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As notices about the internet go, this one wasn’t too encouraging: “No guarantees of reliable service are available at present, it is quite likely tha(...)

The courtyard stocks everything from Max Benjamin scented candles to shabby chic French mirrors and Nicholas Mosse pottery (

As well as once being home to an illuminated manuscript, Kells was a royal residence of the High Kings of Tara. The town’s layout retains some of i(...)

Peter Sutherland is a vocal and sincere proponent for the rights of refugees, but his previous posts, at the head of the  World Trade Organisation and Goldman Sachs International, hardly mark him out as an instinctive champion of the downtrodden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amid all the consumption of the Christmas season, it’s still possible to hear a seasonal message of hope, goodwill and generosity on the airwaves. Whi(...)

Ben Okri (above), Marian Keyes, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle,  Lynda La Plante,  Paul Durcan,  Sara Baume, Michael Harding, Colin Barrett and Paul Murray are the big names at this weekend’s Hay Festival Kells. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Festival ready Meath Waving goodbye to the Body & Soul mob, the Royal County prepares for another festival this weekend as the literary cro(...)

It’s a sign of a great book when you dine out on its yarns. I’ve been doing that with Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork, a history of people through the(...)

Authors Michael Collins and Michael Cunningham and playwright John B. Keane in the latter’s bar during Listowel Writers’ Week in 2000. The bar is headquarters to the hub of banter and fun throughout the festival. Photograph: Frank Miller

I have always been a lover of books and in a 40-year affair with the printed word I have measured out my reading life with forays into all types of(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Author Jung Chang talking to Peter Florence about ‘Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who launched modern China’ at the Hay Festival Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Visitors to the Hay Festival in Kells, Co Meath this weekend enjoyed both food for thought and food for the senses. It was a winning combination. Fina(...)

Hassan Blasim: described by the Guardian as “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive”. Photograph: Katja Bohm

For the first time in its 24-year history, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has been won by an Arab writer, Hassan Blasim, for his second short s(...)

 Joseph O’Connor:  his story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl has  been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joseph O’Connor’s story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl and John Niven’s tale of a debauched Irish novelist ha(...)

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