Notes on The III International Flann O’Brien Conference

Last week I spent four days in the company of Flanneurs, Mylesians, academics, authors, onlookers and whiskey-drinkers. All drawn together by a fascination with the works of… well, it depends. For some he’s Brother Barnabas of Comhthrom Féinne fame; to the Cruiskeen Lawn aficionados he’s Myles na gCopaleen; a few refer to him as George … Continue reading Notes on The III International Flann O’Brien Conference

A Sublime Sleight of Hand (or Why I Love The Comforters)

UNKNOWN WRITER: It is almost sixty years since the publication of Muriel Spark’s debut novel The Comforters (1957) and for me, it remains one of the finest metafictional novels of all time - all because of one simple, almost casual, feat of literary genius. SCEPTICAL READER (yawning): Not the G-word again. UW: Yes, the G-word again. Have … Continue reading A Sublime Sleight of Hand (or Why I Love The Comforters)