Tamed: Rebecca O’Mara as Isabella and Tom Canton as Heathcliff in the Gate’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights
Review: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights  Gate Theatre  *** It is a classic dilemma. Can you indulge the passion of those unbridled years, when a rough (...)

Kate Stanley Brennan and Tom Canton as Catherine and Heathcliff in rehearsal for Wuthering Heights. Photograph: Daragh McDonagh

They sweep in from the Yorkshire moors together, Catherine and Heathcliff, both a little exhausted and a little exhilarated, but seeming more at ea(...)

Michael Hordern in a BBC adaptation of MR James’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad

1. The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm One of the finest short novels in the German language, it has everything: ambition, passion, r(...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

JK Rowling

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) Published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s only novel tells the story of Esther Gre(...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

As a teacher I have never been fond of sublime questions. What is truth? What is literature? When I think of the latter question I content myself with(...)

American poet Sylvia Platt: question focused on intense emotions expressed in her poetry.

A sigh of relief cooled the air around Ireland today as the popular and elusive American poet Sylvia Plath appeared on yesterday’s higher level Englis(...)

It has taken me nearly 30 minutes to write this sentence, and it’s not even the sentence I was planning to write. I was halfway through (...)