Michael Morpurgo: ‘Lying is an art form, no question.’ Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Current favourite book?  The Plimsoll Line by Nicolette Jones is a biography of a little-known man, only remembered because of the shoe that was (...)

In a word . . . Gimp

What a day! Little Christmas. Women’s Christmas. Orthodox Christmas Eve. Feast of the Epiphany. It hardly seems fair that January 6th should be so end(...)

Jeremy Irons, Samuel Irons and Cyril Cusack in the 1989 movie of ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’

In May, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG played out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Almost all critics agreed that the combination of Spielberg(...)

Maybe Dahl’s only truly feminist work is Matilda – leaving aside the cruel, mean-spirited Miss Trunchbull. illustration: © Quentin Blake 2016

Leaving Roald Dahl’s own life to one side and focussing on the texts, is it possible to view Dahl as a feminist influence on his young readers? Dahl (...)

Kate Dickie: “This is an era when women were burned and drowned for being witches”

Before the release of Andrea Arnold’s Red Road in 2006, Kate Dickie had been a tolerably busy actor in Scottish theatre and mainstream telly. When th(...)

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Even the doziest domestic observer will have noticed that Irish cinema is passing through an unprecedented period of fecundity. Others are blowing ou(...)

Notre Dame trustee emeritus Martin Naughton; his wife Carmel (far left); and Sr Maire Hickey, Mother Abbess at Kylemore Abbey, Co Galway. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

On a balmy autumn morning, as light wind creates small waves on Poll an Chapaill lake, six nuns celebrate midday Mass in their simple chapel at Kyl(...)

Parents who (for this reason alone) badly mistimed the birth of their daughter may have come to view the DisneyToon Studios as a Christmas menace t(...)

 Roxanna Nic Liam and Marion O’Dwyer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Roxanna Nic Liam is an actor whose first role was in the movie ‘Agnes Browne’. After joining the Dublin Youth Theatre, she worked in TV, where she app(...)