The Coen brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, is loosely (and, according to some who were there, inaccurately) based on this memoir of Greenwich V(...)

Photograph: Paolo Vescia/New York Times

At first the vast amount of glass in the buildings seems like good taste. Everything here is carefully thought out. The chrome, the blond wood, the br(...)

At Winter Tales, in  Dalkey: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

nChristmas is the busiest time of the year for booksellers – and readers – so it’s a bit surprising that book festivals, so abundant at other times, a(...)

 Anna Carey: will speak at the Smock Alley Theature on Saturday, November 16th, as part of Dublin Book Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The last autumn leaves are drifting down, and in Co Laois they’re marking the fall with the Leaves Literary Festival, next Friday and Saturday. Events(...)

Colm Tóibín: one of several big names at the Civic Theatre on October 19th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It seems the festival season is really not a season any longer: it pretty much goes on all year, with just a brief break for Christmas. Dromineer Lite(...)

Heading the Dún Laoghaire line-up: Margaret Atwood. Photograph: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Electric Picnic is on this weekend, and if you’re at Stradbally, the Co Laois estate that hosts the festival, you might want to check out some of t(...)

The Yeats Festival Season continues this month with readings and events in Sligo, among them Aloud , an evening of poetry and music featuring, among o(...)

Satirical homage in Trim, Co Meath: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), as depicted in an oil  painting by Charles Jervas. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Jonathan Swift was appointed vicar of Laracor, near Trim, Co Meath, in 1700, and each year Trim pays homage (and boosts local tourism) with the Swift (...)

As his fellow musician Will Oldham observed recently, the reason people love Leonard Cohen is that his work is both democratic and transcendent. Given(...)

Nadeem Aslam: reading and interview in Listowel. Photograph: Jerry Bauer

Literature fans had better not plan on drawing breath during June, so chock-a-block is (...)