Colin Barrett, last year’s winner of the  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015, says it is “the shortlist for which all short story writers surely dream of one day making”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Six books are in contention for this week’s 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. They are Refund by Karen E Bender (Counterpoint(...)

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

 Charles Haughey: “wanted to get in on the action”. Photograph: Colman Doyle

Fianna Fáil had a formidable (and, at times, notorious) fundraising operation since Taca was set up in the 1960s. Most of the funds it raised were in (...)

Coliemore Road winds out of Dalkey village, dipping down to the pretty harbour, before finishing up at Sorrento Terrace. With views across the sea (...)

 Edna O’Brien: writes fiercely about subjects that shock and torment us.  Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

The only good thing that happened to me in 1990 was reading The Country Girls. I was 14, miserable at the Gaeltacht and in dire need of a brush wit(...)

Declan Meade: “Edna O’Brien has given me more hours of reading pleasure than any other Irish writer”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(Visit our Women Writers microsite here) Edna O’Brien has given me more hours of reading pleasure than any other Irish writer. I started readin(...)

John Freeman, who has died aged 99, was in turn an advertising copywriter, an army major and war hero, a Labour politician and minister, an incisive t(...)

Edna O’Brien was born in Scariff, Co Clare, but came to Dublin to work in a chemist’s. She met and married Ernest Gebler, and they lived for a while i(...)

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(...)