Ulysses and Trams…..

  Of all the many books inspired by Ulysses, one of the oddest is surely The Bloomsday Trams: Dublin’s Tramway Fleet of James Joyce’s Ulysses, by a David Foley. The author modestly admits in his introduction that he ‘was unprepared for how difficult this task was to become’ although he …

The Quare Fellow…..

The greatest Irish writer of his generation who wrote the critically acclaimed Borstal Boy and The Quare Fellow described himself as “a drinker with a writing problem”. Raised on whiskey by his maternal grandmother because “it was good for the worms”, Behan achieved national notoriety with a series of drunken …

Huckleberry Finn`s Dick

This is priceless ! Put your hand up if you know the story of Huckleberry Finn`s dick. No? Then kindly read on….. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain was published in 1885. Twain’s masterpiece has everything a reader could ever want: adventure, humour, controversy, tenderness, the hypocrisy of …

Let`s talk about Cabbages…..

I am currently researching various vegetables for a proposed new book.This week I have been looking at the seemingly, terminally dull cabbage. But all is not as it seems, as somewhat surprisingly the cabbage appears in the writing of two of the most influential and eminent writers of the 16th …