Photographs from Ciarán Óg Arnold’s book. He is an astute observer with an eye for telling detail, whether it be a solitary figure in the crowd whose expression suddenly gives the game away or revealing an otherwise disguised depth and sensitivity

On the face of it, Ciarán Óg Arnold’s I Went to the Worst of Bars Hoping to Get Killed, But All I Could Do Was to Get Drunk Again is an unlikely wi(...)

Ian O’Riordan with his signed album at the spot on Dublin’s Leeson Street where he met Dylan in 1995

The plan was to hang around the Point Depot for the afternoon and act like one of the roadies. There is no easy way of getting to Bob Dylan, only t(...)

Brian Conaghan’s advice to aspiring authors: “If you can’t handle oodles of rejections then best to pack it in now. Otherwise, stop talking about wanting to write that book of yours and just do it”

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He gained a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the Universit(...)

Adrian Dunbar and Pauline Hutton in the Lyric Theatre production of Brendan at the Chelsea. Photograph: Steffan Hill, hulton/getty

Adrian Dunbar’s favourite Brendan Behan anecdote involves Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Brian O’Nolan standing outside Neary’s pub in Dublin in the pour(...)