Culture Journal Ireland

Potato what?!

Take a fascination for rare books, some bootleg gin and a pie made from the curious ingredient of potato peel and you have The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Once you get past the rather long winded title, based on a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer (and Annie Burrows) you have a fairly descent film where Lilly James stars as writer and journalist Juliette Ashton who, in the midst of a tour for her latest book, becomes intrigued by a letter she receives from a resident of the island of Guernsey who writes to her enquiring about a book for his local book club, hence the name. Curious…

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A Cambodian Spring delivers thought for the people of Cambodia

It is written into local family folklore that my great grandmother had her house bulldozed in the 1960s in the name of progress. This is an event which happened long before my birth but which could not have been illustrated more vividly than when the wrecking ball set’s about its destruction of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood in local director Chris Kelly’s award-winning A Cambodian Spring, shown in his native Derry on Thursday last to mark world press freedom day. At the centre of this David v’s Goliath tale are Tou Srev Pov, a mother of three children and housing activist who has worked hard to give her family a…

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