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Careers in the arts: Paula Meehan talks college, poetry, and the “machine age”

Acclaimed poet, playwright and Trinity graduate Paula Meehan speaks to Trinity News about college in the 70s, her advice for aspiring writers, and what it means to be a poet today

On a grey November morning, I set off for the Rostrevor Literary Festival to interview the esteemed poet and Trinity graduate Paula Meehan. A serendipitous occurrence she remarks, almost in disbelief, as to how I had traveled home from

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Six must-read books by Trinity alumni

Want to follow in the footsteps of Trinity’s literary figures, learn about them, or simply liven up your bookshelf? Poetry, prose, essays, poetry — we’ve got you covered.

Sara Baume

A Line Made by Walking

Baume studied Fine Art at IADT before obtaining her Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity. Additionally, she spent nine months as an intern at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 2008. She has since

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Trinity student shoots feature film centred on student politics

Final year student Hugh McInerney’s current project will adopt the same satirical style as his Trinity Truths webseries, on a much bigger scale

You may have seen final year student Hugh McInerney’s Trinity Truths videos on your Facebook feed from time to time, but his next project takes student satire to another level. State of the Union, a feature film with a growing

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Are essays and short stories the future of Irish literature?

Grace Farrell speaks to Professor Philip Coleman and author Wendy Erskine about short form prose, literary trends, and commercialisation versus innovation

The literary landscape has seen an influx of internationally acclaimed essay and short story collections by Irish writers. Although these forms have always been popular for their succinct, quickly digestible nature, short form literature has moved to the forefront of

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Careers in the arts: Smashing Times are using the arts to rewrite history

Mary Moynihan of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality describes their artistic mission, forgotten Irish heroines and learning from the past, writes Grace Farrell

The Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, which also incorporates a Theatre and Film Company and a Youth Arts Ensemble, is an organisation which uses the arts to promote human rights, climate justice and gender equality. Their


The North is now

Despite Northern Ireland’s historic progress coming straight from Westminster, the work of activists cannot be underestimated

In 2016, a woman from Belfast was prosecuted for taking an abortion pill after her flatmates reported her to the police. In January of this year, we learned that a 12-year-old victim of sexual assault had to travel to England

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The Beacon review: Where art and life converge

Nancy Harris’s new play delves into matters of interpretation, moral hypocrisies and defying dichotomies, writes Grace Farrell

Upon first look at Francis O’Connor’s set gracing the stage of the Gate Theatre, I immediately understood what I’d just read in the program seconds before: that this mise-en-scène is in its own right a “play”. The sitting room is

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Careers in the arts: an interview with Martin Doyle, The Irish Times’ books editor

Grace Farrell speaks to the respected journalist about Irish writing, college degrees, and Fatboy Slim

For many arts students, leaving college with the intention of staying in your chosen field is a daunting prospect. While English students are assumed to be aspiring writers, and history students aspiring historians, it is worth remembering the variety of

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When science and storytelling collide: The Festival of Curiosity’s These Stupid Things

Director Sarah Baxter’s play depicts an ambitious merging of fact and fiction, interaction and immersion, and rationale and emotion

The Festival of Curiosity was founded with the aim of providing “unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.” While the abundance of adjectives prodded the …


Erasmus: To go or not to go?

Four Trinity students abroad give advice to students unsure whether or not Erasmus is for them

Being thrown into a new city, a new house-hunt, a new language, and new classmates with already established social circles can be an exciting prospect, yet it is understandably daunting. Many students in Trinity are offered the opportunity to take