Rhys Barry (7) and Carey Barry (4), from Donaghmede: Google is now asking the public to vote for their favourite doodle. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which sees children submit their own hand-drawn versions of the Google homepage logo, is now open to a public (...)

Anton Savage started slightly nervously on his new show, but managed to make all the right noises by the end. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Anton Savage kicked off the imaginatively named Anton Savage Show on Today FM with the Van Morrison ditty Days Like This. Perfect. Irish. Classic. Lik(...)

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

Smithfield Square all a-glow

Forget the teddy bear’s picnic – today’s the day to head to Smithfield Square, as it’s transformed into a magical light garden for the Glow festiva(...)

Sarah Webb, Roddy Doyle, Emma Brade and Niamh Sharkey at the launch of Beyond the Stars
The story behind Beyond the Stars
  • Books
  • October 14, 2014, 01:16

Beyond the Stars is unique. It’s a collection of 12 short stories for children, written by some of the most acclaimed Irish children’s writers – curre(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

The Hugglewug way: Henry Hugglemonster

It is a busy month for Niamh Sharkey. Alongside her responsibilities as Laureate na nÓg, she this week opened an exhibition dedicated to picture-bo(...)

Clear and vivid prose: Deirdre Madden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Time, St Augustine remarked in his Confessions, is something we all understand – until we’re asked to explain it. The saint would likely be amused by (...)

Oliver Jeffers work (above) ‘combines wit, intelligence and extraordinary originality’

SARAH CROSSAN is the author of The Weight of Water and dystopian young adult series Breathe . When you were younger, was there a book that change(...)

Offset, the three-day creative conference with a focus on contemporary design in several un-pigeon-holed forms, brings two dozen buzzing minds (...)