Irish Writers

Samuel Beckett-  'It's not sawdust, it's sand' by Niall Magee

Samuel Beckett- ‘It’s not sawdust, it’s sand’ by Niall Magee

Over the course of his play writing Samuel Beckett began to minimalise various aspects of the traditional play. The first of the two portraits is very traditional; the second is the same bust but Minimalised. In his play “End Game” two of his Characters Nagg and Nell are living in bins on the stage. The Title of the piece is a line that Nagg says to Nell in the play

Flan O'Brien- At swim to Birds by Fergus Mulvany

Flan O’Brien- At swim to Birds by Fergus Mulvany

‘The Workman’s Friend’
When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night —
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
When money’s tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt –
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
When health is bad and your heart feels strange,
And your face is pale and wan,
When doctors say you need a change,
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
When food is scarce and your larder bare
And no rashers grease your pan,
When hunger grows as your meals are rare –
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
In time of trouble and lousey strife,
You have still got a darlint plan
You still can turn to a brighter life –
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
Taken from “At Swim-Two-Birds”
By Flann O’Brien

Dean Swift- Gullivers Travels by Daniel Doyle

Dean Swift- Gullivers Travels by Daniel Doyle

During his life Dean Swift had personal struggles with the English Royal family as they toyed with his posting to different locations. Daniel represents Swift as his most famous creation Gulliver surround by chess pieces with invisible ropes holding him down

Wall of Writers by Ludo Roders

Wall of writers by Ludo Roders

A wall of writers

The wall is a sheet of parchment, with portraits of Irish writers. On the back there are several holes and in some of them there are pieces of paper with quotes on them.
For example:

Jonathan Swift 1667 — 1745
‘Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old’

George Bernard Shaw 1856 — 1950
‘A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing’

Oscar Wilde 1854 — 1900
‘A poet can survive everything but a misprint’

William Butler Yeats 1865 — 1939
‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met’

James Joyce 1882 — 1941
‘Mistakes are the portraits of discovery’

Samuel Beckett 1906 — 1989
.‘James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could.
I am an analyser, trying to leave out as much as I can’

James Joyce- Ullysses by Alan Magee

James Joyce- Ullysses by Alan Magee

You have often seen the sand on the seashore. How fine are its tiny grains! And how many of those tiny little grains go to make up the small handful which a child grasps in its play. Now imagine a mountain of that sand, a million miles high, reaching from the earth to the farthest heavens, and a million miles broad, extending to remotest space, and a million miles in thickness; and imagine such an enormous mass of countless particles of sand multiplied as ofien as there are leaves in the for- est, drops of water in the mighty ocean, feathers on birds, scales on fish, hairs on animals, atoms in the vast expanse of the air: and imagine that at the end of every million years a little bird came to that mountain and carried away in its beak a tiny grain that sand.

How many millions upon millions of centuries would pass before that bird had carried away even a square foot of that mountain, how many eons upon eons of ages before it had carried away all? Yet at the end of that immense stretch of time not even one instant of eternity could be said to have ende.

“ A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man“
by James Joyce.