Shane Connaughton leans against the wall outside the Garda Barracks in Redhills.

The sequel to his acclaimed 1989 debut is set in a Garda station in Cavan in late 1950s

Some of Ireland’s best-known writers and readers share the books that will be in their suitcases

If you’re heading off the beaten track, you might welcome  book recommendations from local experts

From Bulgaria to Zambia and from China to Palestine, the books you should be reading

Jennifer Johnston talks to Eileen Battersby at the Irish Writers Centre in Dulbin this month

Irish Times Book Club: The distinguished author discusses her life and work

Sebastian Barry at the Gutter Bookshop Dalkey after winning the Independent Bookshop Award. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maeve Binchy walk; TCD archives conference; Words Ireland initiatives

Share your local knowledge with Irish visitors this summer

 Sinead Morrissey: shorltisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Photograph: Eric Luke

The latest literary news and listings

There’s a celebration of Bloomsday co-founder, the late Anthony Cronin, on June 16th

To mark WB Yeats’s birthday and Bloomsday the National Library will show newly acquired letters to Yeats from James Joyce

The Power by Naomi Alderman, reviewed by Danny Wallace, is the bookies’ favourite to win the Baileys Prize tomorrow

Grace Dent, Bettany Hughes, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Horowitz, Anita Rani and Danny Wallace on tomorrow’s potential winners

“There are very few outlets for people writing for children, whether it’s poetry or short fiction”

‘You can sense the twinkle in the author’s eye,’ says editor of Janet Turner’s winner

 Kit de Waal: Irish Novel of the Year winner. Photograph: Justine Stoddart

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Michael Longley: “Harold Pinter encouraged me in my youth. So, for personal as well as literary and political reasons I am moved and honoured by this award.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judges praise poet’s ‘effortlessly lyric and fluent poetry… wholly suffused with humanity, humility and compassion’

Irish Times Africa Day writing competition winners. Pictured with Books Editor Martin Doyle are Boitumelo Ntsimane (Portlaoise); Matthew Price (Rathfarnham) and Florence Olufemi-Ojo (Tallaght). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The African-themed short story and poetry competition is designed to showcase emerging talent and established writers

Yanis Varoufakis’s appearance will be one of the highlights of the International Literature Festival Dublin. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Actor Lisa Dwan will be sharing her unique perspective on reading and acting Beckett, at the  2017 Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy, a writer and tutor from Mayo,  was featured in The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and shortlisted for the 2017 Hennessy Award in Emerging Fiction

Debut novel about three young Irish economic migrants in Australia won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards

Edna O’Brien will receive her prize of €1,500 at a ceremony in the Swiss embassy in Dublin in May. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Literature Festival Dublin highlights; Pigott Poetry Prize shortlist; Irish Writers in London Summer School; Dublin (...)

Out of the Marvellous, an Atelier Pinton tapestry designed by Peter Sis in memory of Seamus Heaney is to be unveiled on April 20th at 6.30pm at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin

French translation prize; AE anniversary lecture; love songs in Limerick; Seamus Heaney tapestry

The Man Booker shortlisted author discusses his career, his Rustbelt Trilogy and the rise of Donald Trump, and his month-long mara(...)

Kit de Waal: “It would be very easy to have given the book a happy ending but I know from my personal experience that that wouldn’t happen.” Photograph:  Justine Stoddart

Eimear McBride on Encore Award shortlist; Gutter Bookshop shortlisted; Cork World Book Festival; Karl Whitney working on a hit; Co(...)

 Michael Collins  at the 37th US Film Festival, in Deauville,  France, in  2011, where he received the Deauville literary award for his book, Midnight in a Perfect Life. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin Doyle interviews the Booker-nominated author, extreme runner and stabbing survivor about Midnight in a Perfect Life

Joe Joyce: The city is an integral part of the book, not just the backdrop to a spy story. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Kerry Group Novel of the Year shortlist; Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist; Poetry Ireland quiz

Michael Collins: I write of crimes that go unacknowledged, unpunished, crimes which barely register. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I saw, within the crime genre’s scope, a way to metaphorically and literally uncover who or what had killed American greatness’

Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June

American writers dominate 2017 Sunday Times EFG short story award shortlist

Shane Hegarty: “This is the kind of news a writer dreams of, to be honest.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Penguin Ireland and Gutter Bookshop up for British Book Awards

This is Ireland: 12 books that capture the Ireland of now

A Minister, a historian and 13 Irish writers select the modern works - from Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to Donal Ryan - that capture for (...)

Wellcome Book Prize judges Di Speirs, Simon Baron-Cohen, Val McDermid, Tim Lewens and Gemma Cairney

Paul Kalanithi’s memoir could become first posthumous work to win the prize

 Kate Kerrigan: the Co Mayo author, who also writes as Morag Prunty, received her trophy from  cookery writer Prue Leith at the awards ceremony in London

Sophia Bennett’s Love Song wins Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year 2017

Six of the best

To mark International Women’s Day we’ve created an antidote to the all-male Irish Writers poster, free for you to download: 12 wri(...)

“There are so many books that provide great introductions to feminism, for women and men,” says Ivana Bacik. “Books like Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique, Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room, Edna O’Brien’s Girl with Green Eyes and many more, all helped to shape my own feminist views”

International Women's Day: Leading writers put together reading list for men

Colm Tóibín: West Cork Literary Festival headliner. Photograph: Steve Pyke

Ennis Book Club Festival; Bookshop of the Year; Asking for it on campus; Hogwarts Spring Gala

Marina Carr: She has been awarded one of the world’s must lucrative literary honours, the Windham-Campbell Prize, worth $165,000 (€155,000). Photograph: Sara Freund

Author of ‘The Mai’ becomes second Irish writer in two years to be lauded by Yale

Frank Delaney: described by US broadcaster NPR as “the most eloquent man in the world”. Photograph: Meng Li

John Banville, Colum McCann, Chris Cleave, Keggie Carew and James Joyce expert Terence Killeen salute veteran writer and broadcast(...)

Tom Hanks is to make his debut as a fiction writer this autumn with Uncommon Type: Some Stories. Photograph: Getty Images

William Trevor lecture; Bernard MacLaverty interview; Féile Fidelma; Barry and O'Loughlin on Walter Scott prize longlist

Thomas Enger: I would love to pick the brain of the Bible’s author about how to get away with all those completely unrealistic scenes and still sell millions

Norwegian crime writer Thomas Enger on the wit of Harlan Coben and the wisdom of Stephen King

Kate Hamer: I find Edna O’Brien an absolutely extraordinary writer – her work is so lucid and accomplished it’s almost like she’s recasting a vision. Photograph: Mei Williams

‘Writing makes you tune into the world in a way that I might not have experienced if I didn’t write’

A detail from The Kiss by Edvard Munch. Photograph: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

On the eve of St Valentine’s Day, some of Ireland’s finest poets discuss their most-loved love poems. One has even made a poem of (...)

Salman Rushdie: new novel due out in September. Photograph: Reuters

Irish on RoNAs shortlist; Novel Fair finalists; Mark O’Halloran for Ennis; Mountains to Sea women’s day event; NUIG honours Mike M(...)

Emergency exit: bestselling author Donal Ryan is having to return to his civil service job  for financial security. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The revelation that one of Ireland’s most successful writers has to go back to his old civil service job to earn a living highligh(...)

Katie Donovan was shortlisted for her collection Off Duty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Sebastian Barry with his book Days Without End. Chair of judges Kate Williams described it as ‘magnificent, and searing’. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

£30,000 prize for ‘Days Without End’ makes him first novelist to have won twice

Maeve Brennan: “You are all your work has. It has nobody else and never had anybody else”

Angela Bourke, author of Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker, and Irish Times writer Patrick Freyne discuss and read from he(...)

Steph Broadribb: Published writers are the ones who keep writing and sending stuff out. Never give up!

Deep Down Dead author Steph Broadribb on what makes her tick as a reader and a writer

Jess Kidd: previously shortlisted for an Irish Book Award for her debut novel, Himself

Book news: Doolin Writers’ Weekend and Ennis Book Club Festival highlights

A rack of newspapers in Mexico City with headlines about  the  triumph of Donald Trump. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As Donald Trump becomes US president, we republish this reaction piece by a host of writers from last November to his election

Justin Myers aka The Guyliner: his first novel, The Last Romeo, will be published by Little, Brown in spring 2018

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Conor McKeon (centre) performing his tribute to David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen

Tribute song combines Purple Rain, Hallelujah and Life on Mars

Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End: “a miracle of a book”according to the Costa judges

Fellow winners Brian Conaghan, Keggie Carew, Francis Spufford and Alice Oswald compete with Barry for £30,000 Costa prize

John Montague speaking at his 80th birthday and the launch of his Chosen Lights: Poets on Poems at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland, his publisher Peter Fallon and a host of poets and academics pay tribute to a great Irish writer

Best books of 2016: Dennis Potter, Emily Dickinson, Bruce Springsteen, Tsar Nicholas II and his daughters, and Elizabeth Strout. Photographs: BBC, Amherst College via NYT, Sony Music, Heritage/Getty, Todd Heisler/NYT

Olivia O’Leary, Anne Enright, Roy Foster, Ardal O’Hanlon, Roddy Doyle and others choose their favourite fiction and non-fiction ti(...)

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Eithne Shortall: “I wanted to write a story that was fun and smart and heart-warming”

Paula Hawkins returns; Graham Norton back at Listowel Writers’ Week; Rose Tremain for Ennis Book Club Festival

Michael J Malone: What book would you give to a friend’s child on their 18th birthday? The Shining. It’s only proper that they go on into adulthood looking over their shoulder, right?

‘It took me so long to see my words in print that I had to learn perseverance’

Babette’s Feast: “I spend considerably more time reading about food than I do cooking it,” admits Paula McGrath

Henrietta McKervey, Rob Doyle, Danielle McLaughlin, Ian Duhig, Paula McGrath, Jo Spain and Martina Evans share favourite recipes a(...)

Putting Irish writers on the world map

We set out to discover if there was at least one Irish novel, short story, play or, at a pinch, poem set in every country in the w(...)

Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and a host of Irish writers explore why when it comes to writing fiction the world is their oyster

 Greystones, Co Wicklow: self-publishing capital of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meath, Wicklow and Kildare have most independently published authors per person

Costa shortlist: Sebastian Barry  previously won award   in 2008 with The Secret Scripture

Brian Conaghan on children’s book shortlist. Winners to be announced in January

William Trevor in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

John Banville, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle and more pay tribute to the late author

Philippe Sands: The Franco-British lawyer has won a £30,000 prize for his new book, a “double detective story”.

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Mike McCormack: the Galway-based author’s first novel in 11 years has won the Irish novel of the year award a week after winning  the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize

Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones is novel of the year. Winners include Marian Keyes, Graham Norton, Paul Howard, Paul O’Connell and Ta(...)

Karen Gillece und Paul Perry, aka Karen Perry

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Mike McCormack with the award for the Goldsmiths Prize 2016. The Irish writer won the annual £10,000 prize for his novel Solar Bones.  Photograph: Kevin Moran

Prestigious experimental fiction prize won by Irish author for third time in four years

Anakana Schofield: will discuss her work with Laura Slattery of The Irish Times at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7.30pm. The interview will be podcast on irishtimes.com om November 30th

The story of a sex offender exiled from Ireland to London, by the award-winning author of Malarky, is on Goldsmiths Prize shortlis(...)

“Mayo does penance and atonement,” says Mike McCormack. “Knock, Croagh Patrick, it isn’t a coincidence these are in Mayo”

Publishing struggles, creative writing classes, the magic of Mayo, artistic influences, mortality and wonderful women are on the a(...)

Thirty literary types, including Lisa McInerney, Colin Barrett, Sinéad Crowley, Donal Ryan and John Boyne, on why certain stories (...)

Cecilia Ahern and Ryan Tubridy at last year’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards  shortlist announcement.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger Photography

Mike McCormack, Eimear McBride, Emma Donoghue, Donal Ryan, Maggie O’Farrell and Sebastian Barry vie for Eason Novel of Year

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” claimed Cyril Connolly. What do Irish authors think about combining parenthood and writing in the wake of John Banville’s claim that writers make bad parents?

His comment in an Irish Times interview that writers are bad fathers provoked a social media storm. Fellow writers react

All talk: Limerick hip-hoppers The Rubberbandits are set to cause a scene at Lingo. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Bookmarks: Lingo Spoken Word Festival; Dara Ó Briain’s science for kids; independent publishing workshop; top titles from French a(...)

Seán O’Keeffe of Liberties Press: The “only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Publisher Seán O’Keeffe says he is sorry and vows to address the situation on payments

 Paul McVeigh: won this year’s  Polari First Book Prize  for The Good Son as part of London Literature Festival last weekend

Bookmarks: an Armagh arts event, a Shackleton festival and murder comes to Malahide

Graeme Macrae Burnet: I really like doing research. For His Bloody Project I looked into the history and way of life of Scottish crofting communities; nineteenth-century criminal anthropology and psychology; and the Scots legal system of the time. Of course, you can get a lot from the internet, but I love to be in an archive where you can dig out yellowed, hand-written documents tied up with ribbons – you can smell the reek of history!

‘I think the success of His Bloody Project shows that readers are willing to engage with something a little bit out of the ordinar(...)

Looking for an amusing read? Ask comic geniuses Kevin McAleer, Tara Flynn, Maeve Higgins, Arthur Mathews, Kevin and Anne Gildea, O(...)

Irish-American lawyer John Quinn and John Butler Yeats, sketched by Jack Butler Yeats

Account relates lesbian couple’s legal battle for the publication of Joyce’s masterpiece

 Eimear McBride: shortlisted for Goldsmiths Prize for The Lesser Bohemians. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bookmarks: Books are my Bag; An Evening for Book Lovers; Echoland is Dublin: One City One Book choice; IMRAM Irish language litera(...)

Joseph O’Connor, the Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing,  with Ellen McCourt, wife of the late Frank McCourt, at his inaugural lecture at the University of Limerick. “When taught well to a student who wants to engage, an arts degree develops the ability to think independently, to sift and weigh evidence, to be able to express views critically, to approach the world with a degree of skepticism but not cynicism.” Photograph:  Alan Place/ FusionShooters

Is an arts degree still worth doing? A host of writers explain what they got out of it

We could have stayed forever there but then the bells rang . . . and we were saved

Lucia Joyce: Beckett turned her down in 1923 but helped pay for her medical care four decades later.

Bookmarks: Speaking on the Rising, Anne Enright in Limerick, and Mercier novel competition

Patrick and the President, featuring a cameo by a young cub reporter who looks a lot like Ryan Tubridy

Children’s Books Ireland conference: Patrick and the President draws on Tubridy’s fascination with John F Kennedy’s Irish ties, th(...)

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Jean Rhys: used her evening strolls as inspiration for the emotional landscape of her Paris novels

‘Flâneuse: Women Walk the City’; ‘An Abbreviated Life’; ‘The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir’

Claire-Louise Bennett, who lives in Galway, is the author of Pond, which was published to acclaim by Dublin’s Stinging Fly Press last year – an Irish Times review called it “modernist, ambitious and writerly” – and this summer by Penguin Random House in the US. It was shortlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hilary Mantel, Lavinia Greenlaw, K J Orr shortlisted for second time along with Tahmima Anam for £15,000 prize

 Liz Nugent: has signed a six-figure deal with US publisher Simon & Schuster for her two novels, Unravelling Oliver,  and her recent Irish No 1 bestseller Lying in Wait. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bookmarks: major Irish debut; US deal for ex-Fair City writer; Stalin the bookworm; Dromineer literary festival; women writers for(...)

Lisa McInerney with the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel,The Glorious Heresies, which she is to adapt for TV.  “I’m so thrilled to be working with Fifty Fathoms and Julian Farino on adapting The Glorious Heresies for the screen. Champing at the bit, even,” McInerney told The Irish Times. Photograph: PA

Galway author’s debut won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Desmond Elliott Prize earlier this year. Sequel is to be publi(...)

The late Seamus Heaney at his old primary school in Anahorish, Bellaghy, Co Derry in spring 1996. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives/John J Burns Library/Boston College

Bookmarks: The poet himself protested the Derry moterway route nine years ago

Nikki McWatters’ memoir, One Way Or Another: The Girl Who Loved Rock Stars, was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. Her new young adult novel, set in Europe during the witch hunts, is being released in November, and she is currently writing a novel set in Ireland.

‘The language and descriptive powers of the author suggest a great talent,’ says judge John Boyne

Doireann Ní Ghríofa with her award-winning poetry collection, Clasp, in Trinity College Dublin today. Photograph: Maura Hickey

A video featuring former award winners including many of Ireland’s leading writers has been made to celebrate 40 years of the Roon(...)

Pat Boran: “We see The Level Crossing as a way to highlight what we already do at the press. (Our core mission is, after all, to publish and promote the best in contemporary poetry from Ireland.) But we’re also very much engaged with the wider poetry world, and we hope that – as well as playing the role of catalogue or sampler – The Level Crossing might usefully blur the distinction between ‘list’ and ‘non-list’ poets

Bookmarks: Books Ireland publisher dies; Dedalus Press produces a new poetry journal

Lucy Caldwell: “not a writer who cultivates bleakness for its own sake,” wrote Colin Barrett in his Irish Times review of Multitudes, “and the tone that ultimately prevails throughout Multitudes is one of tentative defiance, of a kind of celebratory bittersweetness and a refusal to finally bow to adversity”

The award-winning author’s bittersweet debut short story collection traces the highs and lows of young women’s lives in her native(...)

Which famous Irish writer is in the crowd of people on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? The first correct quiz entry chosen at random will win 24 titles from the Macmillan Collector’s Library, a covetable collection of hardback classics priced at £9.99 each

Scroll down for the answers. Congratulations to Mary McCauley, who has won 24 titles from the Macmillan Collector’s Library

Michael Grothaus: It kills me how many times I see writers wasting time on Twitter talking about being a writer instead of actually writing

The author of Epiphany Jones, a novel about Hollywood sex trafficking, on his life as a reader and writer and the many books that (...)

Bookmarks: A ghostly revival and birth of a literary landmark

Dorothy Molly: Died just days before her first collection, Hare Soup, was published. It was posthumously awarded the Irish Times Poetry Now prize.

Two events on August 4th will celebrate the work of the late Mayo scholar and teacher, painter and poet

Robert Dunbar in his trademark red duffle coat which inspired comparisons to Santa Claus. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Oliver Jeffers, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Kate Thompson, Patrick Ness and many more pay tribute to champion(...)

An illustration of Robert Dunbar by Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch

PJ Lynch, Eoin Colfer, Patrick Ness and others honour critic and lecturer, who reviewed children’s literature for The Irish Times (...)

RB Kelly: The great irony is that, for all that I’ve spent hours and days and weeks and months trying to understand what the technology of tomorrow will look like, I can barely work an iPhone

RB Kelly on her literary life and loves: Mark Anthony, Anne of Green Gables, Terry Pratchett, Ben Elton, observing everything, and(...)

 Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times, with two  Africa Day writing competition winners, Stephanie Iwuala and Wasekera Chiphazi-Banda, and Barbara Wilson of Irish Aid. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stephanie Iwuala and Wasekera Chiphazi-Banda receive book prizes

A demonstrator   protests against the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum. “The vote for Brexit has turned this country into what it has always prided itself on not being: mean, narrow and unwelcoming,” said Irish author Eimear McBride. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

A broad cross-section of Irish poets and authors add their voices to alarm over Britain’s vote to leave the EU

Terry Pratchett at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin: “Education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.” (Hogfather). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lisa McInerney and Colin Smythe pick their favourites to add to the best of a new book

Lisa McInerney reacts to the announcement that she has won  the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize

Bookmarks: US publishing deal for Caitriona Lally; awards for Sarah Crossan and Thomas Morris; Dalkey literary walk; star in an Eo(...)

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