John Berger

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 Lauren Conway, a Leaving Cert student at Coláiste Éinde, Galway: “The question on ‘Hamlet’ asked us to examine it as a disturbing psychological thriller, and I think most students were quite happy with this question.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It was the discussion of the Leaving Cert: which poets will appear on the paper? Like a lot of my classmates, I was really nervous about this. While (...)

In  Black Mirror   Hayley Atwell buys a life-sized robotic replica of her partner after his death.

Midway through the first season of Sense8 – a science fiction drama created by the Wachowski siblings and J Michael Straczynski – a mysterious man nam(...)

There are  differences between the way hygge is understood in Denmark and  abroad

In the first episode of Mad Men, Don Draper tells us what advertising is all about: happiness. “You know what happiness is?” he asks. “Happiness is t(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)

John Berger at the Vangard Gallery, Cork, for  the opening of his exhibition with Spanish artist Marisa Camino in 2005. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

John Berger, the Booker prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died ag(...)

Helen and |, by Meadhbh McHugh, which illustrates the role of subjectivity in theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Art, they say, changes the way we see things. Leonardo Da Vinci lets you gaze on the last supper, each diner arranged for display like the top table o(...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)

Neil Middleton: publisher and left-wing activist

Neil Middleton, who has died aged 83, was an influential publisher, writer and Catholic thinker who made a significant contribution to religious and p(...)

Author Alex Miller in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alex Miller is an Australian author, who won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 for his novel The Ancestor Game. His eleventh novel, Coal Cree(...)

The duchess of Cornwall speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

THE OPENING LINES 1. “He should have seen it coming.” 2. “Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with(...)

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