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(...)

Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. What was your favourite book as a child? Treasure Island(...)

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(...)

Authors Willy Vlautin, Catherine O’Flynn and Paul Lynch convey a strong sense of place

The humidity of Faulkner’s south; the moors of Wuthering Heights; the leafy lanes of John McGahern’s novels. Reading a story with an ingrained sens(...)

‘I never read as much of James Joyce’s work as I pretended to, and one night in bed a woman caught me out.’ Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty

I was in a chip shop in Belmullet talking to a beautiful woman and it was almost midnight. Apart from the two men with white hats behind the counte(...)

Whether it’s Miami, the Med or, eh, the banks of the Spree, what books should you pack to read your way into the heart of  your destination?

United States Stoner, John Williams (1965) Reissued in 2003 with an introduction from John McGahern, this forgotten classic relates the exp(...)

Winner: Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, which took nine years to find(...)

Enda Kenny inspects a guard of honour at the naming ceremony of the new Naval Service vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Naval Service ships have traditionally been named after mythological Irish figures – usually women (although Setanta and Ferdia also snuck in ov(...)

Fiach MacConghail: “This commemoration anxiety has been going on for a while, and will I believe end up in commemoration paralysis.” Photograph: Joe St Leger.

Government anxiety about how to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising is leading to “commemoration paralysis”, the director of the Abbey Theatr(...)

Emma Donoghue, Dermot Bolger, Liz Nugent and Karen Joy Fowler

A job scanning old regional newspapers (Niamh Boyce’s The Herbalist); a walk around a university campus with a child (Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Co(...)