Verbal pyrotechnics: Mark O’Rowe. Photograph: Alan Betson

The plays of the ‘Howie the Rookie’ writer are dark, complex affairs. With his new work, ‘Our Few and Evil Days’, about to open at(...)

Ross Dungan had success in the Edinburgh Fringe as a performer but hated every moment – the switch to writing hasn’t harmed his ca(...)

This year’s Show in a Bag offerings include Noni Stapleton’s Charolais

The Show in a Bag series is one of the strongest facets in the Tiger Dublin Fringe. So what’s the secret of its theatrical success(...)

Found in translation: a self-portrait by Tove Jansson, author of The Summer Book. Photograph:

There is something pleasingly arbitrary about the subscription approach to literature in translation

Shaun Dunne: coming from a place of truth. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The theatre’s outreach programme made Shaun Dunne an actor at 11. Now he’s back with his own play

Director Róisín McBrinn

Director Róisín McBrinn believes, like Shaw, that theatre changes lives

Artistic touch: Jenny Wallblom and her children, Lois and Milo Humphries, exploring Propositions at Imma. Photograph: Frank Miller

Imma’s touchy-feely retrospective of the work of Hélio Oiticica is an ideal place to introduce curious toddlers to the world of ar(...)

Billy Collins: ‘It is like an eye chart, with its big E at the top, and the letters getting less legible as it moves along. A poem should be like that’

The former US poet laureate believes in bringing poetry to the widest possible audience. Some critics have found his poetry to be (...)

Harper Lee: after years of resistance from her, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published for Kindle by HarperCollins last month. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty

According to Harper Lee 'some things should happen on soft pages not cold metal'. Her dissenting voice is one of many as digitisat(...)

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