The most important news of recent weeks is that The Found Voice was given a full page review, with editorial comment, in the Times Literary Supplement of 17/26 August.  A short review appeared earlier in the Irish Times, and other reviews are in the works.

‘Coetzee’s Dialogues: Who says who we are?’  OUP Blog, 15 September.

A piece about the writing of The Found Voice appeared in the Irish Times, May 6 2016,    : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/denis-sampson-on-finding-his-own-voice-that-of-william-trevor-and-other-writers-1.2637665

An extract, the Prologue, is included in Dublin Review of Books (May 2016): http://www.drb.ie/new-books/the-found-voice

The first of a new set of radio essays, ‘A Field in Castlecomer’ will be broadcast on RTE1 ‘Sunday Miscellany’, 8 May 2016, 9-10 a.m.  Podcast will be available later.

The Found Voice: Writers’ Beginnings will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2016, some months later by OUP (US) and OUP (Canada).  For details and an extract see the publisher’s website: http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-found-voice-9780198752998?cc=ie+lang=en&

A Migrant Heart is now available worldwide in paper and as an ebook.  Go to www.lindaleith.com/publishings/view/29 for updates regarding distribution.

Read a feature about the book in the Montreal Gazette, written by Ian McGillis, ‘Denis Sampson’s A Migrant Heart maps space between emigrant and immigrant’: www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/book/McGillis+book+Denis+Sampson+Migrant++maps+space+between+emigrant+immigrant/10133489/story.html

Read the first Irish reviews: www.drb.ie/essays/a-life-in-books and www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/migration-and-remembering-the-family-priest-burning-cousin-edna’s-b00k/31077903.html

Listen to a conversation with Vincent Woods, RTE Radio 1, “The Arts Tonight” http://www.rte.ie/radio1/arts-tonight/programmes/2015/0316/687620-arts-tonight-monday-16-march-2015/?clipid=1830504  Podcast on RTE Radio and on itunes.

Other News

‘Seamus Heaney, “World Culture”, and the Kitchen Mat’ appeared in Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review, Fall 2015, vol. 122, no 3.

‘Mavis Gallant and the Authentic Voices of the Dead’,  also appeared in Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review; Spring 2015, vol. 122, no. 1. (by subscription only)

Blog: http://49thshelf.com/Blog/2015/03/17/Denis-Sampson-On-the-Paucity-of-Irish-Canadian-Memoir.

Article in Irish Times, 13 March 2015 on being a Canadian immigrant.  http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/how-we-went-from-being-an-irish-couple-to-a-canadian-family-1.2131960