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  An Introduction to Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor

On a Saturday night, when I was a teenager in 1970s Ireland, my pals and I would go to the school-kids’ disco at the Presentation College, Glasthule. ‘Prez’, as it was known, was fairly grimy at the time, but fantastically exciting, too. Deep Purple were in vogue. The girls wore cheesecloth and denim. When Status Quo were played, the air would be filled with swirling dandruff as we head-banged and thrashed air guitars. The climax of the evening was always Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and if you... More >>

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  A Guide to Redemption Falls


Joseph O’Connor


I’m never sure about the extent to which writers choose their subjects. Often, the process seems to work the other way around, so that you wouldn’t even call it a choice, as such, but more of an invitation. An image, literally a picture unfurls itself in your mind, or a line of dialogue, or a situation involving two characters. You might hear... More >>

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