Salman Rushdie: ‘If you don’t have a pretty clear sense of who you are, you’re not going to write good books.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Of all the things you don’t expect to hear when you answer your phone, the words “it’s Salman Rushdie here” must be pretty close to the top of the (...)

Published February 4th, 1947, the photograph shows James Larkin’s four sons  at his funeral procession in Dublin. They are (left to right) Denis, Fintan, Bernard and James. Photograph: The Irish Times

Solemn? This picture is solemnity personified. The four men walking with slow, precise steps. The blurry figures at the extreme edges of the image,(...)

Anyone who treasures the work of the nature writer Robert Macfarlane, and who regularly revisits his books The Old Ways and The Wild Places, will want(...)

Open-minded: “It’s not for the novel to give a conclusion. It’s for the reader to do that,” says Mark Mulholland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“A book should have something to say,” declares Mark Mulholland. “Or else what’s the point?” Mulholland’s debut novel, A Mad and Wonderful Thing, has (...)

Erris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:53

ERRIS, CO. MAYO   At every stage of this year’s Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland competition, we judges had lengthy discussions about (...)

Epic scale: 14-18. Photograph: Luk Monsaert

The Flemish call it Veertien- Achttien and describe it, in the lilt familiar from the subtitled television series Salamander, as a spektakel musical. (...)

The science-fiction writer Arthur C Clarke reckoned that, rather than Earth, a better name for our planet would be Sea. Clearly of a similar mind, Phi(...)

As yet another World Cup kicks off without the participation of an Irish team, it’s clear that not only have we not qualified for this year’s feast o(...)

Joël Dicker: ‘It’s absolutely not a paedophile story. But I was afraid that maybe some publisher could see it as politically incorrect and turn down the book for this reason.’ Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a funny old business, book publishing. We’ve heard a lot of talk about how there’s no money and nobody has time to read more than two consecut(...)

The poet Patrick Kavanagh (left) and the critic Anthony Cronin outside Davy Byrne’s in Duke Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: June 17th, 1954 So familiar is Bloomsday on the Dublin festival circuit that we take it for granted – while, perhaps, bemoaning its(...)