The duchess of Cornwall speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

THE OPENING LINES 1. “He should have seen it coming.” 2. “Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with(...)

John Banville, ‘the Proust of Ireland’, pictured in Dublin in 2002. “His prose is very dense, and he goes out in a peculiar way; to observe people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is the dilemma of many an aspiring writer. If you want to write books and keep food on the table, it’s best to keep the day job.A character in Hadr(...)

Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

The big name on the programme for this year’s Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-18) is the American author Richard Ford. Photograph: Frank Miller
Festivals, launches and awards
  • Books
  • September 11, 2014, 15:24

To celebrate Culture Night on September 19th, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar will host a series of pop-up readings in conjunction with the Big Smok(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen
10 great books by Irish women
  • Books
  • August 19, 2014, 17:30

  The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’(...)

Author Eimear McBride grew up in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo and Castlebar, Co Mayo before moving to the UK at the age of 17. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has collected a major award in women’s fiction for her debut novel A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing - which had sat on a shelf for nine ye(...)

Sara Baume: born in Lancashire in 1984, she grew up in Co Cork, studied fine art at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and completed the MPhil in creative writing riting at Trinity College Dublin

The 2014 Davy Byrnes short story award, organised by the Stinging Fly in association with Dublin Unesco City of Literature, has been awarded to Sar(...)

Winner: Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, which took nine years to find(...)

Eimear McBride: depicts in her own singular language a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as(...)

Eimear McBride, pictured in the grounds of Malahide Castle, wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing in just six months, but it took nine years to get it published. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride is one of three authors to have been shortlisted today for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the “most prestigious award for first-time noveli(...)