Emma Hendrick replies to Panti Bliss’s call for moderation
Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) is a nationally recognised figure who has campaigned on LGBTQ issues for many years. In 2014 he gripped the hearts of the nation with his Nobel Call from the Abbey theatre. To date, his speech, which offered a deeply personal account of homophobia in Ireland, has been viewed over 800,000 […]
The relentlessly-positive Wham! duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley burst onto the British stage in the early 1980s. While Ridgeley faded from the celebrity stage George Michael's solo career, good humour and drug-fuelled antics kept him a household name until his death on Christmas Day.
George was the embodiment of 1990’s pop, but there were hints throughout his career, and in revelations since his death that he wasn’t simply the rich playboy the media often portrayed him as. The seemingly apolitical Wham! released “Wham!- Rap!” with the lyric “I ain’t never gonna work” advocating the dole life as a good […]
The Russian revolutionary leader has been in the news recently as British Labour Party Blairites have been denouncing Corbyn supporters as ‘Trotskyite entrists’. Against this background James Granell reviews Trotsky’s autobiography ‘My Life’.
Leon Trotsky’s My Life is a remarkable work. First published in 1930 while Trotsky was living in exile in Constantinople; the book demonstrates how his life was inseparably bound up with some of the most important events of the early twentieth century. Crucially, Trotsky was the only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs and thus […]
In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution.
In the latest of his reviews of classic socialist texts James Grannell looks at Lenin’s most famous book The State and Revolution. Lenin’s The State and Revolution, written in 1917, is widely accepted as one of the classics of Marxist theory, but what’s it all about? In this relatively short text Lenin outlined his theory […]
In the latest in our series on socialist classics James Grannell reviews Frederick Engels: The Housing Question, (1872)
‘It is perfectly clear that the existing state is neither able nor willing to do anything to remedy the housing difficulty. The state is nothing but the organized collective power of the possessing classes, the landowners and the capitalists as against the exploited classes, the peasants and the workers. What the individual capitalists (and it […]
Gene Kerrigan, The Scrap:a true story from the 1916 Rising, reviewed by Mary Smith. THE SCRAP, by Gene Kerrigan is, among other things, a crackin’ read. Kerrigan’s journalistic style is great anyway, but here he’s used it to make history read like an adventure novel. But of course it’s more than that. The enormous respect […]
“No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetic expression”, wrote James Connelly in 1907. Those words resonate now as they did then for it is through creative expression that ideals can be brought to life. The spoken word is a poetic expression of great power and beauty. Within the minds of those who dare to […]
Seán Mitchell’s A Rebel’s Guide to James Connolly is a timely and welcome addition to what has been a popular and useful series exploring the lives and ideas of key Marxist figures throughout history. It will undoubtedly leave the reader with a thirst to know more about Ireland’s most famous Marxist, and is an excellent […]
In our series on socialist classics , James Grannell reviews what may be the most influential political pamphlet ever written. ‘A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Communism.’These were the opening words of the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in early 1848. This short, yet marvellous, pamphlet emboldens the […]
James Granell reviews a new collection Irish short fiction.
Young Irelanders, New Island Books €13.99 James Granell reviews a new collection Irish short fiction. Dave Lordan’s anthology, Young Irelanders, blows away the cobwebs of the culturally homogeneous, Catholic, conservative Ireland of the twentieth century with all of its little islander mentality, false prophets and false profits. In its place it presents the new Ireland […]