Michael Longley has been shortlisted for Canada’s Griffin Prize for The Stairwell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish poet on Griffin shortlist The Belfast poet Michael Longley is one of seven nominees shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Based (...)

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As with all good comebacks, Frank Bascombe was never supposed to return. Since his first appearance, in The Sportswriter, Richard Ford’s 1986 novel, t(...)

Hurricane Sandy: the most prevailing smell in the book is of the materials that householders use to repair damage. Photograph: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty

The incomparable Mississippian Richard Ford is a great writer, no question about that. More importantly, he is a great American writer. Throughout his(...)

Richard Ford will give a free reading at Trinity College Dublin next week to mark the publication of his new book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, hosts a reading by award-winning author and Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, Richard Ford, to (...)

 Kilkenny captain Lester Ryan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the All-Ireland hurling final replay win over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ken Dryden’s The Game is one of the great sports autobiographies of all time. Dryden was goalkeeper for the Montreal Canadiens, a team that dominated (...)

The big name on the programme for this year’s Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-18) is the American author Richard Ford. Photograph: Frank Miller
Festivals, launches and awards
  • Books
  • September 11, 2014, 15:24

To celebrate Culture Night on September 19th, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar will host a series of pop-up readings in conjunction with the Big Smok(...)

The Tote Mobile Betting Handicap underway on the sand at Laytown, Co Meath. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Seamster impresses at Laytown
  • Racing
  • September 4, 2014, 18:40

Trainer Richard Ford enjoyed an afternoon to remember as his British raider Seamster claimed victory on the beach at Laytown in glorious sunshine.Seam(...)

Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. What was your favourite book as a child? Treasure Island(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Before the first English paper had even begun, students’ minds were already leaping ahead to the following day’s exam, and the all important questi(...)

American author and literary critic Edmund White  in Paris. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

The title should make admirers of Edmund White smile. Paris may well be White’s pearl, but he in fact is the real pearl, moving around inside an aloof(...)