Samantha Ellis – Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life

“Shock bibliotherapy” suggestions… every book, both fiction and non-fiction, can inspire, help, and guide us in every walk of life, as long as we take the time consider the things that, in the book,...

Angels in America

Angels in America is the TV adaptation of Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, whose division in two parts, Millennium  Approaches and Perestroika, three chapter each, has been maintained...

The Piano Teacher

Erika Kohut is an excellent middle-aged piano teacher at a Vienna music conservatory. Despite her mature age Erika’s life is constantly controlled, day after day, by her oppressive mother, leaving the main character unable to...

Celeste Augé – How I Learnt to be Jewish

The thing is, the reality of being a teen activist is very different to how I pictured it when I was eleven. It mostly involves going to various Amnesty meetings and writing letters and...

Celeste Augé – Things You Find Out

There are things you find out: not all homeless people sleep on the street. Some sleep in B&Bs, some in hostels, some in hotels. Some couch surf with friends and family until they wear...

Celeste Augé

Celeste Augé is the author of Skip Diving (Salmon Poetry, 2014), The Essential Guide to Flight (Salmon Poetry, 2009) and the collection of short stories Fireproof and Other Stories (Doire Press, 2012). World Literature...

Gabrielle Zevin – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Who's like to open a holy bookshop, like the one in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (originally published as The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry)? I surely would. Gabrielle Zevin’s humour, elegance, and...

Elaine Cosgrove – Greening

I. Cold February, Galway Novena comes around again. Students burst home past the Cathedral’s line. The rain starts to come down hard and under white flap, a trailer is a serendipitous sheltering where I browse tin-silver Mary-embellished bracelets, medals...

Elaine Cosgrove – Inside the 24hr

First we all hear the shuffling noise. Look! a tourist outside Spar exclaims—her phone, a pitchfork claim, a scamall despair, our local newsprint’s state stories so close, they rumble, and they ignore it. He points his finger up...

Elaine Cosgrove – Endless

We become adult on roads, on lines, on grids, on greens, on grey spaces — you cannot zoom in. We become older with the city as seer, decibels the scale from stepping dawn to engine rattling dusk, to clinking night and walk-back light. Chiaroscuro lives in metered...

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Silvio Donà – Serial Killer

Rocco did not have any particular reason to hate old women.Yet, he hated them in a ferocious way.Only seeing one of them...

Nocturnal Animals

Susan (Amy Adams) is an unhappy gallery owner, imprisoned in the apparent perfection of an upper middle class life. When she returns...

Antonia Buizza – Angela

“Angela, don’t run: you know that after you are going to have a sore throat”.“Ok, mum, I’m coming”.Mother and daughter went back...

Órla Foyle – Dorothea in the Land of Black and White Men

The white girl looks over at our table. She is waiting for chowder soup while her mother waits for fish and chips....

Órla Foyle – Italian Nuns

In Kenya, we knew Italian nunswho snapped chicken necksand swung pig sausage from thekitchen rafters.They smelled of soup and incenseand dug their...