Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

Téada: in concert this evening at the Hiroshima City Bunka

After writing about Japan’s cherry blossom season last week (Irishman’s Diary, Friday), I received an e-mail from a young Laois man named Paul (...)

Barbara Geraghty, Japanese lecturer at the University of Limerick.Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22

Monday Midway through the semester at the University of Limerick and good intentions of getting in early do not materialise. At 8.50am I(...)

Malala Yousafzai:  The 16-year-old is a favourite for the peace prize among experts and betting agencies. Photograph: Getty Images

A teenage Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban and a Japanese author who writes about alienation and a fractured modern world are tipped to win Nobe(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)