Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

Stage, script and screen: Nuala Goodman, Sharon Horgan, Ros Hubbard, Saoirse Ronan, Eavan Boland and Belinda McKeon

Saoirse Ronan Actor The success of Brooklyn, driven by Ronan’s beautiful performance, has elevated her to another level. She has emerged from the n(...)

Barry Johnston: ‘The principle of extending votes to overseas citizens becomes not one of “why should we?”, but “why in the name of God haven’t we done it yet?”’

My work as a civil servant and human rights campaigner both in Ireland and abroad has been of the political world, but not in it. Over the years, I’ve(...)

Winter Pages co-editor Kevin Barry, flanked by walking sticks carved from roots by Seanie Barron, one of six creatives interviewed about their craft, along with Lenny Abrahamson, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Tommy Tiernan and Blindboy Boatclub. Photographs: Sean Lynch/Matt Gidney/Cyril Byrne

It’s an exciting time for the literary/arts journal fan ...with Gorse, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and Banshee now being joined by Winter Pag(...)

’In many ways the Abbey has inadvertently provided a platform for a conversation that’s needed to happen for a very long time’ Belinda McKeon on The Women’s Podcast. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“One of my concerns with a programme like this is the message it’s giving, not just to the current generation of artists, but to emerging generatio(...)

Belinda McKeon in the Stag’s Head pub, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a recent essay, Belinda McKeon mused on the nature of the game writers are in, on what she called “the art of going the distance”. Towards the e(...)

Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

 John Banville: a shrug of the shoulders? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Oliver Otway Orme, the narrator of John Banville’s 16th novel, is a painter who has ceased to paint. “Ha! What I wrote down first, instead of painter,(...)

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(...)