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New essay for Granta: Blue Hills and Chalk Bones

I wrote an essay for Granta about women's bodies, illness, shame, religion and a trip to Lourdes. The opening section is below and you can read the piece in full here: The Bullet Catch The body is an afterthought. We don’t stop to think of how the heart is beating its...

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...

Announcing The Glass Shore…

Happy International Women's Day - and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey's Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion...

The Book Show returns

I'm glad to be back on air with The Book Show on RTE Radio One after a short haitus. Our first show aired last Saturday, January 16th, 2016 and featured an in-depth interview with Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes. Recorded at his north London home, Barnes gave...

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