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Jeff Buckley backstage at Trinity Ball

From The Smiths at Dundalk’s Fairways Hotel to Nirvana playing the Top Hat in Dún Laoghaire and David Bowie in the Baggot Inn, there are some concert(...)

William Burroughs in a still from the film Burroughs

‘The biggest challenge with this film, even in pitching it, was that it was about so many things,” Aaron Brookner says of his documentary Uncle Howar(...)

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

Seán McCann:  died suddenly but peacefully at his Dublin home

Journalist, author and rose lover Seán McCann has died suddenly but peacefully at his home in Dublin’s Deansgrange. He was believed to be in his late (...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

Mocoa is the capital of  Putumayo, which lies in south-west of Colombia, bordering Ecuador and Peru.

The body of a British teenager who died after drinking a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual was left by the side of the road by two frightened(...)

Kill Your Darlings

Or The Muppet Babies Do the Beats. No, that’s not fair. There is a great deal to admire in this treatment of a notorious incident from the early lives(...)

The Beatles in 1967: ‘Paul filled the vacuum after Brian Epstein died. I think John was a bit begrudging. George was very introverted. Ringo was depicted as the joker, but I thought he was quite wise’

Paul Howard, biographer of Tara Browne, the 1960s peer, scenester and alleged subject of the Beatles song A Day in the Life, is chatting to film-maker(...)

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