Rare first World War leather horse mask, €900-€1,400 at Mealy’s

War Horse, the title of a Steven Spielberg film and a West End musical based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, reminded 21st-century aud(...)

“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”  Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Fanimal fiction
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  • April 7, 2014, 01:00

“Four legs good, two legs bad.” Animal Farm, George Orwell “Quoth the Raven, `Nevermore'.” The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe “Love the ani(...)

Cpt Stewart (Gavin Swift)  during rehearsals of War Horse. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Review: War Horse

War Horse Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin *** Just watching him at rest is a pleasure. To see Joey’s chest rise and dip almost imperce(...)

Larger than life: puppeteers Jack Parker, Stuart Angel and Mikey Brett with ‘Joey’ the equine puppet from War Horse. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:45

Resignation; the merest gesture of resignation made by a cavalry horse bowing its head and submitting to being harnessed to a wagon, which is h(...)

Jeremy Irvine (centre) in The Railway Man. “I was 17 and being rebellious. I wanted to piss off my parents. So I tried to join the army. I tried lying about my diabetes first”
War baby

For most actors, news of their big break remains a misty memory. But Jeremy Irvine, irritatingly handsome English dreamboat, has the whole thing on ta(...)

Wicked winners 2012: Michael Morpurgo (front) with members of the  cast and finalists at last year’s Wicked Young Writers’ Awards

The first book that the award-winning writer and former British children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo put his name to was Children’s Words, a compendiu(...)