Robert Pinsky: “There is a very active vital life of poetry in the US, quite contrary to the stereotype that all Americans are vulgar yahoos who don’t care about art.” Photograph: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe/ Getty Images

The term “poet-in-residence” suggests a leisurely period of domicile: a year at a university, perhaps, or a season in some crumbling mansion by the(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

Alexis Stamatis: ‘There is a bunch of very important Greek authors, which will never be known abroad unless the Greek state stops treating the publishing industry as something useless.’ Photograph: alexistamatis2.blogspot.ie

Alexis Stamatis is a Greek novelist, poet and playwright. He is best known for his 2000 bestselling novel Bar Flaubert, which has been translated into(...)

Seamus Heaney pictured in 2004 at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

One of the most persistent themes in the outpouring of remembrances about the late Seamus Heaney has been his fidelity to his birthplace, the famil(...)

Valise of Memories
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  • July 25, 2014, 11:21

My mistress filled my valise with her vowels - the battered trunk that journeyed with me from the shadow of Slievenamon. Now she is dead. She(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Before the first English paper had even begun, students’ minds were already leaping ahead to the following day’s exam, and the all important questi(...)

Writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir with  sons Cúán (at back) and Finn at their home in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Q What’s the story behind the big deal?A I spent 18 months looking for the right agent until I met this fantastic Irish woman, Gráinne Fox, who was wo(...)