Tom Paulin: seeks out ways to shock and disturb. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

A selected poems offers not just a useful way to gauge the continuities and changes in a poet’s work but also a different vantage point on the broa(...)

Joël Dicker: ‘It’s absolutely not a paedophile story. But I was afraid that maybe some publisher could see it as politically incorrect and turn down the book for this reason.’ Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a funny old business, book publishing. We’ve heard a lot of talk about how there’s no money and nobody has time to read more than two consecut(...)

William Hurt (left) as Arkady Renko in ‘Gorky Park’, Michael Apted’s film adaptation from 1983; the Moscow policeman returns in Martin Cruz Smith’s new novel, ‘Tatiana’

‘God knows the truth, but waits,” says one of the characters, quoting Tolstoy, in Martin Cruz Smith’s Tatiana (Simon &am(...)

Playwright Frank McGuinness:  ‘Is it surprising that in those classrooms poetry was drudgery, prose breaking stones?’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Remembering my schooldays in Donegal, in the fearful 1950s and 1960s, could I ever then believed I might one day see the words “imagination” an(...)

When did you start running and why? I was always running, from as far back as I can remember. When I started lapping my primary school classmates in P(...)