Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

THE BEST The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley (O’Brien Press, €16.99) A sports book, a history book, a thriller. Like a quietly determined geek wit(...)

 Nama has lodged  with Dublin City Council a €150 million redevelopment plan for the site, featuring offices, apartments and shops: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Boland’s Mills is an iconic site with huge historical resonance in the heart of a booming business and cultural district. Within a stone’s throw of(...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

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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(...)

Paul Kimmage began work on Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography only to past the work onto Mark English, who ghosted The Test. Photograph: Inpho.
The game of sports ghostwriting
  • Sport
  • November 1, 2014, 01:00

Hunter Davies published the authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968 and the football classic, The Glory Game. He’s also ghosted a few football boo(...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

Fighting Words: Roddy Doyle’s writing venture for the young will get proceeds from the compendium Beyond the Stars: Twelve Tales of Adventure, Magic and Wonder (HarperCollins, £12.99), compiled by Sarah Webb

There is a moment in David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder, £12.99) when Claire, the novel’s narrator, describes how she and her classmates regu(...)

Writer Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane pose for photographs at the Aviva Stadium with their book, Roy Keane The Second Half. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Roy Keane’s second autobiography has lived up to its publisher’s great expectations, selling 10,742 copies in Irish bookstores in the first three days(...)