Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

I’m looking at a wall. Or at least, a painting of a wall. I’ve got about five different articles to write and many more emails to answer, but I’m look(...)

Evie Wyld

Thirty years ago, UK publisher Granta unleashed a state-of-the-literary nation list that attempted what Grand National experts do annually: to cull(...)

Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who has died aged 85, achieved her greatest fame late in life, and for work she had once dismissed as a hobby (...)