Desire. Is any force in the world more powerful, more traumatising or more capable of making us act like psychopaths? It is the central theme of Be(...)

Sixty people turned out for the photo shoot supporting a Yes vote in front of the Freedom Tower in New York. Photograph: Snorri Sturluson

When I moved to New York four years ago, I was convinced the US would have marriage equality before Ireland. How fast things can change. If Ireland(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Impac shortlisted: Kevin Barry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last month, over a seven-day period, a flurry of lists appeared that, if nothing else, got people tutting, griping and generally talking about (...)

‘It is a bitch of a job,” Mike McCormack says cheerfully of the writing life. The Mayo man spent last weekend on a whistle-stop reading tour of the(...)