Patrick Ness: “Chaos Walking” series ran over six books, and won major awards, including the prestigious Guardian Children’s Book Prize. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

On September 3rd, the death of Aylan Kurdi made global headlines. The boy’s family had been attempting to flee their war-torn homeland, and the pho(...)

Speak by Laure Halse Anderson paved the way for other books where rape wasn’t just something that happened to a supporting character as a cautionary tale: its most obvious successor in the US is Courtney Summers’s All The Rage. Christa Desir’s Fault Line  explores the frustrations of a teenage boy whose  girlfriend is gang-raped and who responds in a way he doesn’t quite understand

A disclaimer, first: I adore Louise O’Neill, as both a person and a writer – she is kind and funny and smart alongside having tremendous skill and (...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Tralala in the 1989 film adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn, written in 1964 by Hubert Selby Jr

Tropic of Cancer (1934), Henry Miller Written during Miller’s nomadic period in Paris, Tropic of Cancer was banned on publication in the US and(...)

‘As sexual beings with adult content literally at our fingertips, surely it’s time to fess up?’ Photograph: Ed Hidden via Getty Images

The internet is useful for a great many things, from watching videos of dancing penguins to finding out what Dickens character you are. And amid th(...)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Louise O’Neill was asked by a number of editors to change the ending of her dystopian novel Only Ever Yours and to make her main character “spunkier” (“the Katniss effect”)

Having been called a "swot" by certain fellow Young Adult writers for scribbling notes throughout the Going Too Far? YA discussion panel at the eve(...)

It has taken me nearly 30 minutes to write this sentence, and it’s not even the sentence I was planning to write. I was halfway through (...)