Herman Koch: ‘When I started writing it was a question for me, too: how far would  I go along with the character? How far would he go?’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Herman Koch specialises in vile characters. The protagonist of ‘The Dinner’ revealed his depravity over a gourmet meal. His new no(...)

The five poets shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now award are, clockwise from top left,  Nick Laird, Conor O’Callaghan, Tara Bergin, Billy Ramsell and Sinéad Morrissey

Contemporary Irish poetry is doing well, as the breadth of work up for the Irish Times Poetry Now award demonstrates

Eleanor Bermingham with her son Mikey and their dog Ralf  near their home in Citywest Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Theatres and cinemas have responded to the call for special screenings and relaxed performances

Samuel Beckett Summer School runs at Trinity College Dublin in August

Schools that focus on trad music, Irish dance, Beckett, Joyce, Parnell, Yeats and public policy should keep adults of all stripes (...)

Family drama: John Kavanagh and Tadhg Murphy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

John Kavanagh played Casimir in the first production of Aristocrats in 1979, a role Tadhg Murphy now inherits. They discuss the ro(...)

Margaret Atwood: brave commitment to exploring contemporary issues. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Those doomsayers predicting the death of the book need look no further than Wattpad for confirmation of the power of fiction in th(...)

The Hugglewug way: Henry Hugglemonster

Niamh Sharkey’s delightful picture book ‘I’m a Happy Hugglewug’ has led to the hit Disney series ‘Henry Hugglemonster’ – and to a (...)

West Side Story: the cast of this revival by Joey McKneely succeed in reproducing original choreographer Jerry Robbins’s movement with precision
West Side Story

There are some breathtaking moments in the choreographed fight scenes but vocal performances are nowhere near as strong

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