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A seductive menace has always shaped Deborah Levy’s elegant, intelligent and devastatingly realistic vision. Her reworking of her long poem, An Amorou(...)

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Ron Rash and Deborah Levy. Photographs: Emilia Krysztofiak, Ulf Andersen/Getty Images, Ben Pruchnie/Getty

(For the full how to write series click here) Last week’s article dealt with inspiration, but deciding on the right form for an idea may help f(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

When he wasn’t writing very short stories or novels about war, Ernest Hemingway also came up with pithy remarks about being an author. “There is nothi(...)

New chapter: Joanna Walsh’s bookmarks of feted women writers

‘I don’t love women writers enough to teach them. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real-g(...)

‘Let’s not panic just yet’: Anne Enright, who won the Booker in 2007 for ‘The Gathering’.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Outrage and the Man Booker Prize are the equivalent of gin and tonic, and of Christmas and panic-bought book tokens. Less than a week after this year’(...)

Egyptian author and activist Ahdaf Soueif: spoke with the insight as well as the experience of a seasoned liberal campaigner. Photograph: Tony McElhinney

The brine-laden air of Bantry may seem a far cry from Cairo, but rarely can a literary event have coincided so dramatically with a popular up-rising a(...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)

Deborah Levy: ‘In my teens I used to comb the bookshelves looking for ones that might have some sex in them. I took down Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls books and devoured them.’

When Deborah Levy arrives in the foyer of a London hotel, it’s hard to miss her. Wild blonde hair, red-lipped and wearing layers against the sn(...)