Connected: online book clubs and apps offer readers new ways to interact with each other and even with authors

Far from destroying reading, the internet is making it a more interactive experience

Review: Bake!

Paul Curley tuns a birthday party into something more chaotic with more than a hint of moral absurdity

Acrobats Emily Aoibheann and Elaine McCague (above, with Peter Corboy)  enliven the visual element of the show. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

This show for ages six and up broaches some important issues around identity and inclusion, but dramatically it feels embryonic

Noelle Brown and Iseult Casey in Monday’s Child. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A party where children can ponder life’s big questions

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Artist Helen Barry works with young children at Wee Care

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From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

Passionate, relentlessly energetic and possessing a collegial focus: ahead of the announcement of the inaugural laureate in The Ir(...)

King’s popularity ensured the technological experiment would be a success. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

Stephen King was the first writer to embrace the medium

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

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