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(...)

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(...)

Long regarded as of one Britain’s major literary figures, Edward Morgan Forster wrote six novels, including Howard(...)

President Hillery paddles his way across the lake after  officially opening the Salmon Leap Canoe Club’s new clubhouse at Leixlip, Co Kildare, in May 1983. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

The advice of the attorney general’s office was sought in 1983 over whether Magill had committed a “criminal libel” through a humorous article lampoon(...)

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SCENE IThe AnnunciationA young woman called Mary, living in a ghost estate somewhere in the midlands, is up late trying to watch as many episodes of T(...)

James Hickey, Irish Film Board chief executive, who presented an overview of the film industry in Ireland this year and an outlook for 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish film, television and animation industry is on course for a record year generating €168 million worth of activity, Irish Film Board has said.(...)

Ripper Street, shot in Dublin and starring Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, was one of the biggest revenue generators for the Irish film industry in 2013.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish film, television and animation industry is on course for a record year generating €168 million worth of activity.The figure is an 18 per cen(...)

Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

Singer Paul Simon reads a poem during a tribute to Seamus Heaney at Cooper Union in New York City on Monday evening. Photograph: Michael Nagle

For Paul Simon it was 50 ways to read a poem as one of America’s greatest songwriters practised verses by one of Ireland’s greatest poets for a Seamus(...)

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial service to the late poet Seamus Heaney in New York last night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The crowd spilled out into the aisles of Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City to hear 20 American and Irish writers read the words of Seamus He(...)