Sebastian Barry and Paul Lynch will take part at the Cúirt festival in Galway. Photograph: The Irish Times

A slew of award-winning writers and poets will take part in Galway’s Cúirt International Literature Festival which begins on Monday and runs until Su(...)

Marian Keyes, who won Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. The event is on the hunt for a new sponsor in its 13th year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s largest literary event is searching for a new sponsor after Bord Gáis Energy turned the page on its eight-year association with the ceremony(...)

Reared as a Presbyterian in Cavan, Norma McMaster lives in Skerries, where she is a minister in the Church of Ireland

“I sensed of course that he was deeply conflicted, but I had no pity for him; there was pity only for myself, and I’d sit for hours hugging myself to (...)

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Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

Bernard MacLaverty: “My life has been a seamless piece of laziness, and work, and thoughts, and all the rest of it over the years.” Photograph: Robert Burns

When Bernard MacLaverty answers the phone in his Glasgow house, I can hear a bit of a kerfuffle in the background. Is everything all right, I ask? “Ah(...)

Stewart Parker: his unfinished novel ‘Hopdance’ deals with his leg amputation while a student in Belfast.

From Franz Kafka’s The Trial to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters to David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, some novels defy their authors’ death(...)

Novelist Claire Kilroy: “’She Moved Through the Fair’ is one of the saddest but most alluring songs ever written.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Roddy Doyle Mozart: Madamina, il catalogo e’ questo from Don Giovanni I spent a year translating Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and got to know it well - too(...)

Since 2013, Pushkin Press’s imprint ONE and its editor, Elena Lappin, have unearthed quite a few gems of debuts. Issuing one title a season, more ofte(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)