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Miracles in the Cornfield

Steve Logan writes of his slight acquaintance with Seamus Heaney and his influence on him as a university teacher.
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Take My Advice

Democracy and debate are all very well - in their place. But sometimes we should surely just listen to the advice of people who know more about these things than we do.
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The Boys in the Band

Some people thought the guys in the group, and particularly the drummer, had no rights at all and should play what, and wherever, and for as long as they were told. But Joseph Haydn rapped his bow and stood up to them.
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In Kafka's Deathhouse

Franz Kafka died in an Austrian sanatorium from an incurable illness, aged forty, in 1924. Nothing could be done for him. There were some far more questionable deaths just up the road from there almost twenty years later.
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It's No Go The Poetry Show

One of Ireland's greatest poets died fifty years ago today. So let's make a bit of space for that too.
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Letter from Gulladuff

South Derry farming folk, sending their children away to board in Derry city, were assured that at least they'd get a good dinner. They didn't.
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The Harvest is in

Barra O Seaghdha considers just how easy it might have been at several steps along his ascending career path for Seamus Heaney to turn away from the past.
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Sweet sounds together

Let us not forget Seamus Heaney's wonderful gifts as a prose writer.
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Rita Thalmann 1926-2013

Rita Thalmann, an historian born in Nuremberg who taught and published in France, was one of the last historians of Nazism to have personal experience of it in the disasters it brought on her family.
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I'm a plain man. Well, a bigot actually

Yorkshire folk have a strong reputation for telling it like it is, which leaves them free to tell it like it isn't.
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The Other Side of the Story

It is perhaps the greatest of understatements to say that Ulster loyalism gets a bad press. But some people are working to help foster an articulacy in the community that might end up being beneficial to everyone.
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Elmore Leonard 1925-2013

Elmore Leonard, master of slick plots and sharp dialogue, has died aged eighty-seven. Here are his ten rules for writing.
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Don't Make A Fuss

In August 1947 George Orwell nearly drowned himself, his infant son and his niece and nephew; and noticed some interesting activity by cormorants and puffins.
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Mariners' Prayers

We may have left certain practices of our childhood and youth behind, but they haven’t gone away, you know.
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Beastly Behaviour

The fables, Seamus Heaney has written, that corpus of tales of innocent or treacherous beasts and birds, were once part of the common oral culture of Europe, a store of folk wisdom as pervasive and unifying at vernacular level as the doctrines of Christianity were in the higher realms of scholastic culture.
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Filling in the blank

As a child, Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz was bought a beautiful notebook. So beautiful he didn't want to write anything unworthy in it.
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Bellow's Gift

Saul Bellow judged that many people he knew had made too much of an investment in the difficult texts of Marxism to ever accept that it no longer had very much to say about reality. Can we say that about any later intellectual fashions?
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Miss Austen's Merits Debated

Miss Fox, of Fleet Street near Charing Cross, though of uncertain family, unknown fortune and indifferent parts, was a young woman of very definite opinions, many of them other people's.
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Modern Turkish: A Catastrophic Success

Modernising influences in Turkey tried to impose a purely Turkic language with a new alphabet in place of the rich mixture of Turkic, Arabic and Persian which had comprised the language of the Ottoman empire. This led to a few problems.
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The Black International

What kind of conspiracy is the European Union anyway? A Papist one, or a German one?
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