Colin Barrett, last year’s winner of the  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015, says it is “the shortlist for which all short story writers surely dream of one day making”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Six books are in contention for this week’s 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. They are Refund by Karen E Bender (Counterpoint(...)

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(...)