Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: “Nowadays, standards are different. There’s more acceptance of anything. Why should a story have to conform?”

Pseudonyms are not just for pseuds. They also allow established authors to publish detective stories without confusing the expectations of readers. J(...)

“This is unbelievable,” said an emotional Brendan Fay, the co-founder of the group, the Lavender & Green Alliance (marching above), who fought for 25 years for the parade to be opened up to gay groups. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

The first Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 255-year-old St Patrick’s Day parade walked proudly up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with mayor Bill(...)

President Barack Obama consults with director of speechwriting Cody Keenan and senior presidential speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office

Sitting at his desk in front of a striking photograph he took at the Cliffs of Moher on a trip to Ireland last summer, Cody Keenan is hard at work wr(...)

A file photograph of gay activists displaying signs along the St Patrick’s Day parade route in New York in protest at being excluded from the annual event. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s Day parade and has agreed to march this year after organi(...)

Colum McCann: I feel like I have a dozen jobs but they all are pulled magnetically towards the one that truly matters. All these jobs and pastimes funnel, eventually, towards the thing that keeps me going: the act and art of storytelling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last month, I went to a talk at the Dublin Book Festival: Writing for Young Adults and Children – Eoin Colfer, John Connolly and Marie-Louise Fitzpat(...)

President Michael D Higgins is greeted by co-director of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre during his visit to mark 30 years anniversary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I was at a literary reading a few years ago when a man stood up and asked me why I had bothered to write a book about the “gypsies.” He spoke with the(...)

‘This generation has left a country that has learned to speak emotion.’

Once on a transatlantic flight, I was sitting behind two women, both Irish and both, like me, on the return journey from a visit back home to Ireland.(...)

Sex and sexuality are at the centre of Lauren Holmes’s witty debut collection, Barbara the Slut and Other People, a non-taxing read that uses humour a(...)

 Colum McCann: an honest writer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An old man falls on a snowy pavement in New York on a winter’s afternoon and dies. Did he fall or was he assaulted? The mother of an adopted son endur(...)

Victim impact: Colum McCann called for his attacker to  be spared prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Colum McCann is well known in Ireland as a storyteller. As a novelist he has re-created the stories of the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the highwi(...)