A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

Elf Factory: offers early-years audiences an opportunity to enter Santa’s workshop

Draíocht, Blanchardstown ****   Elf Factory is an intimate theatrical experience that offers early-years audiences an opportunity(...)

The dastardly Captain Hook (Nicholas Grennell)

Gaiety Theatre , Dublin *****   There is barely a baddie in sight in this show, which is Lavishly staged by Daryn Crosbie, who a(...)

Composer Brian Irvine

The Ark, Dublin ****   This classical concert for children aged four and up is composed by Brian Irvine, with lyrics by John McI(...)

Sleeping Beauty: a refreshing antidote to some of the more commercial children’s entertainment on offer at Christmas

Lambert Puppet Theatre, Dublin ***   Pantomime meets puppetry in Sleeping Beauty, a bare-bones rendition of the traditional fairy(...)

As Consumpta and Concepta Carcrashian, Eoin Cannon and Aidan Mannion get all the best lines. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

The Helix, Dublin ***   Pantomime and pop culture coalesce in Theatreworx’s Cinderella, whose minor characters – inspired by cele(...)

As Ireland prepares to appoint its first Laureate for Literature, the UK has just appointed its first Comics Laureate, Dave Gibbons. Gibbons, the crea(...)

Rachel Joyce: “Once I had the idea of seeing things from Queenie’s point of view, it wouldn’t leave me. I wouldn’t say the book just came to me in the writing, but I found she had so much to say.”

‘What happened to Queenie?” was one of the most frequent questions that writer Rachel Joyce was asked as she toured around the world promoting her deb(...)

A soldier’s story: ‘On the Wire’ at The Sailor’s Home on O’Curry Street in Limerick focuses on the life of an Irish soldier who comes back from the first World War to find a very different Ireland

For decades, the nationalist thrust of 20th century Irish politics left gaps in the fabric of the country’s history. The involvement of Irish soldiers(...)

David Nicholls has faced the crippling anxiety of writer’s block

David Nicholls writes at the cutting edge of contemporary fiction. He is a bestselling author as well as a literary heavyweight. His last novel One Da(...)