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George Bernard Shaw Interview – 1937

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw is interviewed in 1937. He speaks about communism, Russia and America.


Endeavour Press issues Kindle edition of Brian Inglis’s 1974 biography of Roger Casement

Brian Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis, U. S. General Editor of Interlitq, and a contributor to Issues 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Interlitq and English Writers 1, English Writers 2 and English Writers 3, wishes to announce that Endeavour Press in London has issued a Kindle edition of his father Brian Inglis’s 1974 biography of Roger Casement, the Irish revolutionary executed for treason in 1916.  Sympathetic, but in no way hagiographical, Inglis’s account explores all dimensions of Casement’s life–in particular, Casement’s unsparing investigations of the rubber trade in the Belgian Congo, and atrocities in Latin America.

Passionate but naive, a visionary lacking in sound judgment, Casement was devoted to the cause of Irish freedom, yet spent years as a willing servant of the British Crown–and ended his days disastrously as a supporter of the Kaiser. Inglis quotes at length from Casement’s “Black Diaries,” having concluded they were genuine and an indispensable source of insight into his subject. “Roger Casement” is widely regarded as one of the classic biographies of the 20th century.

Read Neil Langdon Inglis’s interview about his father, the author Brian Inglis.

Read Neil Langdon Inglis’s 3 question interview for Interlitq.

Why Pamela Hansford Johnson disliked Iris Murdoch

Pamela Hansford Johnson

Iris Murdoch

Lesley Chamberlain begins:

It was the only time they met, and apparently Murdoch, the younger of the two, left no record of it. Johnson by contrast was full of venom:

Iris is heavy, low-slung, grotesque in appearance: he is little and stuttering, with a fluting voice. I rather liked him. But she is nervy, socially ill at ease, and not my thing at all. She is profoundly and deeply feminine, despite appearances: all those frilly heroines are compensation figures. I hate to seem a bitch towards her – I think her life hasn’t been easy. This doesn’t mean I can stand the incoherence of her novels.

This extraordinary passage comes from Johnson’s diaries, of which her recent biographer Wendy Pollard has made first and excellent use. Pamela Hansford Johnson Her Life, Works and Times was published in 2014 and I’ll be reviewing it in a future issue of The Times Literary Supplement.

PHJ, as her biographer calls her, was just coming up to fifty at the time. Murdoch was seven years her junior.

New work by Hernán Neira to be published in Interlitq in March 2017

Hernán Neira

Hernán Neira

New work by Hernán Neira, the Chilean author who contributed to Issues 12, 17  y 19 of Interlitq, will be published in the review in March 2017.

  1. Una modesta proposición (in Spanish), a work for the theatre, inspired by “A Modest Proposal For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public” by Jonathan Swift.
  2. An extract in Spanish from Neira’s novel Ameland: El Naufragio de la Luz, also translated into the English.


Jennifer Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award/ Video

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015 – here we have a look back at the tribute and acceptance speech for Jennifer Johnston’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 – featuring Roddy Doyle & Donal Ryan.