German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

Ruth O’Farrell married her girlfriend Olena Ripnick in New York in May 2013.

I never thought the day would come when Ireland would embrace me as a whole person. When the part of me that I was most ashamed of would be celebra(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

Photograph: Viktor Gårdsäter

It can’t be particularly easy for a man to step on a hamster, unless of course the hamster happens to be ill or unusually slow. In The Winter War no d(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The physical book may well be under threat from the digital revolution, but a growing number of crime writers have decided that books are more dangero(...)

‘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 (...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

The White Birds or Angry Birds?: WB Yeats. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

A professor this week suggested that, such was his interest in the new medium of radio in the 1930s that, were WB Yeats alive today, “he would be all (...)

Ben Marcus chuckles darkly at the notion that his most recent novel, The Flame Alphabet , wa(...)