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(...)

Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neil (left) with Roy Keane (right) watch the Irish players warm up with at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi. Photograph: Potts/PA Wire

Roy Keane and Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle are to embark on a road show in the UK and Ireland following the publication of Keane’s memoir c(...)

Roddy Doyle: “Twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up The Barrytown Trilogy, I’m delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is the official selection for the 2015 Dublin: One City, One Book Festival. The festival encourages people to read a b(...)

Léan, almost four years old, with her grandmother Eilís Dillon (right) and her aunt Máire, in 1978

This week I’m remembering my grandmother Eilís Dillon, who died 20 years ago, on July 19th. An author of novels, plays and essays, she is best know(...)

Writer Dermot Healy near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo.

The novelist, poet, playwright and short-story writer, Dermot Healy, who has died suddenly at the age of 66, was, according to Roddy Doyle, possibly t(...)

Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

Fighting Words: Stories Inspired by Visits to the National Gallery of Ireland is a collection of 10 stories devised and written by groups of primary school students after class outings to the National Gallery on Merrion Square

From exploding grannies to ninja ghosts to clerks who give up the day job and become professional thieves, a vast cast of characters tell their storie(...)