Boutique publishers are digging up all kinds of buried treasures

John Banville tackles perhaps the gallery’s most famous piece, Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602). His meticulous, erudite account somehow makes us see an overly familiar masterpiece anew.

Seamus Heaney, John Banville and others are inspired by the National Gallery’s art in a new anthology

Phillips often uses the materials of arts and crafts in her work, such as these pencils

Phillips reckons art can be a force for change, which is one of the reasons why she is on this year’s Turner Prize shortlist

Naomi Elster (left) and Lisa Burke, current editors of ‘HeadSpace’ magazine.

Three young women got together to produce ‘HeadSpace’, an arts magazine that provides a creative outlet for people dealing with me(...)

John Cooper Clarke:  probably the only person who could write a perfect haiku about how hard it is to write a haiku – and make it funny. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

A walk on the wild with the haiku set

Edna O’Brien was reported to be “a bit stunned” to hear Drewsborough, near Tuamgraney village in east Clare,  had gone for auction, “as she had loved the place”.  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Ireland is happy to enjoy the cultural kudos – and tourism revenue – its once-shunned literary lions bestow on the country but the(...)

Corita Kent: a nun for 32 years in a Hollywood convent before she left to become a full-time artist

Kent subverted consumerism in her art and annoyed the church with her ideas

Flann O’Brien: taking up the pickaxe

Given its importance in 20th-century fiction, why has ‘Ulysses’ not influenced more Irish writers?

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