Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Competition is fierce on the literary festival circuit and on the evidence of last weekend Cúirt needs to do more to set itself ap(...)

Gilson describes the giant puffball white flower as looking like ‘a snowball had been stuck on to a stem’

Jools Gilson’s very personal radio documentary rehabilitates the reputation of the ‘forecourt flower’

Musician Adrian Crowley, who is currently working on his first fiction collection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
On song at Cuirt

A panel of musicians discuss their favourite books, in and out of tune, at the weekend literary festival

“One of the attractive things at present about us to children is that what we do is not seen as schoolwork,”  says Fighting Words’ Sean Love. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A panel on how to promote reading and writing in schools gets a warm reception at the literature festival in Galway

Yeats country: Lissadell House, with Benbulben in the background. Photograph: Alan Betson

After the Supreme Court’s awarding of more than €5 million in legal costs against Sligo County Council – already tens of millions (...)

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