Poet Julieann Campbell published her first solo collection, Milk Teeth, with Guildhall Press this year, and cites the enthusiastic literary scene in her home town of Derry as one of her key motivations

“Music’s sexy, dance is sexy. Not books.” The words are those of Paul Hippsley, managing editor of Guildhall Press. Last year the largest publi(...)

Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda ****   As a writer and editor and not a curator p(...)

The Bimhuis in Amsterdam is frequently mentioned as the best example of what a jazz venue can be

This week, the Improvised Music Company, Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz, will stage a guerilla action in our National Theatre, commandeering th(...)

Plays and protests

Controversy and the Abbey Theatre seem to go hand-in-hand, as if there is in the DNA of our national theatre a button that triggers moments of notorie(...)

Thursday’s  Waking The Feminists event at the Abbey Theatre, which highlighted the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons 2:41

Thursday’s thrilling #WakingTheFeminists meeting at the Abbey Theatre may be a turning point in the fight for gender equality in the arts. But some(...)

The Abbey Theatre enjoyed its best profit since 2007 last year. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

“Nidge” last year helped the Abbey Theatre to record its most profitable year since 2007, with profits of €1 million. The theatre described last year’(...)

Chairwoman of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke issued a statement critical of the arts allocation the day after the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Arts Council and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys have a “mutually antagonistic” relationship, The Irish Times has learned. Relations are said (...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

George (Georgie) McCutcheon, who has died aged 57, was an early pioneer in opening the field of artistic expression to people with learning disabiliti(...)

In a fractious political environment, where audiences can fatigue of Troubles-related theatre and Stormont is once again in stasis, keeping schtum can sometimes seem like a deliberate move. Photograph:  Chris Carmichael/The New York Times

It all seemed harmless enough. A sparse stage with a cartoon desert backdrop was steadily becoming populated with handmade wooden contraptions: a fore(...)