Anna Burns

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Anna Burns: “To go from being a wee girl haggling over library cards with my siblings, my friends, neighbours, my parents and my aunt, to be standing here today receiving this award is phenomenal for me.” Photograph: Eleni Stefanou

Irish author Anna Burns has won this year’s International Dublin Literary Award for her novel, Milkman. Set in Troubles-era Belfast, Milkman has alr(...)

Andrzej Tichý: a clever writer

“They don’t fulfil any function, the poor, the ones not needed in the factories, the ones not needed on the production line, in the care system, for c(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and party TD David Cullinane. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Perhaps I’ve lived a sheltered life but I’ve never heard a woman shout: “Up the Ra!” Just what possessed former Republic of Ireland international Dec(...)

After another 10 years of digital encroachment and data collection, the hidden self is now fully exposed. It is a valuable resource that is harvest(...)

Helen Cammock: ‘I want to talk about injustice and oppression and people being interconnected.’ Photograph: Sebastiano Luciano

Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock considers Northern Ireland’s political situation in her east London studio. Mug of tea in hand and surrounded by st(...)

Margaret Attwood and Bernardine Evaristo, joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. Photographs: Getty Images

The literary world was taken by surprise tonight when the Booker Prize for 2019 was awarded to two books focusing on the experiences of women in socie(...)

Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award: Danielle McLaughlin is shortlisted alongside her fellow Irish writers Kevin Barry and Louise Kennedy

Much has been written about the boom in Irish writing, buoyed by the apparently ceaseless tide of new voices: not a smattering of talent making a spla(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Milkman, by Irish writer Anna Burns, won the inaugural prize for political fiction. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Two books about the Troubles have been announced as winners of Orwell prizes for 2019. Anna Burns’s experimental novel Milkman won the inau(...)

Lyra McKee: she was committed to recovering the lost stories of boys whose lives had not been deemed worthy of serious investigation. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the last 10 days I have witnessed three standing ovations. The first was on April 15th at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast where two Man Booker Prize w(...)

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