the language of how I hear and see those things

Sebastian Barry was short-listed for this year’s Man Booker prize for A Long Long Way, winner to be anounced on Monday – You can still vote for the People’s Prize here. In today’s Guardian [Another Guardian link? – Ed] Lucasta Miller provides a timely, and fascinating, interview with one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights and novelists

“There’s a sort of despair that comes out of an absolute love of people. This is how things are. Whatever water you throw at the fire, it just turns into steam. But that doesn’t mean you should stop throwing it. The dance of it is important.”

  • CyberScribe

    “Another Guardian link”

    Is this a “blogging record” or are you all getting commisiion? 🙂

  • CyberScribe

    “Another Guardian link”

    Is this a “blogging record” or are you all getting commission? 🙂

  • fmk

    this rte ratlebag public interview with sebastian barry from april this year is worth a listen to:

  • ch in dallas

    What I found most interesing about the novel was not the writer’s artistic ability, but the historical premise of the story. I didn’t know that there were Irishmen who volunteered in the Great War, and the personal and family conflicts that must have ensued.

    I have seen this myself. My father-in-law is 1st generation, and volunteered for the U.S. Navy in WW II, but requested pacific duty to avoid fighting by, with, and for the British. I must ask him about this further.

    I also need to ask him, and any readers about what was seen by the Brits as de Valera’s perfidy in not allowing bases in southern ROI, that would have prevented Ulter and Irish-American swabbies from drowning in the cold N. Altantic.

    I wonder what the author’s characters would have thought of de Valera after their Great War duty?

  • peteb

    Updated to note the Rattlebag interview.

    Cheers fmk!

  • Alan


    Thanks for today’s compact edition of the Guardian – my other half went against strict tradition and bought the Times yesterday because of the Cabaret DVD !