Poems Upstairs: John McAuliffe

John McAuliffe reads from his new collection, "The Way In", on Wed 3rd June, 7pm at Books Upstairs.
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An Afternoon with Pádraig Yeates

Maurice Earls in conversation with Pádraig Yeates, historian of Dublin in the revolutionary era, Sun 14th June, 3pm at Books Upstairs
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Bloomsday 2015 at Books Upstairs

Readings and songs from Joyce at Books Upstairs, Tues 16th June, 1pm
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Jeering the men of 1916

It is fairly well known that volunteers captured in 1916 were sometimes jeered at by crowds of working class Dubliners on their way to imprisonment. What exactly can we read into this and what does it tell us about the legitimacy of the rising?
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If at first you don't succeed ...

Ingeborg Rapoport was a recent medical graduate when she finished her doctoral thesis on diphtheria in Hamburg in 1938. But she was not allowed to submit it as her mother was of Jewish origin.
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Saul Bellow Brought To Book

Saul Bellow was not the first, but he was one of the earlier and most dominant of the Jewish writers who played such a big part in 20th-century American literature.
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Peter Gay: 1923 - 2015

Peter Gay, who fled Berlin with his family as a schoolboy, settling in the United States, was one of the most eminent historians of the Enlightenment. He was also a biographer of Freud and wrote other books on modern German and Austrian history.
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Slugging It Out

A new group, Historians for Britain, argues that Britain's 'special' historical path means it should tell the EU to bog off. A rival group, Historians for History, argues that there is no such special path. There will be blood.
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Labour's Scottish Woes

This week's UK election is one of the most uncertain for decades. But one thing is sure: Labour will do disastrously in Scotland. And the likelihood is that that situation will persist until such time as the Scottish party can effectively assert its independence from the English one.
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Cheap and Cheerful

George Orwell thought that paperbacks were a good idea, particularly for the reader. But he also thought publishers and booksellers should combine to suppress them.
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Trollope and Ireland: A Talk

John McCourt, Joycean scholar and chronicler of the Trieste years, will be talking about Anthony Trollope's Irish novels in Books Upstairs, D'Olier Street on Sunday, April 19th.
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Eduardo Galeano: 1940-2015

The Uruguayan writer, journalist and political essayist, who had died aged 74, was an inspirational figure for generations of the Latin American left.
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Günter Grass: 1927-2015

The Nobel prizewinner was the best-known German writer internationally and a major figure in both literature and political controversy over half a century.
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All the same we're different

A minister recently suggested that Polish immigrants might be losing out on the possibility of social integration by attending their own schools on Saturdays. But surely if they don't they will be losing out too.
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Remembering George Byrne

Journalist, film critic, pundit and ferocious conversationalist George Byrne died last week. John Fleming remembers the early years.
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The Dublin Library Society

A nineteenth century Dublin institution, first located in Eustace Street and then in D'Olier Street, afforded its members access to newspapers, pamphlets and serious literature, all for the price of one guinea a year.
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Liffey Street Angelus

A poem by Keith Payne from his latest collection
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Recession and Suicide

The causes of a spike in suicides and self-harm have been traced to financial insecurity and other effects of the recession, yet the response is to treat it as a result of staffing problems in the health service.
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Wiping the slate

The desire to obliterate the useless past can be found in various forms, from smashing 'superstitious' statues and images to wishing to ban 'fairy tales' from the classroom.
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Money, managerialism and the university

Prof Thomas Docherty, a leading critic of the managerialist threat to the traditional idea and role of the university, is to give a talk at Maynooth University on March 25th.
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