Colm Tóibín  won the 2009 Costa Book Award for  Brooklyn and has been shortlisted again for his latest novel, Nora Webster. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Colm Tóibín, first-time novelist Mary Costello and poet Colette Bryce have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2014, the only major prize re(...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

From Joe Wilson’s book ‘Into the Mountains: Images from the Twelve Bens’

Occasional Press was established by artists David Lilburn and Jim Savage with the aim of doing art-related publishing projects that particularly ap(...)

Photograph: Frank Miller

He bestrides the literary world, a writer who sparkles and sings in company, then goes home to one of his rather nice bases in Dublin, Wexford, Flo(...)

John Banville, ‘the Proust of Ireland’, pictured in Dublin in 2002. “His prose is very dense, and he goes out in a peculiar way; to observe people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is the dilemma of many an aspiring writer. If you want to write books and keep food on the table, it’s best to keep the day job.A character in Hadr(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Eric Clement

Sending a character on a journey has been a staple of fiction writers through the centuries. From Herman Melville’s Ishmael to Jane Austen’s Catherine(...)

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(...)