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The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

Michael Longley: the Belfast poet, who was Professor of Poetry for Ireland from 2007 to 2010, previously won the TS Eliot Prize in 2000 for The Weather in Japan, which also won the Hawthornden Prize and the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael Longley is one of 10 poets to have been shortlisted for the 2014 TS Eliot Prize, which was won last year by fellow Northern poet Sinéad Mor(...)

Home-from-home-land: Michael Longley. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael Longley’s readers will love the lyrical annotations of wild places and the quick articulate raids on the classics of his new collection, Th(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Sinéad Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate.

Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey has won the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection Parallax.Chosen from a shortlist of 10, the Be(...)

Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

It’s complicated: ‘It would be a lovely thing, just forgetting for a minute Britishness or Irishness and just being proud to be Northern Irish,’  says Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

As a young boy, the Belfast pianist Barry Douglas regularly came face to face with the bewildering issue of identity. He recalls instances in south Be(...)

Inspiration for a poet: the otter, or Lutra lutra. Illustration: Michael Viney

Two big spring tides, one higher than the other, have left separate skirts of seaweed at the bottom of the boreen. Safely beyond this slippery alliter(...)