I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Essays

POLITICS

Running out of Road

Paul Nolan
Protestant population decline and the political short-sightedness of unionism

CULTURE

Against Mystique

Richard Bourke
National character: English decorum versus dreamy Celtic fecklessness

MEMOIR

Witness to Revival

Emer Nolan
Mary Colum’s memoir of Ireland, literary revival and modernism

PSYCHOLOGY

Beyond A Joke

Kevin Power
A Tale Told by an Idiot: Jordan Peterson’s daring fictional gambit

CINEMA

The Authentic Voice

William Wall
An examination of Italian cinematic neorealism and its artistic antecedents

PHOTOGRAPHY

See Here

John Fleming
The great photographers caught through the lens of a playful semantics

LITERATURE

Comings and Goings

Pauline Hall
The ‘isolated and outlandish’ domain of the doomed Big House gentry

BIOGRAPHY

Guinness and Chips

Peter Kennealy
A diary of English high society that is high on snobbery but low on insight

POLITICS

Who’s for a U-turn?

Dennis Kennedy
Why unionists might be better off thinking, and doing, the unthinkable

RELIGION

The Inflection Point

Fergus O’Ferrall
Literacy in religious thinking may be necessary to tackle the world crisis

BIOGRAPHY

Rights and Wrongs

Katrina Goldstone
Hannah Arendt: witness and theorist of the advent of modern totalitarianism

FICTION

Brief Lives

Brandon C Yen
Lafcadio Hearn’s encounter with transience and crossing borders

FICTION

A Righteous Flame

David O’Connor
A gift for evoking simple things: light, heat, water, air; food and drink

FICTION

Design and Build

Neil Hegarty
Scenes of fleeting beauty captured in overlooked and unglamorous contexts

Boarding School Odyssey

Enda Wyley
Poems of youth recollected. informed by humour yet speaking of heartbreak

Blending In

Tadhg Hoey
Israel’s ‘first family’ reimagined in a hilariously conceived campus comedy

On the High Wire

Gerald Dawe
John Berryman: a university poet in a society not much interested in poetry

At Bates Motel

Susan McKeever
Grief, addiction, abuse, self-harm, motherhood, breakdown, hilarity

Gimme Shelter

Sean Byrne
The schemes and stratagems that help the rich stay rich

Hard Power

Sean Sheehan
Thucydides and the pursuit of domination through warfare

Walking the Wild Side

Patrick Duffy
Wintering out in Mayo’s lonely glens and boglands

Witness to War

Katrina Goldstone
Peadar O’Donnell walks into Franco’s military revolt

Parents and Newcomers

Justin Quinn
Poetry and place: the case for transnationalism and translocalism

The Fascist Precursor

Aidan O’Malley
Fiume and the ‘poetic dictatorship’ of Gabriele d’Annunzio

The Light Fantastick

Brian Cosgrove
Dickens: master of imagination and verbal fancy footwork