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(...)

Jessie Burton: “People think actors are narcissistic but writing is the more egotistical, because you are all the characters.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Seeing a doll’s house in Amsterdam prompted Jessie Burton to examine, in her novel ‘The Miniaturist’, the confined circumstances o(...)

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(...)

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