Down and Out in Paris and London by George OrwellBewley’s Cafe Theatre***Phelim Drew’s adaptation and one-man performance of Orwell’s book sets itsel(...)

To Space, at the Science Gallery
10 days of the Tiger Dublin Fringe
  • Culture
  • September 10, 2014, 01:00

Thursday 11th Early bird: Bernarda’s House 6.15pm, Project; €15/€13; until Sept 13th A retelling of Spanish dramatist Lorca’s last play, performe(...)

Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

It is just after 8.30pm on a Tuesday, and Howard Jacobson is sitting at his desk in London, his computer still on, waiting to finish his working day. (...)

Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his digital virtual assistant Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) in the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Alls

‘It’s not just an OS. It’s a consciousness.” This blithe tagline from Spike Jonze’s movie Her, released last December, sets the context for how the in(...)

Samuel Beckett and James Joyce were the main focus of Irish interest in Sotheby’s auction of rare books and manuscripts in London on Tuesday. (...)

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates after winning their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The games define these tournaments and I’ll remember this one for some time – the Dutch defeat of Spain and Brazil’s enthralling yet slightly chaotic (...)

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (C) walks next to Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) and the supreme commander of the military General Tanasak Patimapragorn (R). Photograph: EPA/Chanat Katanyu

These are sour times for democracy in Asia. Photographs showed Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, supreme commander of Thailand’s armed forces, hugging Burma’(...)

‘Seamus Heaney suggested that if the American national myth is the frontier, the Irish national myth is the bog.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)

Sinan Antoon: longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

Sinan Antoon is author of The Corpse Washer (Yale University Press), translated from Arabic by the author and recently longlisted for the Independe(...)

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum
Putting war into words
  • Books
  • April 10, 2014, 09:36

“You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, g(...)