Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell

On a warm and sunny Tuesday evening I jogged along the quays to Smock Alley Theatre, hoping I wasn’t too late to miss the beginning of a joint reading by Lucy Caldwell and Anakana Schofield. …

Source: Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell

Salon Nights at DLR Lexicon, 2015

In the literary world, news breaks first through the ‘little magazine.’ It’s where writers turn professional, coached by the editors into perfecting their skills. And Ireland’s independent journals continue to thrive in the fast changing world of literary publishing.

Salon Night at the Studio is a brand new monthly series for writers and readers, focused on the world of Ireland’s ‘little magazines’, held in The Studio at dlr Lexicon. Selina Guinness, dlr County Council writer-in-residence, will be your host for the night.

Salon Nights Programme 2015

The Pale Project presents Salon Nights at the Studio, dlr Lexicon

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Salon Night at the dlr Lexicon Studio

In the literary world, news breaks first through the ‘little magazine.’ It’s where writers turn professional, coached by the editors into perfecting their skills. And Ireland’s independent journals continue to thrive in the fast changing world of literary publishing.

Salon Night at the Studio is a brand new monthly series for writers and readers, focused on the world of Ireland’s ‘little magazines’, held in The Studio at dlr Lexicon. Selina Guinness, dlr County Council writer-in-residence, will be your host for the night.

At the Salon, top editors will outline their ambitions, and introduce the writers they have selected to represent their magazine. Selina will invite guests to discuss what excites them about the current literary scene. Salon Nights offer a mix of interview, banter, short readings and discussion, providing a taste of the freshest literary talents, alongside insights into how writers are formed.

This will be a free but ticketed event. Tickets available through Eventbrite from 14th September 2015.

Salon Nights:

Weds 7th October, 8 pmThe Dublin Review with Brendan Barrington.

Readers: Mark O’Connell and Sally Rooney.

Weds 4th November, 8 pmGorse with Susan Tomaselli.

Readers: Clare-Louise Bennett and Joanna Walsh

Weds 2nd December, 8 pm: The Stinging Fly with Declan Meade and Thomas Morris.

Readers: Danielle McLaughlin and Cathy Sweeney

Night owls are invited to move with the salon to a local venue TBC after the event

Interview with Prof. John Carey, tomorrow.

JOHN CAREY: Dublin Writers’ festival.

  • Date: Wed May 21 / 6pm
  • Venue: Smock Alley Theatre
  • Price: €12 / €10
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“In a perfect world, intellectuals would be original, logical, funny and full of common sense. That is, they would be like John Carey.”
Julie Burchill

Chairperson: Selina Guinness

Professor John Carey hasn’t left Oxford since he went up as an undergraduate in 1954, yet it would be hard to find a distinguished writer, academic and critic more passionately egalitarian.
In his controversial study The Intellectuals and the Masses, he launched a devastating attack on the elitism of modernist writers, while in What Good Are the Arts? he argued that attempts to establish universal values for art are merely exercises in policing people’s taste. His passionate views extend to his journalism, where his rigorously honest book reviews for the Sunday Times have often proved controversial.

Carey comes to Dublin to talk about The Unexpected Professor, a memoir that explores the origins of his iconoclasm, looking back over his early experiences in a suburban London caught up in the Blitz, and the stifling atmosphere of Oxford in the 1950s. He recalls inspiring meetings with poets like Auden and Heaney, and traces the path of a stellar academic career that saw him elected, at the age of 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship. Like all his works, it’s a book about the pleasures of reading and, written with his trademark fluency and verve, one that delivers the pleasure it describes.