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Points West

Gerald Dawe, 9 March 2006

... for Kevin and Eve When the street has gone all so quiet except for the police car that whizzes up and down at the same time every night – when the timbers jolt and the radiators click-click and the action of the clock gets ready to strike – I stumble across a blustery waste ground, a cliff face, a dozen streets of little houses, under a full moon, blinded by the light of a door that’s been left open, church bells clanging at six in the morning, the first train haring off to points west, and, from the garden that edges a misty lake, wind chimes accompany my ‘going before me’, to the terrace overlooking a splendid sea, where the kids hunt in rock pools or dive headlong into the uplit swimming pool, the smoky hills behind and beyond us nestle the rich and no-longer famous – ex-colonials on retreat and contemplatives – but in the bulky containers moving so slowly, stowaways crouch for pockets of air ...

Valorising Valentine Brown

Patricia Craig, 5 September 1985

Ascendancy and Tradition in Anglo-Irish Literary History from 1789 to 1939 
by W.J. McCormack.
Oxford, 423 pp., £27.50, June 1985, 0 19 812806 1
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Across a Roaring Hill 
edited by Gerald Dawe and Edna Longley.
Blackstaff, 258 pp., £10.95, July 1985, 0 85640 334 2
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Celtic Revivals: Essays in Modern Irish Literature 1880-1980 
by Seamus Deane.
Faber, 199 pp., £15, July 1985, 0 571 13500 5
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Escape from the Anthill 
by Hubert Butler.
Lilliput, 342 pp., £12, May 1985, 0 946640 00 9
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... In a recent Times article, Philip Howard pounced on the deplorable word ‘Valorisation’ which seems to be trying to edge its way into the English language. ‘To enhance the price, value or status of by organised ... action’ is one of the meanings he quotes for it. Here is an example of one such usage: ‘the literary critics’ valorisation of tradition ...

My Darlings

Colm Tóibín: Drinking with Samuel Beckett, 5 April 2007

... the turn into Westland Row, hope to bump into no one between here and the bank, especially not Gerald Dawe or Vincent Browne, who both have offices there. Nothing against them really, but it’s mid-December, no time for meeting anyone. Pass by Sweney’s Chemist. Lemon soap. Viagra nowadays, Bloom would buy. Lemon Viagra. Mr Beamish the old bank ...

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