Review: The Belle Bottoms

The Belle BottomsSmock Alley**For a fun night out, there’s nothing like a zingy musical comedy. And, alas, that’s the problem with The Belle Bottoms: (...)

Dún Laoghaire and its new library will be hosting this weekend’s Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival set the tone for the four-day event at its launch on August 27th, with controversial British novelist Martin Am(...)

Léan, almost four years old, with her grandmother Eilís Dillon (right) and her aunt Máire, in 1978

This week I’m remembering my grandmother Eilís Dillon, who died 20 years ago, on July 19th. An author of novels, plays and essays, she is best know(...)

Eircom is expected to take a dual listing in Dublin and London, with the bulk of the proceeds of the flotation used to reduce its €2.3 billion debt pile. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eircom is finalising plans to raise €1 billion in a September stock market listing that will value the operator at more than €3 billion. The telco,(...)

Students from Rutland National School, Dublin with Eoin Colfer, the new Laureate na Óg, who who will give his first public address as part of the conference. Photograph: maxwells

Probably the most significant event for adults interested in children’s books in the country, the 24th Children’s Books Ireland annual conference o(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

Nominated: Derek Landy, speaking to pupils in Rush, Co Dublin, as part of the Writers in Libraries scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

The winners of this year’s Children’s Books Ireland awards will be announced on May 13th. From the 70 or so books submitted by their publishers, th(...)

Calamitous: a scene from Stalingrad, about the Nazi onslaught on the Russian city in 1942-43, the subject of Nicola Pierce’s City of Fate. Photograph: Non-stop Production

If all the books that constitute Irish children’s literature were to be classified thematically it would soon become obvious that a very sizabl(...)

The Books That Define Ireland, by Tom Garvin and Bryan Fanning, looks at 30 classic Irish texts, from history and social issues to the fictional w(...)

Author Eoin Colfer, a former teacher, has sold more than 25 million Artemis Fowl books, translated into 44 languages around the globe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Crime pays – at least the fictional sort – for Ireland’s best-selling children’s author, Eoin Colfer. New figures show that accumulated profits at his(...)