Novelists such as Tom Wolfe (above) and Martin Amis offered an eerie forecast of the financial crises that lay ahead. Photograph: AP Photo/Jim Cooper

In November 2008, during the dark days of the financial crisis, Queen Elizabeth visited the London School of Economics and asked: “Why did nobody see (...)

Novelist Claire Kilroy, who will be  reading from her work at an event  today  hosted by the Irish ambassador to Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Tuesday evening, the lights dimmed across the courtyards of the 17th-century Irish college in Leuven near Brussels, as attention turned to the cl(...)