It’s the last day of Reading Ireland Month, so this month’s installment of “Bookish Links” is going to include only links about Irish books and writers.
- First off, there’s the official Reading Ireland Month link-up, which you can check out here.
- Here, Seamus Heaney’s daughter Catherine writes for The Guardian about the famous photograph of her six-year-old self blowing soap bubbles in the middle of her dad’s photo session.
- Did you know that St. Patrick wrote an autobiography? The British Library has a neat article about that, as well as a link to where you can read the translated “confessio” online.
- I’m pretty sure I already shared this in an earlier “Bookish Links” post, but I thought I’d repost this article on how ancient Irish poets were believed to have magical powers, including the ability to kill rats with their poems.
- Here, we run the gambit of obscure Irish curses, from the inconvenient (“That you may be badly positioned on a windy day”) to the diabolical (“That the Devil will make a ladder out of your spine”) to the feline (“My cat’s curse upon you”).
- When I was doing research for my Yeats essay earlier this month, I stumbled across this documentary from BBC Radio 4 about how Yeats’s occult studies influenced his writing. In case you were curious.