Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

Brian Ballard Retrospective: Paintings 1964-2015 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin ****   Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943 (...)

Gerry Adams  led a delegation of language activists to the Arts Council in 1986. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

A senior Irish-language poet from west Belfast voiced doubts about the linguistic proficiency of an Irish-language deputation to the Northern Ireland (...)

Big Fight by Rita Duffy

From December 2002 to May 2003 the Ulster Museum held an exhibition of paintings by Basil Blackshaw. I visited it several times, inveigled by Black(...)

Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Ciaran Carson:  shortlisted for Forward Best Collection award

Three Irish poets have made the five-strong shortlist for the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Ciaran Carson has been shortlisted for From E(...)

Philip Hensher’s novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Photograph: Simon James/PA Wire

What was the first book to make an impression on you? The Wizard of Oz, and especially the very weird sequel The Marvelous Land of Oz, where th(...)

Michael Longley with Frank Ormsby and Ciaran Carson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The early and medieval Irish poets have long been identified as powerful social figures whose power resided in satire and in their role as the “mem(...)

Louis de Paor: A modernity of tone and subject comes across in the translations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Louis de Paor edited Innti, the nursery of new Irish poetry, at University College Cork in the 1980s, after which he spent time in Australia before re(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Sinéad Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate.

Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey has won the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection Parallax.Chosen from a shortlist of 10, the Be(...)

Sinéad Morrissey: “We cared about poverty, we cared about gay people, we were feminists”

Sinéad Morrissey has a piece of news that, the day we meet, is still subject to a media embargo and so is laced with the relish of a secret. She has b(...)