This week I have a poet on poetry, Joe Hill’s centenary, the stories of migrants to Ireland, Irishmen in Workd War I, the curious language that is English and Prufrock: the comic.
Here’s why poetry matters by Anthony Wilson.
Lily Murphy explains the importance of Joe Hill, one hundred years after he was executed.
Sorcha Pollak’s #newtotheparish series for the Irish Times is well worth reading.
Ronan McGreevy writes on the often forgotten Irish volunteers who marched to certain death in World War I.
From Aoen Magazine, this is John McWhorter on why English is so weirdly different from other languages.
And here’s Julian Peters’ comic version of TS Eliot’s Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Reads this week from Dublin, Baltimore, boxing, the web and the workplace battleground…
From Alan Kinsella here’s an inside view of Croke Park.
In this interview Peter Fleming discusses neoliberalism’s war on workers.
Kate Crane wants to know: what happened to her father Eddy?
Roddy Doyle on Paris under attack.
Lydia Monin writes on Dan Donnelly, Irish boxer, scourge of English fighters.
And finally, Tech is raising our kids, so what? asks Alex Balk
Milestone upon milestones: forty posts and 250+ articles now collected, keep reading:
First Laura Kennedy on Essena O’Neill: a normal 18-year-old: self-obsessed and narcissistic.
Next Dawn Cox on Twitter, Secret Teacher and where the truth lies in education.
A powerful piece by Binyavanga Wainaina on how to write about Africa.
Completely different but equally compelling, Sarah Boxer on the exemplary narcissism of Snoopy. (Two articles on narcissism this week? Better watch myself [in the mirror!!!])
History choice of the week is Dave Hannigan’s piece on Fenway Park and Irish history.
And finally, Xan Brooks interviews Cate Blanchett, it’s great, she’s great, but you knew that.
The archive of all previous posts is here