Rebecca Reid: Stephen King brought fiction to life for me. He creates unrealistic worlds and puts them in your reality. That is just mesmerising

Rebecca Reid is the author of Thickets Wood (published on May 1st by Liberties Press), a psychological thriller, the sequel to her self-published e(...)

Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

Now in its 28th year, Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature is one of the best arts festivals in Ireland. As well as an array of chil(...)