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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(...)

Aoife Duffin in A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing  Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin ****   For anyone who has read Eimear McBride’s uncompromis(...)

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(...)

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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(...)

Playwright Tom Murphy (left) with artistic director Willie White and daughter Molly (2) at the launch of the programme for the Dublin Theatre Festival, which runs from September 25th to October 12th.  Photograph: Eric Luke

For the first time, the Dublin Theatre Festival will open with a production staged at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Ireland’s largest performance venu(...)

Author Eimear McBride. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Our How to Write a Book series is heading to Galway International Arts Festival. In the latest in our series of events to tie in with our How to Write(...)

Eimear McBride  celebrates winning the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: “Pulling the skin of English over the bones of Irish, with all the resultant linguistic wonders and peculiarities, is what we do best. So any diminishment of our complex and singular approach to language strikes at the very soul of Irishness itself.” Photograph:  Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

The tome that the publishers rejected has just become the cornerstone of pretty much every major literary prize going, and Eimear McBride, who last(...)

‘No one had wanted to give the book a chance.’ Eimear McBride at Malahide Castle. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride is sitting down. At first glance she appears calm, even serene. But a closer look suggests she may be feeling relieved. She agrees t(...)

Eimear McBride: depicts in her own singular language a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as(...)

Eimear McBride, pictured in the grounds of Malahide Castle, wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing in just six months, but it took nine years to get it published. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride is one of three authors to have been shortlisted today for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the “most prestigious award for first-time noveli(...)