Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s Easter Monday, and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations, although like a good little pedant, I’m saving marking the occasion properly until(...)

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play footba(...)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, in a  courthouse in her hometown. File photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

This time last year news editors and literary journalists were intent on sourcing advance copies of the rejected first novel from which Harper Lee sha(...)

Author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, in her father’s law office while visiting her home town of Monroeville, Alabama. Photograph:  Donald Uhrbrock//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Seven facts about Harper Lee
  • Books
  • February 19, 2016, 17:50

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird became one of the most beloved books in US literary history. Here are seven facts about Lee, who died at the age o(...)

Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Harper Lee, who died on Friday aged 89, in the local courthouse of her home town,  Monroeville, Alabama, in 1961. Photograph: Donald Uhrbrock//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Harper Lee, whose first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 10 million copies and became one(...)

 Hodges Figgis manager Tony Hayes having an early look at Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman’, which goes on sale after midnight on Tuesday, July 14th. Many bookshops around the world country stayed open all night to allow devoted  fans  to get their hands on the  much-anticipated book from the author of To Kill A Mockingbird. Photograph: Photocall/

A young woman is returning home to Maycomb, Alabama, from New York. It is her fifth annual trip. This time she is travelling by train, instead of by a(...)

Gregory Peck  as attorney Atticus Finch in a scene from the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird. While the trial is pivotal to the book, Go Set a Watchman is more about the grown Scout, now Jean Louise and her coming to terms with her world and also what she perceives as her father’s racism. Photograph: AP Photo

1. It is a complete manuscript. It was first submitted in 1957and is very much of its time. 2. The third-person narrative voice is awkwardly handled. (...)

Shambaugh House, where many International Writing Programme events take place. Photograph courtesy IWP

There’s a lot of idle chatter about writers and their terror of the blank page, but for many of us the real enemy is too much clutter. How can (...)

Nic Greenshields as Jud Fry and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim. Photograph: Pamela Raith

Oklahoma!, with its stirring music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is full of memorable lines. There’s the “Oh what a beautiful morning”, “the corn is (...)

 Harper Lee will publish her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, 60 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Photograph: Getty

There is something alluring about perfection; it is so rare that most people would understand the feeling of wanting to keep it that way. An initial r(...)