Dave Rudden: “The darkness in fiction doesn’t tell kids there’s darkness because they already know there is.”Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When I meet Dave Rudden, he has just minutes beforehand been handed a copy of his debut novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, for the first time. It’s (...)

Sean Moncrieff pulls off the seemingly impossible by hosting political slots that are entertaining and even enlightening. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The polls have finally closed, giving the pundits who have spent weeks dispensing expert predictions and informed speculation something concrete to a(...)

Anne Enright: the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, has previously won the Novel of the Year award in 2008 for The Gathering, which also won the Man Booker Prize

The Green Road by Anne Enright, a family saga that spans 25 years and three continents, has been chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year at(...)

A Dublin Fairytale: a troll on the Ha’penny Bridge in Nicola Colton’s picture book

With its simple but quirky illustrations, this year’s treat for young Dubliners is, unquestionably, illustrator Nicola Colton’s first picture book,(...)

Best selling author Eoin Colfer will write the next Iron Man novel due to be released in autumn 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Best-selling Irish author Eoin Colfer, internationally recognised for his Artemis Fowl series, is set to team up with Marvel to write the next Iron Ma(...)

Illustration by PJ Lynch from his book The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune

A dragon is flaring his nostrils at me. A demonic little boy glares gleefully from the front carriage of a ghost train. A young man stretches his a(...)

For just under 30 years PJ Lynch has been winning national and international acclaim for the illustrations he has provided for a wide range of childre(...)

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Vince Power: fight to save the KPH is ‘what gets me out of the house in the morning’

It’s good to see that Vince Power, the chippy Waterford-born impresario who founded the Mean Fiddler group, has lost little of his grit, even if he ha(...)