‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act

How would you describe a poet going on tour around Ireland with a house band and a selection of guest artists from the worlds of literature and music?(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

Singer and composer Christine Tobin hooked up with Belfast poet Paul Muldoon at the Kilkenny Arts Festival a few years ago, and that one-off collabora(...)

Paul Simon at his office in New York – despite having just turned 75, his creative output is showing no signs of slowing. Photograph: NYT

The voice is slight yet unmistakable, but the mindset remains as firm, if not steely, as it has always been. Paul Simon recently celebrated his 75th (...)

Major voice in Irish poetry: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Photograph courtesy of RTÉ

Since the publication of her early collections An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984) and Feis (1991), Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has been recog(...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

The O’Rahilly

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is We Carried it to Here as Best W(...)

Patrick Pearse. Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is A Demonstration, by Jessic(...)