Saoirse Ronan (pictured above with Hozier): “I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence.”

Oscar-nominated Irish actor Saoirse Ronan stars in the video for Hozier’s new single, Cherry Wine, which highlights the issue of domestic violence. (...)

Patrick deWitt in Dublin: “I think of The Ginger Man as being one of my favourite books, and I read it at a young age. My father gave it to me. But in terms of influencing this book, I think I had in my mind The Onion Eaters.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dazzlingly original, darkly funny, striking and strange: such are the words critics have used to describe the novels of Patrick deWitt. His (...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

When you’re 10 years of age, Roald Dahl’s The Twits is hilarious, with the main eponymous characters serving as a note of caution to children who m(...)

Peter Swanson: ‘Goldfinger by Ian Fleming... was the first adult book I read. It was filled with sex and violence and it was a real page turner. I thought: Where can I get more books like this?’

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing (Faber & Faber, £14.99). His poems, st(...)

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(...)