Grieving is a country we all have to visit at some point. Two remarkable titles on the subject have just been published by a duo of English journalists. In The Red of My Blood (Doubleday), Clover Stroud, who has previously written powerful memoirs of family and motherhood, recounts the unbearable but magical first year following the death of his beloved sister Nell.
Christina Patterson also lost his older sister who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. Outside the sky is blue (Tinder Press) is her tender and fun chronicle of a loving family and the many heartaches and joys they endured. Both books are exquisite, courageous, and highly recommended.
The shortlist of 2022 Dublinen Literary Prize, the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction, was announced on Tuesday. The Only Irish Romance Is Danielle McLaughlin’s Memorable Debut Album The art of falling and the Cork writer is joined by Catherine Chidgey Sympathy from a distance, at night all the blood is black by David Diop The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, Noopiming: The cure for white women by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Alice Zeniter The art of losing. The 27th winner will receive €100,000 and will be announced by Mayor Alison Gilliland on May 19, as part of the opening day of the Dublin International Literature Festival.
Olivia Laing, Louise Kennepass awaySara Baume, The Aislings, Colin Barrett and award-winning British poets Roger Robinson and Raymond Antrobus are among a galaxy of stellar writers to appear at International Court Party of Literature 2022.
From April 4-10 in Galway, Cúirt is committed to ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy the festival and has introduced a ‘Pay What You Can’ model for all in-person events. These will be offered at four price levels – €5, €10, €15 and €20 – and when buying a ticket, the public will simply be able to choose the amount they can afford. Complete program on leathert.ie