David Mitchell: ‘I wanted to put a lot of things into my books  . . . gluing shorter novellas together was the only structure that lets me do that.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I am not a novelist,” says author David Mitchell, as he introduces the concept for his latest book, The Bone Clocks. “Basically I write novellas and (...)

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
  • Books
  • 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(...)

Dún Laoghaire and its new library will be hosting this weekend’s Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival set the tone for the four-day event at its launch on August 27th, with controversial British novelist Martin Am(...)

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for the first time. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for t(...)

The former British Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, who has died aged 86, played a small but important part in the history of his party by ac(...)

Novelist Martin Amis, who was in Dublin yesterday for a talk ahead of the Mountains to Sea dlr Books Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson

The most technologically efficient machine ever invented is the book but as the American novelist Joshua Ferris recently remarked, “If you’ve spent(...)

Jon McGregor, Evie Wyld and Donal Ryan

Earlier in this series, we discussed the idea of outlining, of sketching a rough trajectory for your story. Structure is a lynchpin for some writer(...)

Evie Wyld

Thirty years ago, UK publisher Granta unleashed a state-of-the-literary nation list that attempted what Grand National experts do annually: to cull(...)