The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

Pat McGrath: his Always Going Home is hugely enjoyable but seems unsuited to the programme

1 If you open your heart, do you get a bloody mess? The Theatre Machine Turns You On 4, a mini-festival of short works in progress, is an (...)

Ciarán Clark: ‘We all had the idea to make it into a proper library.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Capel Street in Dublin has a habit of throwing up surprises, and a new project there is attempting to revitalise a literary resource that had falle(...)

Alan Cumming: ‘I’m not one of those people who lets life go.’ Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In 2010, Alan Cumming was told by his estranged, cruel and ailing father, Alex, that he was not his son. It was the latest twist in their tortured (...)

Jonathan Meades: “A good chair is vital. I have a Canasta by Heron Parigi. It cost £800 16 years ago – it was worth it.” Photograph: BBC

Jonathan Meades is an author and broadcaster, specialising in food, architecture, and culture. His latest book, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, “a port(...)

US crime novelist Elmore Leonard known for his works Get Shorty and Out of Sight has died aged 87 at home.  Photograph: Vince Bucci/Getty Images

American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearl(...)

If American lives usually have no second acts, Tennessee Williams’s had dismal first and third acts and a splendid second act. He never stopped writin(...)