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    Be gone 2020, I would not have you back

    We are nearing the end of year that nobody will miss, although there have been sterling efforts to find the silver linings in it. I have endless admiration for those who managed to clear their head of all the chaos and panic and distractions engendered by the pandemic, and who were able to plough on with their creative projects, or even dream up new ones. I regret that I wasn’t one of that body. From the first news update, I’ve been lost in a perpetual cycle of checking feeds, counting numbers, becoming obsessed with world events that I have no personal interest in, or control over. I tried to write…

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    Billy Mills reviews The Hollow Woman on the Island

    (from Elliptical Movements May 2020 – https://ellipticalmovements.wordpress.com/ Nessa O’Mahony’s most recent book is determinedly Irish in conception and construction, drawing as it does on figures and events from Irish history, particularly the early 20th century and the period of the Troubles and highlighting the intersections of family and national history and geography and the influence of religion on both. The influence of Irish poets of the canon, especially Yeats, Kavanagh, Heaney, Mahon, Kinsella and Boland, is also evident in the writing. Unlikely looking gift, this five-barred metal gate, rusting, crossed, tethered in its lock by blue nylon strings. The signs unwelcoming: dogs beware, walkers climb at their peril in this…