Gardai surround former minister for justice Alan Shatter’s car which was blocked from entering the gates of Leinster House by protesters on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has promised a review into events outside Leinster House this week in which one female garda was injured an a (...)

The anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to discuss the policing of the demonstration.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to answer questions about policing outside Leinster(...)

Derek Landy: “Having completely indulged myself whilst writing Skulduggery Pleasant, I needed my new series to be as frenetic, as frightening, and as fun. I am having an indecently splendid time writing about Amber and Milo and the 1970 Dodge Charger they drive (that may or may not have a murderous mind of its own). I am excited that our six-month publishing schedule means that the books will be moving almost as fast as the car itself, as we get them into the hands of our voracious readers.”   Photograph: Alan Betson

Derek Landy, bestselling author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series for young adults, has signed a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books for a ne(...)

Sarah Webb, Roddy Doyle, Emma Brade and Niamh Sharkey at the launch of Beyond the Stars
The story behind Beyond the Stars
  • Books
  • October 14, 2014, 01:16

Beyond the Stars is unique. It’s a collection of 12 short stories for children, written by some of the most acclaimed Irish children’s writers – curre(...)

I never really considered there being a time in my life when I would be running through the streets of Dublin, screaming at the top of my lungs whilst(...)

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(...)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: ‘Can you improve upon something as highly evolved and well-suited to its task as the book? And if so, how?’ Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

In a garage outside Seattle 20 years ago this summer a one-time Wall Street trader called Jeff Bezos made a decision that would change the retail w(...)

John O’Shea’s favourite childhood book was Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. “I loved the story about a young fox protecting his family from the three evil farmers Bean, Boggis and Bunce.” Photograph: Nigel Roddis / Reuters

Getting booked isn’t usually a good thing in football, but a number of top soccer players, including John O’Shea and Joey O’Brien, have taken one f(...)

Nominated: Derek Landy, speaking to pupils in Rush, Co Dublin, as part of the Writers in Libraries scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

The winners of this year’s Children’s Books Ireland awards will be announced on May 13th. From the 70 or so books submitted by their publishers, th(...)

Calamitous: a scene from Stalingrad, about the Nazi onslaught on the Russian city in 1942-43, the subject of Nicola Pierce’s City of Fate. Photograph: Non-stop Production

If all the books that constitute Irish children’s literature were to be classified thematically it would soon become obvious that a very sizabl(...)