Irish Fiction Fridays: Walt Willis: The Enchanted Duplicator

             Welcome to Irish Fiction Friday. This week we feature The Enchanted Duplicator by Walter Willis and Bob Shaw. This is somewhat of a sequel to last week’s entry on Walter Willis’ fanzine Slant. The Enchanted Duplicator or TED as it’s often referred to, is the story of Jophan and his journey to the heart […]

Irish Fiction Fridays: Walter Willis: Slant

Welcome to another addition of Irish Fiction Fridays. Today we are highlighting Slant, the Irish fanzine, and the Irish fan behind it: Walter Alexander Willis (1919-1999). Slant was the first fanzine published by Walt Willis in collaboration with James White as Art Editor. It ran from 1948 until 1953 with seven issues and immediately established […]

Touring Tuesdays: Fore Abbey with James Shields

Fore Abbey, Co. Westmeath It was a glorious spring day when we set out for Fore Abbey in County Westmeath. This tiny village hides some fantastic medieval ruins, most notably the 13th century Benedictine monastery.   The monastic settlement was originally founded by St Féchín (insert “feck” joke of your choice) in the 7th century, […]

Irish Fiction Fridays: Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells

Welcome back to Irish Fiction Fridays! We took a break last week to observe St Patrick’s Day. This week we feature The Secret of Kells by Cartoon Saloon. The Secret of Kells is a 2009 French-Belgian-Irish animated fantasy film animated by Cartoon Saloon that premiered on 8 February 2009 at the 59th Berlin International Film […]

Irish Fiction Friday: Sarah Rees Brennan: Queen of Atlantis

Today’s Irish Fiction Friday offering is a short story, fantasy tale from Sarah Rees Brennan. Born in Ireland in 1983, Brennan lived for a short while in New York, before returning to Surrey, England to complete a Creative Writing MA. She currently lives and writes in Ireland. Goodreads describes the story as “A tale of […]

Irish Fiction Friday: Shan Fadh Bullock: The Red Leaguers

This week on Irish Fiction Friday we feature a work of speculative fiction and Irish politics from 1904: The Red Leaguers by Shan F Bullock (John William Bullock). This is the fictitious story of a group of Catholic Irish, who, encouraged by the example of the Boers, form a secret league, and resolve upon a […]