“I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

The statue of Patrick Kavanagh on the canal near Baggot Street bridge. The poet’s A Christmas Childhood is among the 10 poems shortlisted in search for  Ireland’s best loved poems of the past 100 years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Patrick Kavanagh’s timeless A Christmas Childhood, William Butler Yeats’s Easter 1916 and Paul Durcan’s Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin have be(...)

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(...)

A year-long celebration of the life and works of the poet WB Yeats gets underway this evening with a poetry reading in Sligo’s oldest bar.  Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress.

A year-long celebration of the life and works of the poet WB Yeats gets underway this evening with a poetry reading in Sligo’s oldest bar. Senator Sus(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

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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(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina listen as Theo Dorgan recites his poem, Waystation, which is part of the Letterfrack Poetry Trail which the President opened. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

in Letterfrack President Michael D Higgins has warned against any attempt to “erase the past” when taking positive initiatives.Speaking in Letterfrack(...)

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(...)