Kevin Maher: makes music of expletives. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

In his debut novel, The Fields, Kevin Maher took us to the Ireland of the 1970s, and 13-year-old Jim Finnegan. It’s a classic first novel, an Irish(...)

GAA President Liam O’Neill with Home to Hurl players Kevin Maher, on his arrival home from Melbourne, and fellow members of the Gornahoe Glengoole hurling team in Tipperary who have also arrived home  for the charity match. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meet a GAA player who flies 10,000 miles across the world for a single game and you meet a spirit of determination. It is the lure of a winter’s match(...)

Impac shortlisted: Kevin Barry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last month, over a seven-day period, a flurry of lists appeared that, if nothing else, got people tutting, griping and generally talking about (...)