Photograph: Jimmy Fullam

‘There is in the short story at its most characteristic, something we don’t often find in the novel, an intense awareness of human loneliness.” The bi(...)

At Provost House, Trinity College, at the awarding of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature were Patricia Rooney, the winner Colin Barrett and former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was at least one happy Mayo man on the planet last night, even if he has listed football as one of his interests, “playing as well as watching.(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen
10 great books by Irish women
  • Books
  • August 19, 2014, 17:30

  The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’(...)

Caitlin Moran . Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2011 Caitlin Moran wrote a book she described as targeting an open goal. No, not a treatise on sport – although, given the wealth of topics on whic(...)

Illustration: v0lha via Getty Images

To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Author Nuala Ní Chonchuir. Photograph: Karen O’Neill

‘I hate people who remind me of myself. And Lillis reminds me so much of me that I could kill her.” The past is ever present in Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s T(...)

Edna O’Brien was reported to be “a bit stunned” to hear Drewsborough, near Tuamgraney village in east Clare,  had gone for auction, “as she had loved the place”.  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

The Property section of this newspaper recently reported that Edna O’Brien’s childhood home, in Co Clare, was withdrawn from auction after failing to (...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

Drewsborough House in Tuamgraney, Co Clare, where author Edna O’Brien grew up, will be sold by private treaty

It seems not even an international literary reputation can bridge the Dublin-rural property divide. The birthplace of Edna O’Brien in Co Clare was wit(...)

Holiday ereading: Kindles and other devices are easy to hold on the beach, to pack and to travel with. Photograph: Eyeswideopen/Getty

The sun is out, the cream is on, the laptop is locked and a new book lies waiting. This is the stuff that summer holidays are made of, but the reality(...)