Not only does unrequited love fuel great art, it seems to enliven and energise those tormented by it. Above, WB Yeats and the object of his unwanted affections, Maud Gonne

Very few people, if they’re being honest, have not felt the glorious pain of unreturned love. Yearning is one of the most exquisite types of agony (...)

Raised By Wolves: Caroline Moran, Alexa Davies as Aretha, Helen Monks as Germaine and Caitlin Moran

Working-class teenage girls get a bad rap on British TV. In reality shows and dramas they tend to be portrayed as thick and hard faced, with designer (...)

Caitlin Moran . Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2011 Caitlin Moran wrote a book she described as targeting an open goal. No, not a treatise on sport – although, given the wealth of topics on whic(...)

Caitlin Moran: A modern, pop culture hero. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 3:43

Caitlin Moran Vicar Street, Dublin *****The tipping point for Caitlin Moran was There’s Something About Mary. Moran made a career as a fine music jour(...)

Caitlin Moran’s new book  How to Build a Girl is about the uncertainties experienced by girls growing up. 3:43

Caitlin Moran has described how the teenage protagonist of her new book How to Build a Girl is based on fellow writer Julie Burchill and is someone(...)

I spent a lot of my teenage years trying to get out of going to school. I had a repertoire of “tummy aches” and “splitting headaches” worthy of an Osc(...)

‘Every time we talk to teenage girls they say they don’t want to get involved in feminism because it’s too scary’: Vagenda’s Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Photograph: Alfie Hope

In the past three years, largely due to the internet and social media, feminism has had a shot in the arm. Journalist Caitlin Moran gave us How to Be (...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Sean Moncrieff: an accomplished radio performer who flirts with flippancy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He has a reputation as an erudite and informed chap, so it comes as something of a surprise to hear Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) suddenl(...)

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(...)