‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

Everything Between Us Project Arts Centre, Dublin ****It takes an especially brave writer, or perhaps a fairly reckless one, to alienate his audience (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? In a year of some huge achievements and high-profile premieres, such as the gathering force of Dru(...)

Nominee: Simon Callow, nominated for The Man Jesus, written by Matthew Hurt and directed by Joseph Alford for the Lyric Theatre. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images
An actor’s journey into character

The actor’s journey to inhabiting another character with their body can take some weird and wonderful detours. Some say it’s when they first pu(...)

Richard Clements and Ivan Little in Summertime. Photograph: Neil Harrison Photography
Summertime

SummertimeThe Mac, Belfast***Its title may hint of long, balmy days, but warm and fragrant this play is emphatically not. In David Ireland’s new play (...)