Into the music: Van Morrison on stage  in 1973.  Photograph: Ed Caraeff/Getty Images

Van Morrison is one of music’s most influential artists, but he’s also one of its most inscrutable. In his most comprehensive interview ever, he offe(...)

 Hozier, whose Take Me to Church was the most played song last year in Ireland

It has felt easy, in these uneasy days, to stand in solidarity with freedom of expression, particularly the right to criticise religion, and still fee(...)

This chilling, austere essay on the work of Frantz Fanon, early pioneer of post-colonial studies, begins with a bracing introduction from academic (...)

The bisexual novelist and memoirist Violette Leduc was born in 1907, the illegitimate offspring of a maid and her employer. Ledoc’s education was i(...)

‘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 (...)

Libération journalists seized control of the newspaper on February 7th and published an edition the following day with the front page headline: “We are a newspaper.” Photograph:  Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images

For journalists, few things are as sad as witnessing the death of a newspaper. In recent years, the tabloid France(...)

Paul Chatenoud, who has died at the age of 73, was a much-loved French resident of Ardara in Donegal, owner/proprietor of The Green Gate (An Ge(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

I think I’ll start with Jimmy the plumber and take it from there. I should say that Jimmy the plumber is also Larry the electrician – he even has two (...)

 Colin Wilson

For a few months in the 1950s, Colin Wilson, who has died aged 82, was taken at his own valuation as “the major literary genius of our century”. The p(...)

Andre Schiffrin in France in April , 1999.

André Schiffrin, who has died in Paris aged 78, was a force in the American book world for more than 50 years. His passion for editorial independence (...)