Irish Fiction Fridays: Gráinne Clear (ed): Shoes, Ducks and Maids of the Sea. Irish Retellings of Hans Christian Anderson

Welcome to another edition of Irish Fiction Fridays! This week we feature Shoes Ducks and Maids of the Sea which is a collection of thirteen short stories retelling the classic tales of Hans Christian Anderson with an Irish eye. There are stories from Paula Leyden, Oisín McGann, David Rudden, Sheena Wilkinson, Deirdre Sullivan, Claire Hennessy, Paul Timoney, […]

Irish Fiction Fridays: Arthur Riordan: The Emergency Session

Today for Irish Fiction Fridays we feature something a little different: The Emergency Session by Arthur Riordan. The Emergency Session is a satirical rap-cabaret featuring Eamon DeValera on such subjects as the liberal agenda and the rural/urban divide. While it is a full length theatrical production, first produced by the Rough Magic Theatre Company on October 5, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Irish Fiction Friday: James Stephens: Irish Fairy Tales

Welcome to Irish Fiction Friday! This week join us in the land of fairy with James Stephens James Stephens was born in Dublin on February 9, 1880. He graduated as a solicitor’s clerk but became registrar in the National Gallery of Ireland from 1915 to 1925. He produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy […]