Frank Fenn  with the six millionth box of Baileys Irish Cream. Photograph: Alan Betson

A look at the 10 most popular literary articles of the year

Roddy Doyle: Ticket readers have chosen his latest novel, Smile, as the best Irish novel  of 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ticket Awards 2017: ‘Smile’, Doyle’s powerful story of a middle-aged Dubliner dealing with memories of abuse, has topped our inaug(...)

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn stuff ... Writers name their favourite works of the year

'Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling' authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have signed a six-figure, two-book deal with Gill Books to continue the story.

Cúirt highlights; major Seamus Heaney exhibition; book deals for Niamh Boyce and debut author from Derry

Here are our best reads of the last year

Ali Smith: will be in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson on March 21st, 2018

Irish Times Poetry Now Award judges named

Jodie Foster stars in Claude Chabrol’s The Blood of Others, based on a Brian Moore screenplay

10 bookish brain teasers

 Bernard MacLaverty: won the coveted Novel of the Year prize for Midwinter Break, his first novel in 16 years. Photograph: Camera Press/Wattie Cheung

Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes and Atlas of the Irish Revolution get the big breaks

Bloomsday 1954: Patrick Kavanagh with writer Anthony Cronin, after their pilgrimage to Sandymount Strand, arriving at Davy Byrne’s pub, South Ann Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dermot Barry

Leading poets and writers take a fresh look at the writer on the 50th anniversary of his death

Eoin McHugh: published The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan while publisher at Transworld Ireland

Eavan Boland is to receive Bob Hughes Lifetimes Achievement Award at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Costa shortlisted: Sarah Crossan, Karl Geary, Sinéad Morrissey

Karl Geary, Sarah Crossan and Sinéad Morrissey among nominations

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney’s biographer, Goldsmith Prize winner, and who wrote ‘The Birds’

Nicola Barker: won the Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2000 for Wide Open

Prize dominated by Irish writers goes to English author for first time

Eithne Shortall: novelist and chief arts writer on the Ireland edition of the Sunday Times

Sunday Times chief arts writer’s debut also optioned for TV series by NBC Universal Studios

The late Seamus Heaney: his work “touches people so profoundly because it seems to spring from a very deep life indeed”,  says newly announced biographer Fintan O’Toole. Photograph: Pat Langan

Faber announces ‘Irish Times’ columnist to write Nobel Prize-winning poet’s authorised life

Babette’s Feast: “I spend considerably more time reading about food than I do cooking it,” admits Paula McGrath

Food Month: Henrietta McKervey, Rob Doyle, Danielle McLaughlin, Ian Duhig, Paula McGrath, Jo Spain and Martina Evans share favouri(...)

You know wjhen? Bryan Murray reading Ulysses at Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during the Bloomsday celebrations. But what date? Photograph: Cyril Byrne
The weekly book quiz

Test your knowledge of Irish and international literature

Sinéad Gleeson presents ‘The Book Show’ on RTÉ Radio and reviews for ‘The Irish Times’

Anyone who has read her Granta essays, ‘Blue Hills and Chalk Bones’ and ‘Second Mother’, will be impatient to read more

British author Kazuo Ishiguro   was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this month, but what is the title of his latest novel? Photograph:   Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Test your literary knowledge

Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole in the film adapation of The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, which comes where in the series?

Also: women in translation, a literary dog’s name, and where the Dickens is Diogenes?

Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, the Italian ambassador to Ireland, John Banville and his wife Janet after the awarding of the Ordine della Stella d’Italia

Leading Irish author made Cavaliere of the Ordine della Stella d’Italia at Italian embassy ceremony

 Eimear McBride. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Also: a host of prizewinners and the only Irish-language No1 bestseller are among this week's gems

Macnas will parade Memory Song through Dublin’s Northside as part of the Bram Stoker Festival

Poets shortlisted for TS Eliot and Warwick Prizes; Dublin Book Festival highlights; Something Wicked

 Sarah Davis-Goff, right, with Tramp Press co-publisher Lisa Coen. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tinder Press buys Tramp publisher’s post-apocalyptic Irish novel. TV rights already sold for Ahern’s 30 women’s stories

Kazuo Ishiguro:. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Author is best known for novel ‘The Remains of the Day’

Catherine Doyle: “Having grown up listening to my grandfather’s stories of daring sea rescues and adventures on Arranmore Island, it’s wonderful to be able to write a magical island story that has been inspired by them”

Ed O’Loughlin and Sara Baume shortlisted for major awards; BBC to adapt Tana French novels for Dublin Murders TV series

Adrian McKinty: “one of Britain’s great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece,” according to Ian Rankin

Edgar Award-winning thriller is fifth in Sean Duffy series about a Catholic RUC man

Sinéad Morrissey: “The poems in On Balance are beautifully written, emotionally charged and filled with a wonderful complexity,” said jury chairman Andrew Marr

Armagh poet wins Best Collection prize for ‘On Balance’. Ocean Vuong and Ian Patterson also honoured

JP Donleavy in his study packing the archive of his work in 2005. Photograph: David Sleator

Tributes: John Banville, Kevin Barry, Donal Ryan, Pat McCabe, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and others assess ‘The Ginger Man’ author

Man Booker 2017 shortlist: Paul Auster, Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid, Emily Fridlund, George Saunders, Fiona Mozley

Irish authors Mike McCormack and Sebastian Barry fail to make cut

Niall McMonagle: conferred by UCD with an honorary doctorate of literature in recognition of his outstanding work and influence in the arts and his tireless support of Irish culture

Irish literary news: Culture Night; Sounds from a Safe Harbour; Dromineer Literary Festival; Patrick Kavanagh weekend; HomePlace e(...)

Inch Levels: reclaimed land  on the shoreline of Lough Swilly

A powerful debut novel set in the landscapes of Ireland’s northern borderlands

Author Shane Connaughton talks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor of The Irish Times, in Bantry Library as part of the West Cork Literary Festival in July

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and author discusses his career including Married Quarters, his long-awaited sequel to A Border Sta(...)

Angela Nagle: “I became obsessed with online anti-feminist forums about eight years ago. It started me thinking about the relationship between countercultures, subcultures and the mainstream”

‘Literary people are much more open to complexity than political people. Political online commentary is just a cesspit for the unh(...)

“Hans Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise O’Neill her legions of devoted fans.” Photograph: Anna Groniecka

Wild Words festival; John Toomey wins award; Irish Pages at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack: Man Booker 2017 longlisted

Pair have already won awards for their listed novels, ‘Days Without End’ and ‘Solar Bones’

Shane Connaughton leans against the wall outside the Garda Barracks in Redhills.

The sequel to his acclaimed 1989 debut is set in a Garda station in Cavan in late 1950s

Some of Ireland’s best-known writers and readers share the books that will be in their suitcases

If you’re heading off the beaten track, you might welcome  book recommendations from local experts

From Bulgaria to Zambia and from China to Palestine, the books you should be reading

Jennifer Johnston talks to Eileen Battersby at the Irish Writers Centre in Dulbin this month

Irish Times Book Club: The distinguished author discusses her life and work

Sebastian Barry at the Gutter Bookshop Dalkey after winning the Independent Bookshop Award. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maeve Binchy walk; TCD archives conference; Words Ireland initiatives

Share your local knowledge with Irish visitors this summer

 Sinead Morrissey: shorltisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Photograph: Eric Luke

The latest literary news and listings

There’s a celebration of Bloomsday co-founder, the late Anthony Cronin, on June 16th

To mark WB Yeats’s birthday and Bloomsday the National Library will show newly acquired letters to Yeats from James Joyce

The Power by Naomi Alderman, reviewed by Danny Wallace, is the bookies’ favourite to win the Baileys Prize tomorrow

Grace Dent, Bettany Hughes, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Horowitz, Anita Rani and Danny Wallace on tomorrow’s potential winners

“There are very few outlets for people writing for children, whether it’s poetry or short fiction”

‘You can sense the twinkle in the author’s eye,’ says editor of Janet Turner’s winner

 Kit de Waal: Irish Novel of the Year winner. Photograph: Justine Stoddart

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Michael Longley: “Harold Pinter encouraged me in my youth. So, for personal as well as literary and political reasons I am moved and honoured by this award.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judges praise poet’s ‘effortlessly lyric and fluent poetry… wholly suffused with humanity, humility and compassion’

Irish Times Africa Day writing competition winners. Pictured with Books Editor Martin Doyle are Boitumelo Ntsimane (Portlaoise); Matthew Price (Rathfarnham) and Florence Olufemi-Ojo (Tallaght). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The African-themed short story and poetry competition is designed to showcase emerging talent and established writers

Yanis Varoufakis’s appearance will be one of the highlights of the International Literature Festival Dublin. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Actor Lisa Dwan will be sharing her unique perspective on reading and acting Beckett, at the  2017 Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy, a writer and tutor from Mayo,  was featured in The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and shortlisted for the 2017 Hennessy Award in Emerging Fiction

Debut novel about three young Irish economic migrants in Australia won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards

Edna O’Brien will receive her prize of €1,500 at a ceremony in the Swiss embassy in Dublin in May. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Literature Festival Dublin highlights; Pigott Poetry Prize shortlist; Irish Writers in London Summer School; Dublin (...)

Out of the Marvellous, an Atelier Pinton tapestry designed by Peter Sis in memory of Seamus Heaney is to be unveiled on April 20th at 6.30pm at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin

French translation prize; AE anniversary lecture; love songs in Limerick; Seamus Heaney tapestry

The Man Booker shortlisted author discusses his career, his Rustbelt Trilogy and the rise of Donald Trump, and his month-long mara(...)

Kit de Waal: “It would be very easy to have given the book a happy ending but I know from my personal experience that that wouldn’t happen.” Photograph:  Justine Stoddart

Eimear McBride on Encore Award shortlist; Gutter Bookshop shortlisted; Cork World Book Festival; Karl Whitney working on a hit; Co(...)

 Michael Collins  at the 37th US Film Festival, in Deauville,  France, in  2011, where he received the Deauville literary award for his book, Midnight in a Perfect Life. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin Doyle interviews the Booker-nominated author, extreme runner and stabbing survivor about Midnight in a Perfect Life

Joe Joyce: The city is an integral part of the book, not just the backdrop to a spy story. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Kerry Group Novel of the Year shortlist; Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist; Poetry Ireland quiz

Michael Collins: I write of crimes that go unacknowledged, unpunished, crimes which barely register. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I saw, within the crime genre’s scope, a way to metaphorically and literally uncover who or what had killed American greatness’

Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June

American writers dominate 2017 Sunday Times EFG short story award shortlist

Shane Hegarty: “This is the kind of news a writer dreams of, to be honest.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Penguin Ireland and Gutter Bookshop up for British Book Awards

This is Ireland: 12 books that capture the Ireland of now

A Minister, a historian and 13 Irish writers select the modern works - from Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to Donal Ryan - that capture for (...)

Wellcome Book Prize judges Di Speirs, Simon Baron-Cohen, Val McDermid, Tim Lewens and Gemma Cairney

Paul Kalanithi’s memoir could become first posthumous work to win the prize

 Kate Kerrigan: the Co Mayo author, who also writes as Morag Prunty, received her trophy from  cookery writer Prue Leith at the awards ceremony in London

Sophia Bennett’s Love Song wins Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year 2017

Six of the best

To mark International Women’s Day we’ve created an antidote to the all-male Irish Writers poster, free for you to download: 12 wri(...)

“There are so many books that provide great introductions to feminism, for women and men,” says Ivana Bacik. “Books like Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique, Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room, Edna O’Brien’s Girl with Green Eyes and many more, all helped to shape my own feminist views”

International Women's Day: Leading writers put together reading list for men

Colm Tóibín: West Cork Literary Festival headliner. Photograph: Steve Pyke

Ennis Book Club Festival; Bookshop of the Year; Asking for it on campus; Hogwarts Spring Gala

Marina Carr: She has been awarded one of the world’s must lucrative literary honours, the Windham-Campbell Prize, worth $165,000 (€155,000). Photograph: Sara Freund

Author of ‘The Mai’ becomes second Irish writer in two years to be lauded by Yale

Frank Delaney: described by US broadcaster NPR as “the most eloquent man in the world”. Photograph: Meng Li

John Banville, Colum McCann, Chris Cleave, Keggie Carew and James Joyce expert Terence Killeen salute veteran writer and broadcast(...)

Tom Hanks is to make his debut as a fiction writer this autumn with Uncommon Type: Some Stories. Photograph: Getty Images

William Trevor lecture; Bernard MacLaverty interview; Féile Fidelma; Barry and O'Loughlin on Walter Scott prize longlist

Thomas Enger: I would love to pick the brain of the Bible’s author about how to get away with all those completely unrealistic scenes and still sell millions

Norwegian crime writer Thomas Enger on the wit of Harlan Coben and the wisdom of Stephen King

Kate Hamer: I find Edna O’Brien an absolutely extraordinary writer – her work is so lucid and accomplished it’s almost like she’s recasting a vision. Photograph: Mei Williams

‘Writing makes you tune into the world in a way that I might not have experienced if I didn’t write’

A detail from The Kiss by Edvard Munch. Photograph: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

On the eve of St Valentine’s Day, some of Ireland’s finest poets discuss their most-loved love poems. One has even made a poem of (...)

Salman Rushdie: new novel due out in September. Photograph: Reuters

Irish on RoNAs shortlist; Novel Fair finalists; Mark O’Halloran for Ennis; Mountains to Sea women’s day event; NUIG honours Mike M(...)

Emergency exit: bestselling author Donal Ryan is having to return to his civil service job  for financial security. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The revelation that one of Ireland’s most successful writers has to go back to his old civil service job to earn a living highligh(...)

Katie Donovan was shortlisted for her collection Off Duty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Sebastian Barry with his book Days Without End. Chair of judges Kate Williams described it as ‘magnificent, and searing’. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

£30,000 prize for ‘Days Without End’ makes him first novelist to have won twice

Maeve Brennan: “You are all your work has. It has nobody else and never had anybody else”

Angela Bourke, author of Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker, and Irish Times writer Patrick Freyne discuss and read from he(...)

Steph Broadribb: Published writers are the ones who keep writing and sending stuff out. Never give up!

Deep Down Dead author Steph Broadribb on what makes her tick as a reader and a writer

Jess Kidd: previously shortlisted for an Irish Book Award for her debut novel, Himself

Book news: Doolin Writers’ Weekend and Ennis Book Club Festival highlights

A rack of newspapers in Mexico City with headlines about  the  triumph of Donald Trump. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As Donald Trump becomes US president, we republish this reaction piece by a host of writers from last November to his election

Justin Myers aka The Guyliner: his first novel, The Last Romeo, will be published by Little, Brown in spring 2018

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Conor McKeon (centre) performing his tribute to David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen

Tribute song combines Purple Rain, Hallelujah and Life on Mars

Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End: “a miracle of a book”according to the Costa judges

Fellow winners Brian Conaghan, Keggie Carew, Francis Spufford and Alice Oswald compete with Barry for £30,000 Costa prize

John Montague speaking at his 80th birthday and the launch of his Chosen Lights: Poets on Poems at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland, his publisher Peter Fallon and a host of poets and academics pay tribute to a great Irish writer

Best books of 2016: Dennis Potter, Emily Dickinson, Bruce Springsteen, Tsar Nicholas II and his daughters, and Elizabeth Strout. Photographs: BBC, Amherst College via NYT, Sony Music, Heritage/Getty, Todd Heisler/NYT

Olivia O’Leary, Anne Enright, Roy Foster, Ardal O’Hanlon, Roddy Doyle and others choose their favourite fiction and non-fiction ti(...)

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Eithne Shortall: “I wanted to write a story that was fun and smart and heart-warming”

Paula Hawkins returns; Graham Norton back at Listowel Writers’ Week; Rose Tremain for Ennis Book Club Festival

Michael J Malone: What book would you give to a friend’s child on their 18th birthday? The Shining. It’s only proper that they go on into adulthood looking over their shoulder, right?

‘It took me so long to see my words in print that I had to learn perseverance’

Putting Irish writers on the world map

We set out to discover if there was at least one Irish novel, short story, play or, at a pinch, poem set in every country in the w(...)

Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and a host of Irish writers explore why when it comes to writing fiction the world is their oyster

 Greystones, Co Wicklow: self-publishing capital of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meath, Wicklow and Kildare have most independently published authors per person

Costa shortlist: Sebastian Barry  previously won award   in 2008 with The Secret Scripture

Brian Conaghan on children’s book shortlist. Winners to be announced in January

William Trevor in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

John Banville, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle and more salute the late author

Philippe Sands: The Franco-British lawyer has won a £30,000 prize for his new book, a “double detective story”.

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Mike McCormack: the Galway-based author’s first novel in 11 years has won the Irish novel of the year award a week after winning  the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize

Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones is novel of the year. Winners include Marian Keyes, Graham Norton, Paul Howard, Paul O’Connell and Ta(...)

Karen Gillece und Paul Perry, aka Karen Perry

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Mike McCormack with the award for the Goldsmiths Prize 2016. The Irish writer won the annual £10,000 prize for his novel Solar Bones.  Photograph: Kevin Moran

Prestigious experimental fiction prize won by Irish author for third time in four years

Anakana Schofield: will discuss her work with Laura Slattery of The Irish Times at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7.30pm. The interview will be podcast on om November 30th

The story of a sex offender exiled from Ireland to London, by the award-winning author of Malarky, is on Goldsmiths Prize shortlis(...)

“Mayo does penance and atonement,” says Mike McCormack. “Knock, Croagh Patrick, it isn’t a coincidence these are in Mayo”

Publishing struggles, creative writing classes, the magic of Mayo, artistic influences, mortality and wonderful women are on the a(...)

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