Anne Enright

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Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

Mary Cregan with her nine-month-old son in Arizona.

Going through a box of old photographs, I came upon one taken long ago at a baby shower in a friend’s New York apartment. I’m seated at the centre of (...)

Book lovers  waiting to enter the Secret Garden venue at last year’s  Dalkey Book Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Later today, well over 100,000 people will congregate at Slane and Malahide to hear, respectively, the venerable sounds of Metallica and the even more(...)

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(...)

Jenny McCartney’s debut is a well-meaning tale that falls down on the writing

A book lives or dies in its sentences. To paraphrase Anne Enright, in an interview to the New Yorker some years ago, a good sentence does many things (...)

Nicole Flattery: her style is bold and bracing and has no bones about it

“At seventy, after suffering several disappointments, the first being my mother, the second being me, my father died.” The opening line of Nicole Flat(...)

Sally Rooney: The 27-year-old best-selling author

Among the advice traditionally handed out to newbie writers are two classic injunctions: write what you know, and go out into the world to find out mo(...)

Donald Trump: Elite? Me? Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

When people are trying to flog you stuff, they think carefully about what socio-economic group you are in. And right at the top of this is the ABC1 ca(...)

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

The founding director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative artists has died suddenly following an accident on Friday at his home in the Catalan P(...)

Man Booker winner: Anna Burns thanked a housing charity and  food bank. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool/Getty

A charity and food bank have expressed their gratitude to the winner of the Man Booker Prize, Anna Burns, after she took the unusual step of thanking (...)

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