What I learned from art this year was that I want to make some of it. I went to singing weekends held in Northumberland by the folk band The Unthanks(...)

Patrick deWitt in Dublin: “I think of The Ginger Man as being one of my favourite books, and I read it at a young age. My father gave it to me. But in terms of influencing this book, I think I had in my mind The Onion Eaters.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dazzlingly original, darkly funny, striking and strange: such are the words critics have used to describe the novels of Patrick deWitt. His (...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Amanda Palmer on the streets of Dublin in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The ukulele may be the most offensive of non-instruments, but Amanda Palmer’s minimalist efforts do something towards reviving its credibility. Her op(...)

Josie Long: ‘Stand-up does feel a lot more pluralistic and interesting now’. Photograph: Giles Smith

‘This is definitely the most personal show I’ve written,” says Josie Long. She’s known as a comedian, activist, cartoonist and film-maker, given to(...)

Chris Hadfield, the former astronaut and YouTube star who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, will become one of the first authors to try and sell their books directly on Twitter. (Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube)

Do tweets sell books? It has long been a question for publishers and authors, who have started relying heavily on social media to promote books as the(...)

Emily Carroll is a 31-year-old graphic artist based in Ontario. Within a year of drawing her first comic strip, in 2010, she had caused an online stir(...)

Tori Amos: ‘I can’t snap my fingers and say: I’m going to write something great today. It doesn’t work that way – for me, anyway’

Say what you like about Tori Amos, but you can’t accuse her of coasting through life. She established herself as both a successful and diverse alterna(...)

Well, the Oscars managed to entertain the interwebs this week. Host Ellen DeGeneres set a new record for most retweeted photo ever with her cel(...)

The link between educational underachievement, social empowerment and drug crime is real and complex.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Author Neil Gaiman wrote recently about a lecture he attended organised by private prison operators in New York. In planning for future capacity needs(...)