Belgium’s prime minister Elio Di Rupo (left) and Francophone Socialist party (PS) chairman Paul Magnette leave a meeting with King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium began the process of forming a new government yesterday as outgoing prime minister Elio Di Rupo resigned from cabinet and King Philippe met(...)

Behind bars: Harlan Coben. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Since publishing his debut, Play Dead, in 1990, Harlan Coben has alternated between writing standalone thrillers and novels in the Myron Bolitar serie(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

A detail from the cover of It’s The Stars Will Be Our Lamps by Alan Walsh

I was living in London when I started reading the old Irish stories again. I had gone there for work and had started missing home pretty hard. It’s a (...)

Built around 1830 as a summer residence for the Rev Percy Smyth of Headborough, Monatrae House has retained an atmosphere of sun and seaside ever sinc(...)

Steal away to write that novel
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  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

In 1998 Sue Booth-Forbes, an American teacher, writer and editor who had been running creative retreats on a voluntary basis in Boston, decided(...)