Michael Longley has been shortlisted for Canada’s Griffin Prize for The Stairwell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish poet on Griffin shortlist The Belfast poet Michael Longley is one of seven nominees shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Based (...)

Colin Barrett: “What took me by surprise about the collection as I was writing it ...was how a potential constraint—in the case of Young Skins, setting it all in the one place—was actually liberating. It was inspiring, and permitted me to come up with more and more material. I was worried that it might be limiting—that by sticking to one town I’d run out of things to say. Thankfully, the opposite ended up being true.”

Ahead of next Tuesday’s podcast with Young Skins author Colin Barrett, the climax of our coverage of the current reading choice of the Irish Times (...)

My town is nowhere you have been, but you know its ilk. A roundabout off a national road, an industrial estate, a five-screen Cineplex, a century o(...)

Colin Barrett: Young Skins is  full of the “usual things that transpire within the confines of any small town … misjudgments and violence, affairs and kindnesses, silences and eruptions ... I wanted these stories to be infused with: the pure combustibility of being alive”

Young Skins, the award-winning debut short story collection by Colin Barrett, is the new Irish Times Book Club reading choice.The collection has been (...)

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Colin Barrett: said his collection was full of the “usual things that transpire within the confines of any small town … misjudgments and violence, affairs and kindnesses, silences and eruptions”

Irish author Colin Barrett has won the 2014 Guardian first book award with his short story collection, Young Skins, crowning a remarkable year in whi(...)

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Richard Ford will give a free reading at Trinity College Dublin next week to mark the publication of his new book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, hosts a reading by award-winning author and Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, Richard Ford, to (...)

Sara Baume: “As loath as I am to accept the idea of having to fraternise in order to succeed, the reality for most of us attempting to pursue a career in the arts is that a stint of volunteering is a rite of passage”

The next time you attend an event at an arts festival, take a second look at the person who punches your ticket, who ushers you to your seat, who p(...)

The big name on the programme for this year’s Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-18) is the American author Richard Ford. Photograph: Frank Miller
Festivals, launches and awards
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  • September 11, 2014, 15:24

To celebrate Culture Night on September 19th, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar will host a series of pop-up readings in conjunction with the Big Smok(...)