'The Queen has come! And isn't she angry.', illustration from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1832-9) (colour litho)  John Tenniel

In the 150 years since its publication, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been subjected to scores of revisions and versions, from (...)

Fine Gael TD and Minister for State Simon Harris  is advocating a Yes vote on the age of eligibility for presidential office. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of Government TDs have said they will not vote in favour of lowering the age at which candidates are eligible for election to the office of (...)

Sinéad O’Sullivan tutors second-year students in digital media literacy in Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is Wednesday afternoon in Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore. There is a man in reception talking about robots. He has one in his bag to show som(...)

‘Independent bookshops have a deep engagement with the culture of their city and country and they can reflect that in their stock.’ Maurice Earls of Books Upstairs on D’Olier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For anyone who is serious about reading, the local bookshop is a vital outlet for nourishing their love of literature. It is a place where they can(...)

Miranda July solicited friends to forward a selection of emails that they wrote and received to her, and she curated a themed compendium of these emails for subscribers, delivering them by email on a weekly basis. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

If the blank page is the visual metaphor for writer’s block, so the empty bedside table paints a picture of a condition just as morbid: reader’s block(...)

Ireland has a long history of literary censorship. With the establishment of the Free State in 1922, a Committee on Evil Literature was formed to t(...)

Aivis Kerans of Larkin Community College rehearsing for the students’ play, The Girl With No Name. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The corridors of Larkin Community College are emptying out for the day, but in one classroom a dozen students remain, standing in a circle, avoidin(...)

Connected: online book clubs and apps offer readers new ways to interact with each other and even with authors

My wife quite frequently belches right near the back of my head when she passes behind me. When I say to her, “Stop burping behind me all the time,” s(...)

Review: Bake!

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin ****Conceived and performed by Paul Curley, Bake! takes the familiar ritual of a birthday party and turns (...)

Acrobats Emily Aoibheann and Elaine McCague (above, with Peter Corboy)  enliven the visual element of the show. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Far Away From Me The Ark, Dublin ***   In Far Away From Me, writer and director Amy Conroy roams far from the bucolic landsca(...)