Winners Jane Clarke, Ríona Judge McCormack and Chris Connolly  at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards, in the RHA Gallery on Thursday,  April 28th, 2016. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Ríona Judge McCormack has been named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2016 at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards in Dublin. Judge McCormack’s shor(...)

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: “Nowadays, standards are different. There’s more acceptance of anything. Why should a story have to conform?”

Pseudonyms are not just for pseuds. They also allow established authors to publish detective stories without confusing the expectations of readers. J(...)

‘Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is the finest book on a very good shortlist.’

Misgivings aside about amalgamating two important literary prizes appear to have been silenced by the newly reconstituted award’s inaugural shortlist.(...)

International Dublin Literary Award: the 10 books on the shortlist

First the good news: the judging panel of the International Dublin Literary Award is to be congratulated on including in this year’s shortlist, which (...)

 Writer and actor Eilish O’Carroll at the launch of Caherlistrane with author Mary J Murphy. Photograph: Minette Glynn

Mam died shortly after Caherlistrane was launched in our eponymously named village in north Co Galway recently. A few days later the writer and actor (...)

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Four words in a newspaper review of a 400-page biography. That was all it took to send Gavin McCrea on the trail of Lizzie Burns, a cotton worker fro(...)

I’m not sure we learn anything from the arts – except that we need them more than ever. They are a way of knowing unlike all the others, a knowing th(...)

Anne Enright: the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, has previously won the Novel of the Year award in 2008 for The Gathering, which also won the Man Booker Prize

The Green Road by Anne Enright, a family saga that spans 25 years and three continents, has been chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year at(...)

Sara Baume, winner of the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story award, left,  with Redmond Doran of Davy Byrne’s and Anne Enright, a former winner of the €15,000 award . Both authors have been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Awards. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Anne Enright has been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award for The Green Road while Sara Baume has been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First (...)

Food is life. The madeleine memories it brings are involuntary, deep in your bones. Illustration: Irish Times Premedia

“When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes . . . ” You insist that they read this Seamus Heaney poem at your m(...)