Robert Pinsky: “There is a very active vital life of poetry in the US, quite contrary to the stereotype that all Americans are vulgar yahoos who don’t care about art.” Photograph: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe/ Getty Images

The term “poet-in-residence” suggests a leisurely period of domicile: a year at a university, perhaps, or a season in some crumbling mansion by the(...)

Poet Sylvia Plath: her absence from the English paper in 2012 was ‘a black day for poetry students’.

21st anniversary of Mr WB Yeats going AWOL on my English paper 2. “Tread softly because you tread on my leaving cert” #neverforget @AodhanORior(...)

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt 6:47

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

David Butler’s latest novel City of Dis is published by New Island.

David Butler is the author of three novels: The Last European (Wynkin de Worde 2005); The Judas Kiss (New Island 2012); City of Dis (New Island 2014);(...)

Daniel Simpson as Ted Hughes in the play Doonregan

Think of the poet Ted Hughes, and what images come to mind? The English countryside and its wildlife, perhaps. The death from suicide of his wife S(...)

They’ve been pegged as foppish and twee in the past, but Belle & Sebastian’s ninth studio album will shake off those lazy descriptions onc(...)

Derek Landy: "I write in my office, on a Mac. I know writers who work in cafes and in hotels and on planes . . . I can’t do that. I have to be at home and I have to be alone."

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cujo, by Stephen King. I haven’t read it since I was a kid, but it terrified me. I was too yo(...)

More and more, trigger warnings are self-aggrandising hype, an author claiming a narrative power so sharp it might cut you. Photograph: Thinkstock

Reader beware: this article will offend you. Or maybe it won’t. But imagine if I tried to warn you anyway, with a spoiler alert? In recent years an(...)

Miriam Toews: spent 18 years in a small, Mennonite town in the middle of the Canadian prairies

Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer. She won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel, A Complicated Kindness, and the Rogers Writers’ Tru(...)

Manav Manoj: “What I’m most looking forward to is the World Cup. Me and my little brother will camp out in the TV room for the whole tournament, cheering for the Netherlands.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Well that was no fun at all. Not a big fan of Project Maths I have to admit. I’m a bit of a numbers man; I take physics and chemistry as well. I thi(...)