Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly literary magazine, at its office on St Andrew’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Every reader of international fiction will know the feeling. It descends like a mist: mysterious, slightly annoying but enticing. It’s the hunger that(...)

Novelist Claire Kilroy, who will be  reading from her work at an event  today  hosted by the Irish ambassador to Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Tuesday evening, the lights dimmed across the courtyards of the 17th-century Irish college in Leuven near Brussels, as attention turned to the cl(...)