Follow James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ With This Interactive Map of Dublin

Follow James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ With This Interactive Map of Dublin

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Today marks a very important day in literary history for two separate, but wildly related reasons: February 2nd is both Irish author James Joyce’s 136th birthday and the 96th anniversary of the publication of Joyce’s magnum opus, Ulysses.    Ulysses was published on February 2, 1922 and was received with very mixed reviews. Some hailed the book as being a sheer masterpiece, while many others found it to be lewd, crude, and pornographic, going so far as to have the book banned until a trial entitled The United States v. One Book Called Ulysses lifted said ban in 1934. Today, it continues to top the charts as being …

The Top 10 Greatest Oscar Wilde Quotes to Make You Smarter

The Top 10 Greatest Oscar Wilde Quotes to Make You Smarter

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Oscar Wilde was undeniably one of the wittiest people of all time. I don’t make the rules. His repertoire of funny quotes is vast, so I’ve gone ahead and narrowed down my top ten favorite Oscar Wilde quotes.    1. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”   2. “The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”   3. “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.”   4. “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young …

George R.R. Martin’s New Series Will Be Filmed WHERE?

George R.R. Martin’s New Series Will Be Filmed WHERE?

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George R.R. Martin’s new series Nightflyers, a sci-fi novella he wrote in 1980, is set to begin filming later this year, with a crew of over 500 people.    The location? Ireland! The series will shoot in Limerick’s Troy Studios.    Image Courtesy of Business Insider   The Irish Film and Television Network have reported that a pilot and the first season of the series will shoot over sixteen weeks beginning later in 2017.    Image Courtesy of I Love Limerick   It will be the first time that Troy Studios, which covers over 350,000 square feet, will host an international …

5 Irish YA Writers You NEED To Read Right Now

5 Irish YA Writers You NEED To Read Right Now

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The Irish YA scene boasts some pretty heavy hitters!   From new novelists with big book deals and movies in the works, to established veterans of YA, here is the definitive list of Irish YA writers you HAVE to read…   Dave Rudden   Image Courtesy of YouTube   Dave Rudden’s star is on the rise, with a three-book deal and a movie in the works! His first novel, ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ debuted in 2016 to rave reviews, and was quickly followed by sequel ‘The Forever Court,’ with a third book on the way!   Rudden frequently tours …

A Feminist Re-Telling of The Little Mermaid? YES PLEASE.

A Feminist Re-Telling of The Little Mermaid? YES PLEASE.

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Irish author and famous feminist Louise O’Neill has announced that her new book will be a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid,” seen through a searing feminist lens.    The book, entitled “The Surface Breaks,” will be published in the UK in May 2018, with the US publication date still to be announced. The story takes place beneath the sea off the Irish coast and centers around a mermaid, Gaia, who dreams of being human.    Image Courtesy of Independent   A spokesperson for the publisher, Scholastic, said that in the book “Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined…with the stunning, …