Tipperary-born Donal Ryan was one of 12 writers awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair for his novel, The Spinning Heart. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s literary and cultural achievements were recognised by two separate EU bodies in London and The Hague on Tuesday as writer Donal Ryan and the(...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

Christmas for me usually starts . . . quite late – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! My husband is more organised and takes care of anything that need(...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it t(...)

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

Author Salman Rushdie, who was guest speaker at this year’s Dalkey Book Festival, at Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey yesterday. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

“That was really deep,” a member of the audience said, emerging into the blazing sunshine after a discussion between literary heavyweights Amos Oz (...)

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(...)