Anne Enright

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Anne Enright: “I looked at how men manage their confidence and their time. I took a few leads out of their book.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

“You don’t have to be horrible to be a writer,” author Anne Enright told The Irish Times Summer Nights Festival on Wednesday evening. Take Séamus Hean(...)

Ireland could be “Scandinavia, but more fun” if we took a few simple decisions, David McWilliams told the opening night of the Irish Times Summer Nights online festival

Ireland is just “three decisions away from becoming a perfect country – Scandinavia, but more fun”, economist and Irish Times columnist David McWillia(...)

Author Nuala O’Faolain was truthful to the point of being self-destructive. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Why does no one ever ask me up to dance?” This was the question Nuala O’Faolain asked at an evening hooley at the Merriman School in Lisdoonvarna in (...)

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones as Connell and Marianne in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

I was born in Toronto and moved to Ireland as a boy. I spent some formative years in Shannon, the planned, Khrushchevian-style satellite town in south(...)

Craig Jordan-Baker does a fine job of homing in on the trauma and tensions in family life.

“People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner, and all the time their happiness is taking form, or their lives are falling apart.” Chekhov’s quote o(...)

Author Philip Roth in 1968: The literary lechery of Roth and his ilk was thought to be progressive, but now seems seedy. Photograph: Bob Peterson/The Life Images Collection via Getty Images

In 1991, when Philip Roth was receiving a literary prize in New York, his friend and fellow novelist William Styron delivered a testimonial which reca(...)

Pandemic: the first cases of coronavirus in Gaza were reported in March. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Irish artists have joined international colleagues as signatories to an open letter published yesterday that urges an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza am(...)

John Boyne: ‘I literally started a new relationship, but he’s in London and we’re just at the early days. We’re talking every day but it’s a weird way to start a relationship where all of it’s on Skype or Whatsapp.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the writer John Boyne has organised an impromptu short-story competition for children, with €7,200 worth of book toke(...)

Anne Enright's new novel explores gender, memory, family, art and glamour through the story of relationship between an actress and her daughter (...)

15 Usher’s Island: ‘not just another house connected with Joyce’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has rejected suggestions she should intervene to “save” the house at 15 Usher’s Island known as James Joyce’s Hou(...)

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