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Authors of the Emerald Isle

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a lively set of Irish scribes as they discuss the rich tradition of storytelling in Ireland.


“Irish writers tell stories differently,” says award-winning Irish author Edna O’Brien. “We write in English. The rhythms are Irish.”

Join O’Brien and her fellow Emerald Isle scribes as they discuss the rich tradition of Irish storytelling in the video below. Famed crime writer Ken Bruen suggests the people of Ireland are natural born storytellers – “Irish people love to talk; they are always telling stories” – while acclaimed authors T. J. English and Joseph Caldwell speak fondly of how their Irish-American heritage inspires their work.

“It became a mythological kingdom,” Caldwell says of Ireland’s lush and rugged landscape. “It fascinated me.”

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