Black. Blue. A sort of lighter, more neon blue.¬†Yellow. Red. Pink. Green. White. 8 colours, and 900 pages. Long before Guardian news RSS feeds and Irish Times apps offered news, sport, and inaccurate weather forecasts at your fingertips, there was Teletext.
Before I discarded TV altogether, I was a Teletext obsessive. I found my critical bearings reading Channel 4's famous games section, Digitiser, an irreverent, surreal daily magazine headed by Mr. Biffo and Mr. Hairs, two names that str...read more
Ahead of the Seomra Zine Collective's launch this Sunday 20th October, we take a look at the history of the zine archive that has developed at Seomra Spraoí.
It often takes a few people with an idea, the drive and a university thesis deadline looming to shine light on something that would otherwise go mostly undetected. In the case of the Forgotten Zine at Seomra Spraoí, that's exactly what happened. A group of masters students from the UCD School of Library and Information Science, l...read more
Designer and Kerry native Colin Horgan has gained widespread acclaim this year for his first full collection FC13 WOMAN while still having a year of study left to complete at the Limerick School of Art and Design. We had a quick catch-up to dig a little deeper into how this latest one-to-watch thinks and works.
August 26th will see the first ever Website Shop opening on Dún Laoghaire’s George’s Street. This pop-up shop will inhabit no. 66 for three weeks and be a port in the storm for those lost in a sea of self-help webpages and books, design agencies and freelancers; a friendly face read more…
Designers in Ireland are very lucky, in a way, to work outside the chokeholds of fashion cities like New York and London. Being at arm’s length of the metropolis allows a freedom to go against the grain in fashion and to do things your way. For Helen Steele, that means producing clothes for Dublin, London, South Korea and beyond from a duck farm in Monaghan. The sometime abstract artist and now international fashion designer spoke to me about famous fans, colour therapy and how to make a digital print from Dickens and Darwin.
The Irish are a nation of emigrants. After a brief respite, we're back to boats and planes as vehicles for careers and lives. But Dublin's still a great place to live, regardless of how small it m...read more
‘As a reader growing up in Ireland, I felt a personal alienation from the kind of books I saw coming out – with some exceptions, you know. A lot of these books were just so sedate, so polite. They didn’t seem to speak to and of the harsh, intense, technological reality I was confronted with.’
Clarice Lispector tends to get top billing for ‘looking like Marlene Dietrich and writing like Virginia Woolf’. The formula doesn’t just linger because it’s easy to remember: it is kept on so as to shelve a deeply troubling writer somewhere at the back between ‘feminist Theory canon’ and ‘exotic South American canon’. This Penguin reissue of The Passion According to G.H. – along with another four of her works – is an opportunity to get beyond the cosmetics.
From Out Of The City John Kelly [Dalkey Archive Press] Broadcaster and occasional harmonica player with Van Morrison, John Kelly’s latest novel is set in a Dublin of the near future, the capital of a decaying police state populated by crooks, perverts and double agents. Narrated by an omniscient geriatric read more…
The British psychotherapist, Adam Phillips, is one of our foremost contemporary essayists. He is most recently the author of One Way and Another. His other works include On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Houdini’s Box, and On Balance. He is the general editor of the Penguin Classics translations of Sigmund Freud, and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.