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City of Books

Jan 28, 2021

Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks about a time when books were banned in Ireland.

And how her mother, distinguished children's writer Eilís Dillon, had a cupboard of them which she handed out to the family.

“It was, of course, nonsensical that they were banned," says Eiléan.

“You had to go out and get them...

Jan 14, 2021

“I don’t know if Ireland is the same any more,” says Booker Prize winner and former Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright.

Previously hidden things have become “knowable, newly sayable” in the last 30 years and this has contributed to an altered Ireland.

“That process by which things become known has been...