Colm Tóibín  won the 2009 Costa Book Award for  Brooklyn and has been shortlisted again for his latest novel, Nora Webster. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Colm Tóibín, first-time novelist Mary Costello and poet Colette Bryce have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2014, the only major prize re(...)

Mary Costello: the insights of her narrator delve deep into the human condition and  the bittersweet beauty of life.

Mary Costello’s first short-story collection, The China Factory, from 2012, marked her out as a fresh voice in Irish fiction, unafraid of difficult th(...)

Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it t(...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Oona Frawley: nascent potential

In the past two years Irish writing has become a crowded, vibrant place. Stalwarts jostle for elbowroom alongside new voices, and these names –(...)

Colin Barrett: bends language to expose new angles

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuou(...)

New habits: there are many ways, and places, in which to read an ebook. Photograph: Will Ireland/Future Publishing via Getty Images

I was a late convert to ebooks, seduced only by necessity: the birth of a child, which made the prospect of a backlit screen that I could manipulate s(...)

Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly literary magazine, at its office on St Andrew’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Every reader of international fiction will know the feeling. It descends like a mist: mysterious, slightly annoying but enticing. It’s the hunger that(...)

The Irish short story “has come alive again and is wriggling and it has about it all the demonic energy (and the undeniable immediacy) of a newborn in(...)