Poet Julieann Campbell published her first solo collection, Milk Teeth, with Guildhall Press this year, and cites the enthusiastic literary scene in her home town of Derry as one of her key motivations

“Music’s sexy, dance is sexy. Not books.” The words are those of Paul Hippsley, managing editor of Guildhall Press. Last year the largest publi(...)

Border country: Lough Neagh is the backdrop to Anthony Quinn’s crime fiction; his anti-hero faces the legacy of the Troubles. Montage photographs: Design Pics/SICI/Perspectives/Getty and Peter Muhly/AFP

On the early-morning train to Belfast to meet Anthony Quinn, I fall asleep. Somewhere between Dundalk and Newry I wake up and find myself in a diff(...)

Dennis Lehane: his latest work, The Drop, bears his trademark imprint and has an incident-packed intensity, dialogue-driven narrative and sharply etched characters. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone were all very fine film adaptations of Dennis Lehane novels, so there’s a kind of inevitability to t(...)

Matthew Bateman is described as being 5’11”, of slim build with dirty fair hair and possibly wearing a ginger beard.

Police in Northern Ireland have confirmed the son of writer Colin Bateman has been found safe. Matthew Bateman (18) had been missing since last Frida(...)

Alex Higgins is to be the subject of Eoin McNamee’s next novel, Hurricane, supported by a £15,000 grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A musical about Lough Derg, a fiction based on the life of snooker star Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and a novel about a small-town weekly Northern(...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

Long drawn-out: Aidan Gillen and Leila Mimmack in the series Mayday, which was two episodes too long

Perhaps I have watched too many crime dramas, but any time a station radically changes its schedule to make room for a series, I suspect all is(...)