Novelist Julian Gough reprises his early career as lead singer with Toasted Heretic, flanked by an early novel by Leonard Cohen and a forthcoming poetry collection from PJ Harvey

(...)) is a natural enough one. After all, like the novelist or playwright or poet, the songwriter is(...)

Riddick Bowe, the two-time world heavyweight champion, meets fans at in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, in New York. Photograph: Christopher Lee/The New York Times

(...) 1990s. He secured his place in boxing history in 1992, when he was 25, by beating the heavyweight(...)

“Our religious traditions are as fluid as the musical, linguistic, economic and political traditions of our community are.”

(...) before. Accepting natural and fabricated atrocities as manifestations of God’s will would not be a(...)

The Natural History Museum on Dublin’s Merrion Square. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Natural History Museum and National Gallery, lesser-known attractions like the Irish Traditional Music(...)

(...) natural rights of the human person (Austin Flannery p.731 No. 6). If there is a demand that parents who(...)

Joseph O’Connor with the 2012 Irish PEN Award for lifetime achievement: “Music soothes, heals, excites, consoles, reveals our better angels and binds up the wounds. It’s a difficult thing to write about, because music is itself. It doesn’t sound like anything else.” Photograph: Alan Betson

(...) has such an astounding musical and literary history. So, I guess 1980s London is sort of a character(...)

Andrew Hurley: In one of the most pivotal chapters of the novel – one that I enjoyed writing the most, in fact – Fr Wilfred understands that the Loney is utterly indifferent to him, to his flock, to human life in general. It becomes drained of its poetic, religious meaning and he sees it for the wild, feral place it is

(...) history being, of course, the 23 Chinese cockle pickers who were pincered by the tide and drowned in(...)

Jackie Collis Harvey, author of “RED: a complete history of the natural redhead.” redheadconvention(...)

Compiling a list  entitled The 100 best novels written in English  is not simply sticking your head over the literary parapet, it is running naked into no-man’s-land with a target painted on your chest and a kick-me sign pinned to your back

(...). Starting with The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan in 1678 and concluding with True History of the Kelly(...)

Nuala O’Connor: When I decided to write a dual narrative about Dickinson and her Irish maid, I deliberately didn’t use the most well-known of her real Irish maids – Maggie Maher – but a made-up cousin of Maggie’s called Ada Concannon, whose history would be mine to concoct

Concannon, whose history would be mine to concoct. When I decided to write a dual narrative about Dickinson(...)