Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

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“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines tha(...)

Indra’s Indigo, detail of a patchwork quilt by accomplished textile artist Janice Gunner

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” wrote John Keats in his Ode on a Grecian Urn. Mathematical theorems have an enduring truth, and the truly great on(...)

Forlorn . If ever word had in its sound an echo of its sense this is it. Onomatopoeia by the term used to describe such a word. It comes from the G(...)

It’s all chaos in the Abbie Cornish household. The Australian actor has been unable to make it across the Atlantic for promotional duties on Robocop –(...)

Crooked history: the Clonmacnoise crozier, from the 11th century. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

On the very rare days when it wasn’t raining and my father wasn’t working, he took us on long walks around Dublin Bay. On the somewhat more fre(...)