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 Irish winners. The award that has achieved so m(...)

Catherine Conroy writing in her yard, with bunting and bells for company

I am sitting in the garden, reading and working on college assignments. I look up to see my dad standing at the back door, looking unconvinced. I s(...)

Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature will mark its 30th anniversary next year, and between now and then, all involved need to consid(...)

Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins photographed at an Spiddéal. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Tributes were paid to the work of Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins in her native city yesterday when a bronze casting of one of her poems was unvei(...)

It seems we are a very severely divided nation. This should not come as any enormous surprise. Each week we read of red-faced property developers eati(...)

Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES
New faces of 2013

Helen McEnteeThe tragic circumstances in which 26-year-old Helen McEntee ran in a byelection after the death of her father last year would be enough t(...)

Breaking Bad

Acornucopia of cultural riches this year left us reaching for superlatives. Everything from Breaking Bad on television to Daft Punk in music, Gone Gir(...)

Eleanor Catton capitalised on two irresistible elements: humour and the traditional yarn. Photograph: Man Booker

Traditional storytelling, admittedly ably assisted by sufficient shaggy dogs to power a giant sled, has secured the 2013 Man Booker Prize for the y(...)

Colm Tóibín with fellow Booker short-listees. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Canadian-born New Zealander, Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for 2013 with her second novel, The Luminaries.The entertaining human comed(...)

Latest prices: contenders for this month’s prizes. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Odds from William Hill and Paddy Power on October 3rd. Original photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A pony on the nose for Colm Tóibín and a monkey on the jolly for the Mercury. The big rise in culture betting may not have arty types cluttering up bo(...)