The power of great literature lies in its ability to reflect society. Writing about John McGahern, the American author John Updike called it “that (...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at the launch of Dubliners in April 2012 as Dublin’s One City, One Book choice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s celebrated short story collection, Dubliners, and a new Irish publisher (...)