From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

The Procession of Light picutred going down Grafton Street in Dublin as part of the New Year’s Festival tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley. 1:44

Nobody could accuse the organisers of Dublin’s New Year’s Festival of lacking ambition. The capital’s reputation as a party city did not tradit(...)

‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

A cellist stands in the midst of war and plays music to mourn the dead and defy the killers. A historic handshake between a former IRA leader and the (...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

John Berryman with Jack Ryan, owner of the Beggars Bush public house, c.1966/1967
100 years of John Berryman
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Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most original American poets of his generation. In the decade before he took his own life, in 1(...)

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

The five poets shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now award are, clockwise from top left,  Nick Laird, Conor O’Callaghan, Tara Bergin, Billy Ramsell and Sinéad Morrissey

There is a poem of sorts on the flyleaf of Nick Laird’s new poetry collection, Go Giants. “Poetry,” he writes, “they’re pretty sure you’re not wort(...)

Paul Muldoon: “My God, where’s the door?” Photograph: Dave Kotinsky/Getty

In a brilliant collection of prose pieces, The Outnumbered Poet, the late, much-missed Dennis O’Driscoll writes that he would have found it “embarrass(...)

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 (...)