top Democrat in the state Senate, who recently served as chancellor of Washington State University's Spokane campus. As a … [Read more...] about Midterms: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, top GOP woman, faces challenge
While it’s widely accepted that kids and writing don’t mix, Andrea Mara and other juggling authors discover their offspring can offer inspiration.When Cyril Connolly famously said the pram in the hall was the enemy of good art, a link between parenting and creativity was born - one that has been discussed many times over since.John Banville sparked controversy a few years ago when he said in a newspaper interview that it’s impossible to be a good father and a writer — it prompted irritated responses from the numerous authors who are doing exactly that. But whatever way you look at it, it’s unlikely you can write a Booker Prize-winning novel with a toddler pulling out of your leg, and you can’t go to a writer’s retreat with three kids in tow (I know, I’ve checked).Indeed as I watch child-free authors go to launches and literary festivals, I wonder sometimes what that might be like — to travel at will, without the need for … [Read more...] about Writing with kids – easy as ABC?
We have teamed up with Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines and much more to give you the chance to win a fabulous bundle of their top summer reads. And all you have to do is send us in your own composition, an original short story on the theme of ‘summer’. Our judges are looking for an engaging read, which is no longer than 500 words. Your story could be about remembrance of summers past, an unforgettable summer in a character’s life or anything else summer-related that you feel inspired to write about. The winning entry will be published in Johnston Press titles across Northern Ireland, as well as on our websites. With so many fabulous titles to choose from, Eason has handpicked a selection of their top recommended novels, life guides and autobiographies and you could win the lot! The winning writer will receive a bundle of top titles including:*The Year that Changed Everything, Cathy Kelly*Fall From Grace, Danielle … [Read more...] about Enter short story competition and win Eason top summer reads