Noted writer and  cartoonist  James Thurber sits in a chair lighting a cigarette in New York, New York, 1954. Photograph: Fred Palumbo/Underwood Archives/Getty Images

James Thurber, who worked for the New Yorker, was an enormously popular comic writer and cartoonist, and this representative collection is one of his (...)

Pat Burke: a passion for all forms of theatre

Actor, teacher, drama director, scholar and writer Pat Burke, born on May 6th, 1943, in Johnstown, Co Kildare, was a “man for all seasons” (to borrow (...)

Mary Lavin: the writer led her stories into unexpected ground. Photograph: Evelyn Hofer

Mary Lavin’s contemporaries found it hard to place or to contain her unsettling stories. Frank O’Connor, a close friend, said that “an Irishman readin(...)

Ruarc Gahan, who has died aged 88, was the radical first headmaster of Sutton Park School, whose vision was for it to be a free, non -denominational, (...)