French author Patrick Modiano holds a press conference after being announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014, at the headquarters of his publishing house, Gallimard, in Paris, yesterday. Described  by the Swedish Academy as “a Marcel Proust of our time,” it said said the award was “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”. Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel prize for literature, writes about uncertain identities, pasts that have in some way gone missing, and the u(...)

Poet Micheal O’Sidheal at home at Trimleston Avenue, Booterstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

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

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Artist Sean Rafferty with an installion he created from stones saved by his grandfather and other local people from Rockingham House in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

When Rockingham House was destroyed by fire in 1957, Pat Flanagan briefly dreamed about buying it from the Stafford-King-Harman family. The Co Roscomm(...)

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Writer Dermot Healy near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo.

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Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

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Authors Willy Vlautin, Catherine O’Flynn and Paul Lynch convey a strong sense of place

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