Student diary: ‘Eavan Boland – thankfully – came up. Others who staked it all on Plath lost’
- June 8, 2017, 20:06
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 (...)
Sci-fi TV asks the big question: what is it to be human?
- April 17, 2017, 05:00
Midway through the first season of Sense8 – a science fiction drama created by the Wachowski siblings and J Michael Straczynski – a mysterious man nam(...)
Irish Hygge: 'Look what good taste I have, look how Instagrammable my house is'
- January 23, 2017, 05:00
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(...)
Has the age of instant access finally put an end to the critic?
- Art & Design
- January 4, 2017, 12:45
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(...)
What happens to perspective when theatre adopts a first-person narrative?
- October 1, 2016, 06:00
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(...)
What is the point of the European Capital of Culture?
- April 25, 2016, 06:00
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(...)
Alex Miller: ‘Simple prose is valued more now than a decade ago’
- February 18, 2015, 17:36
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(...)