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Zugzwang, or ‘what do the just do in times of injustice?’ – Ronan Bennett in interview

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The idea of chess being used as a central and unending metaphor in a narrative is not an original one. The links are obvious and the structure is clear. Life is about strategy and staying several moves ahead of the opposition is crucial. Pawns are expendable and with careful play, the good guy, or at […]


Carry me down – M.J. Hyland in interview

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Finishing M.J. Hyland’s second novel, Carry Me Down, left me in a curious state. On the one hand I had that satisfied feeling one gets reaching a final full stop, like smacking one’s lips together at the finish of a particularly good meal. On the other, though, my eyebrows knitted together with questions regarding this […]


Dantean Echoes – The influence of Dante on Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

“‘I recall one superb pun anyway: qui vive la pietà quando e ben morta’ She said nothing. ‘Is it not a great phrase?’ he gushed. She said nothing. ‘Now’ he said like a fool ‘I wonder how you could translate that?’ She still said nothing. Then: ‘do you think’ she murmured ‘it is absolutely necessary […]

The Nuclear Option – Declan Lynch and The Rooms

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

For a while you think he’s mellowed. You think the sober air and unspoilthalls of the National Gallery are trying to tell you something. The placecan’t speak but it resonates to the clatter of heels on ceramic floors.Upper-class accents utter niceties as middle-aged women, refined from yearsof comfort, ease their way through the crowded caf� […]


A Poet’s Space – an interview with Brendan Kennelly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

I was anxious to meet Brendan Kennelly, the internationally renowned poet and for almost 40 years Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. Not only to conduct this interview with him for Three Monkeys, but finally to ask him the meaning of a phrase I had heard him use many years ago when I […]

A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry in interview

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Sebastian Barry’s A Long Long Way treats an issue which was virtually airbrushed from Irish history for generations after it happened: the involvement of Ireland in the British Army during the First World War. While school texts record the heroic deeds of the 1916 Rising – the event which ultimately led to the creation of […]


Seán O’Casey – Portrait of the Artist as an Outsider

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Ever since, as James Joyce remarked, we have become “Jung and easily Freudened” it has become necessary, when dealing with a writer, to refer not only to his work but to his private life as well. This is particularly true in the case of Seán O'Casey, one of Ireland's great literary icons. In fact, O'Casey […]


As clear as mirror glass. John Banville in interview

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

John Banville’s new novel, The Sea, presents us with Max Morden, recently widowed (or is that widowered? as Max mordantly wonders) and returned to the sea-side resort of his childhood. While turning over fragments from his married life with Anna, Max also recalls the strange bond he formed many years ago with the dazzling Graces, […]


Truth is an odd number, and Death is a full stop. Flann O’Brien – Ireland’s comic Genius

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Tim Pat Coogan describes interviewing Flann O’Brien in 1964 after the publication of The Dalkey Archive. The interview was carefully planned. Apart from getting him to talk, there was one other main objective: to keep O’Brien away from the drink. It was to take place at 8.30 on a Saturday morning so that he could […]

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