A Clockwork Orange: Ronnie Barker’s Porridge offered more biting satire

There are no sacred cows. Once something gains such status it has begun to atrophy. You may as well sling it in a gallery and put a red rope around it(...)

Despite being virtually forgotten by even the most studious of music lovers, the years between 1971 and 1975 were a breeding ground for many an aspiri(...)

The death of poet Anthony Cronin has occurred at a moment in Ireland’s cultural history when the arts have been given official recognition as a “vital(...)

The Jaws first edition also included a drawing by the author, Peter Benchley. The book’s popularity was boosted by the film (bottom right)

The auction of 20th-century first edition books, novels, poetry and drama, collected by Dr Philip Murray, was held at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on (...)

Lonely, alcoholic, incontinent, arthritic, confined to a wheelchair in the Hollywood Hills and listening tearfully to tapes of his dead partner, Howar(...)

Anthony Burgess, left, gave a lecture to a packed Mansion House, where, with a virtuoso display of learning and linguistic insight, he talked of Joyce and Gerald Manley Hopkins, teasing out the the similarities of their approaches to language. Jorge Luis Borges came and held court in a suite at the Shelbourne. There, a group of writers and scholars went to pay homage, presented like blushing debutantes to a blind dowager queen. Photographs: Getty Images; Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

The year 1982 was the centenary of Joyce’s birth and it was generally felt that something should be done to celebrate it. By a stroke of good luck the(...)

Jonathan Meades: “A good chair is vital. I have a Canasta by Heron Parigi. It cost £800 16 years ago – it was worth it.” Photograph: BBC

Jonathan Meades is an author and broadcaster, specialising in food, architecture, and culture. His latest book, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, “a port(...)

In 1985, Anthony Burgess, who was devoted to Joyce and greatly admired Louis le Brocquy, agreed in principle that he would write a 20-page introduction to the special edition of “Dubliners”, which was limited to 500 copies.

A lost essay on James Joyce’s Dubliners by celebrated English novelist Anthony Burgess is to be published for the first time in The Irish Times tomorr(...)

Author Kevin Barry, the winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel, City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As quick-witted as a stand-up comic and as serious as the best of them tend to be, Kevin Barry is not only an inspired blend of Flann O’Brien and Anth(...)

Anthony Burgess is one of the most underrated writers in the English language. This does a disservice to a half-century of superb work until hi(...)

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