Ireland is known as the land of saints and scholars, and for good reason. It has produced some of the most impressive and prolific writers in the world – not bad for a small island on the edge of Europe! I love writing that comes from Ireland, so I'm looking for suggestions of new books and writers to try out.
Personally, I adore the classics – Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of my favourites, and I've seen Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" live on stage. I even made an attempt to read "Ulysses" by James Joyce, but it's a very long book and I couldn't quite finish it! Am I missing out on any other classics from Ireland?
Out of the more modern writers from Ireland, I've loved Seamus Heaney's collected poetry – "Digging" is one of my favourites, and I'm looking forward to getting more immersed in his collections. I also read a little of Belfast-born poet Sinéad Morrissey, and recently I finished "The Gathering" by Anne Enright, which won the Man Booker prize – it was absolutely excellent! Are there any other contemporary gems I should invest in to read?