Looking across a bridge towards the rocky ridge of the Cuillin mountains from Sligachan, the Isle of Skye. Photograph: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
On a high in the Isle of Skye

Island envy is a likely side effect of visiting the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides. Our own islands of Aran, To(...)

Alison Weir: ‘I hope that with the ending of the recession things will improve for publishers. After all, people will always want to read books.’

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include several works of non-fiction – Britain’s Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Childre(...)

Queen Elizabeth II released the statement this evening  as the nation digests the historic No vote in the Scottish referendum. Photograph: Michael Schofield/The Sun/PA Wire

The queen of England has delivered a message of reconciliation in the wake of the Scottish referendum, urging people to unite in their “enduring love (...)

Participants Brendan Halpin as Sir George Carew (original fort builder) and Melissa Shiels as Queen Elizabeth pictured with visitor Gerry Crowley before a ceremony marking the official hand over Elizabeth Fort, Cork city by the OPW to Cork City Council. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A 400-year-old fort in Cork can become “the jewel in the crown” of the city’s developing tourism industry, Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy said y(...)

Obituary: Robert Welch
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  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

Robert Anthony Welch, who has died aged 65, was an academic, writer and critic. He produced a wide range of publications – poems, plays and nov(...)