Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)

Jon McGregor: winner of the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award, he just been named by The Guardian as one of the “top 10 writers to see live”, so now is your chance!  Photograph: Alan Betson

Impac awardwinning author Jon McGregor is participating in Dublin’s annual European Literature Night, on Thursday, May 15th, at 6.30pm, in the Read(...)

The panel of judges for this year’s £30,000 Baileys Prize, and the six shortlisted titles: from left, Denise Mina, Sophie Raworth, Helen Fraser,  Mary Beard and Caitlin Moran

First-time Irish authors Audrey Magee (The Undertaking) and Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) have been shortlisted for this year’s Ba(...)

Audrey Magee at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Audrey Magee’s impressive debut novel begins with a very unromantic wedding. It’s 1941 on the Eastern Front, and a young German soldier called (...)

Audrey Magee at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin: ‘As long as you keep pigeon-holing, you’re getting nowhere.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it daring for an Irish writer to attempt the story of an ordinary German couple during the second World War? It’s a question former journali(...)

The Perm State Ballet production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘a rare privilege’
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Patrick Freyne Arts writer What were your highlights of the year? The beauty of Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s great comedy series, Th(...)