Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

Director Lenny Abrahamson, actresses Joan Allen and Brie Larson, author/screenwriter Emma Donoghue and actor Jacob Tremblay  attend the Room press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Mike Windle/Getty Images

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue, has been awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Inte(...)

The subject tells the story:  the American writer Robert Drake in Where I Am, on RTÉ, about the 1999 attack, in his adopted home of Sligo, that left him with brain injuries

As mottos go, “get better or get bitter” is a good one. Robert Drake says that choosing the former has made all the difference, although the Americ(...)

Robert Pinsky: “There is a very active vital life of poetry in the US, quite contrary to the stereotype that all Americans are vulgar yahoos who don’t care about art.” Photograph: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe/ Getty Images

The term “poet-in-residence” suggests a leisurely period of domicile: a year at a university, perhaps, or a season in some crumbling mansion by the(...)

Mel Mercier: ‘A wonderful thing about gamelan music is it’s quintessential ensemble music’

The gamelan, a collection of traditional Javanese percussive instruments, has been skirting the periphery of our musical landscape for more than tw(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Pailin, Cambodia, which was run by the Khmer Rouge until just eight years ago and is the setting for Lawrence Osborne’s new novel, Hunters in the Dark. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images

It was probably only a matter of time before professional traveller Lawrence Osborne set a book in Cambodia. Although the events of his novel The F(...)

On Friday, Ireland stopped being afraid of itself. The No campaign was all about fear — the fear that change could have only one vehicle (the handcart) and one destination (hell). And this time, it didn’t work. 0:37

The overwhelming victory for the Yes side in the marriage equality referendum is not as good as it looks. It’s much better. It looks extrao(...)

Author Colm Tóibín:  The ‘Washington Post’ features a piece by him on  Ireland’s growing tolerance towards LGBT issues. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Ireland’s seminal vote on same-sex marriage has ignited interest from the international media.An article in Saturday’s Washington Post says Ireland h(...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)