With so many new books jostling for attention, it might seem strange that some publishers opt to reissue out- of-print titles. Shouldn’t any book wort(...)

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.

In 1944 George Bernard Shaw wrote from England to Thomas Bodkin, a former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, to ask whether the institution (...)

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

Collaboration is an important element of Ciara Phillips’s work. The Irish-Canadian artist, who is based in Glasgow, is nominated for this year’s Tu(...)

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

It’s a cool, stylised watercolour. A long-legged girl in a yellow minidress sits on a white box and leans forward, dangling a wedge-heeled sandal from(...)

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

One of my favourite poems is Haiku No 1, by the Manchester punk poet John Cooper Clarke, which goes: To-con-vey one’s mood In sev-en-teen syl(...)

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

The Property section of this newspaper recently reported that Edna O’Brien’s childhood home, in Co Clare, was withdrawn from auction after failing to (...)

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

The campus buildings oat LA’s Immaculate Heart College are decorated with huge, colourful posters of food – rows of shiny, stylised apples and pear(...)

Flann O’Brien: taking up the pickaxe

A number of experimental writers and editors were gathered together by the poet and creative-writing teacher Dave Lordan at the Irish Writers’ Centre (...)

Collaboration: Alice Lyons and Orla McHardy made The Polish Language

Poetry films are bursts of sweetness and stimulation. They vary hugely. Some are as simple as a film of the text of a poem, but just as a music video (...)

Girls practice their cursive handwriting on a blackboard in 1935. Photograph; Harold M Lambert / Getty Images

When I was in primary school, I envied my friend Anna. When we practised our handwriting in headline copies in Miss Murphy’s senior infants class, she(...)