I loved Palma and its winding streets. I always love The Festival of Writing and Ideas in Borris House, Carlow. Mayo has the most photogenic landscapes. I read short stories galore. Listened to folk reading on Culture Night in Poetry Ireland HQ. I met Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey, creators and producers of West Cork podcast. I was amused by some parts of Michele Obama’s autobiography.
Above are 9 pictures that Instagram tells me what 2019 was for me. It’s not bad.
Raymond Carver’s last collection before he passed at the awfully young age of 50.
Elephant contains the longest piece of fiction he ever wrote, Errand.
He is, without doubt, still my most loved writer. No other writer can beat his precision or depth of understanding of humans and life.
If you haven’t read any of his stories, I urge you to.
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Culture Night 2019.
We spent the evening in Poetry Ireland HQ listening to poets Vincent Woods and Simon Lewis accompanied with the beautiful and fascinating Farah Elle, musical artist. Then, we headed downstairs to a poetry and spoken word fest.
We crossed the road to the Irish Writers Centre to witness the launch of Holy Show Arts and Lit Mag. Ending with a glass of wine in the foyer bar of The Gresham Hotel with friends and fans.
Thank you @poetryireland @irishwriterscentre @vincentWoods @simonmlewis @farahelle
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Night boat to Tangier, Kevin Barry.
I always get slightly nervous when I start a new piece of writing by this guy.
I adore and obsess over his short stories, language, humour and general total understanding of what it is to be in Ireland.
Thankfully, (for me) this novel is my favourite of his. Though I still would chose his short fiction as I think that’s where his perfection lies.
Tangier, though, is pretty much written in perfection. The language is funky, careful and beautiful. I cared for the female characters the most not the two protagonists as much. The setting was stunning. I was in all the places in my head.
It’s a story of two gangsters at the end of their career, looking back and looking for something they come to realise is gone. It’s a story of deep remorse and humanity. I love reading an author who is kind to his characters and he is on every page.
When I got to the end, I reread the first chapter. This chapter was the piece that Kevin read out at the @writingandideas this summer. This novel is true to Kevin’s unique voice but brings it to a high level. I’m already nervous about his short story collection coming next year. I know I shouldn’t be the one who is nervous but when writing is so lovely and clever, I wonder how he keeps pushing the standard.