Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Ron Rash and Deborah Levy. Photographs: Emilia Krysztofiak, Ulf Andersen/Getty Images, Ben Pruchnie/Getty

(For the full how to write series click here) Last week’s article dealt with inspiration, but deciding on the right form for an idea may help f(...)

Judith Schalansky: her novel has a beguiling intellectual quality that is extraordinarily German

Most people have a Frau Inge Lohmark lurking somewhere in their memory. Usually a particularly miserable teacher who took pride in never cracki(...)

New chapter: Joanna Walsh’s bookmarks of feted women writers

‘I don’t love women writers enough to teach them. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real-g(...)