BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

Happy ever after: Dustin Hoffman as Mr Hoppy and Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

There’s an uneasy moment in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, Thursday) when Dustin Hoffman appears and you’re afraid that for the next 90 minutes you (...)

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(...)

David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

Author Dwayne Alexander Smith. Photograph: Gordon Chou

Dwayne Alexander Smith is a screenwriter and author living in Los Angeles. Forty Acres is his first novel. What was the first book to make an i(...)

Author Darragh McKeon. Photograph: anaphoto.net

Darragh McKeon has worked as a director with theatre companies such as Rough Magic in Dublin, the Royal Court and Young Vic in London, and Steppenw(...)

Alice McLoughlin and her father on Lecanvey Beach, Co Mayo

This photograph was taken in the 1980s on Lecanvey Beach in Co Mayo, a place that remains a regular haunt for our family. I’m 30 now but I must be abo(...)

Rob Doyle: “I’m grateful to the authors of shorter books, because my concentration is shot from the internet and all the coffee”

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin, and holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His (...)

It may be an accident, but this neat, horrible, very enjoyable mid-budget thriller looks to have an antecedent in Roald Dahl’s 1948 story Man from the(...)