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Can creative writing truly be taught?

Can creative writing truly be taught?

In this extract from The Wrong Country, his collection of essays, poet Gerald Dawe muses on the present and future role of creative writing in Irish cultural life

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

It’s only in the novel’s eventful second half that one comes to appreciate Rebecca O’Connor’s precision, her ability to condense a series of tragedies and life-altering moments into a deceptively simple narrative

Candid, revealing cinematic memoir is a true family affair

Candid, revealing cinematic memoir is a true family affair

Much like their film projects, the Duplasses’ memoir is brimful of charm, and thoughtfulness

Salty tale of a doomed aquatic love affair

Salty tale of a doomed aquatic love affair

Lucy is the astute yet depressed narrator of The Pisces, a woman whose life has derailed since the breakdown of her last, wholly dysfunctional relationship

Haverty explores her poetic side to beguiling effect

Haverty explores her poetic side to beguiling effect

Haverty’s debut collection of poems, The Beauty of the Moon, appeared in 1999. Now comes this superbly understated second collection, 19 years in the making

Taking artistic angst to its logical and lonely conclusion

Taking artistic angst to its logical and lonely conclusion

While Louisa Young’s writing is wise, witty and beautifully perceptive on love and the forces which drive loved ones apart, a number of questions loom throughout You Left Early’s 407 pages

How not to be perfect

How not to be perfect

Emilie Pine is a lecturer in modern drama at University College Dublin. She’s also a new voice from the Tramp Press publishing stable. Here, in an exclusive feature, she writes on her workaholic epiphany

Escaping life’s harsh realities through the creative process

Escaping life’s harsh realities through the creative process

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

De Bernières veers away from sentimentality and into tragedy

De Bernières veers away from sentimentality and into tragedy

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

Fallen women stripped bare makes for uneasy reading

Fallen women stripped bare makes for uneasy reading

Illuminating the shadow side of the Chinese Century

Illuminating the shadow side of the Chinese Century

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch