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
  • Books
  • 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(...)

At Provost House, Trinity College, at the awarding of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature were Patricia Rooney, the winner Colin Barrett and former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was at least one happy Mayo man on the planet last night, even if he has listed football as one of his interests, “playing as well as watching.(...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

Sara Baume: born in Lancashire in 1984, she grew up in Co Cork, studied fine art at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and completed the MPhil in creative writing riting at Trinity College Dublin

The 2014 Davy Byrnes short story award, organised by the Stinging Fly in association with Dublin Unesco City of Literature, has been awarded to Sar(...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

Oona Frawley: nascent potential

In the past two years Irish writing has become a crowded, vibrant place. Stalwarts jostle for elbowroom alongside new voices, and these names –(...)

Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature will mark its 30th anniversary next year, and between now and then, all involved need to consid(...)

Colm Tóibín’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Wexford Castles: Environment, Settlement and Society by Billy Colfer (Cork University Press) introduced and illustrated fascinating aspects of Wexf(...)

Colin Barrett: bends language to expose new angles

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuou(...)