Roddy Doyle: “It’s actually very easy to live privately here, particularly as you get older.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Roddy Doyle is nearly 60. It seems hardly credible. The “bald man with glasses”, as he describes himself, seems timeless, forever of Commitments age. (...)

Chris Baldwin: “What I am now doing is meeting every single group, helping them to clarify exactly what their aims and objectives are, and how much these projects will cost”

Chris Baldwin, the newly-appointed creative director of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020, wants to introduce me to a pig. I’ve arrived in the G(...)

Terry Waite: “Refugees have lost everything and are dependent on the goodwill of others to survive.” Photograph: PA

Best-selling author and humanitarian Terry Waite CBE has compared the plight of refugees fleeing civil war in the Middle East and elsewhere to his exp(...)

Colm Tóibín: “The phrase ‘working artists engaged in productive practice’ sounds . . . like a phrase that could have been used by Stalin about recalcitrant farmers in the Soviet Union.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The writer Colm Tóibín has condemned controversial proposals from the Arts Council to cut grants for non-productive artists and to introduce audits to(...)

Frank Delaney: October24th, 1942-February 21st, 2017. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton
Obituary: Frank Delaney
  • People
  • February 25, 2017, 01:33

Frank Delaney, a Tipperary-born author and broadcaster who initially dismissed James Joyce’s Ulysses as unreadable but later spent his career making i(...)

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood speaks during an interview at a hotel in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Canada’s best-known writer Margaret Atwood said it was largely worries about women’s issues after the US election that made her book The Handmaid’s Ta(...)

 Buzz O’Neill and Peter Maxwell with their dog Eric in their new home: “This year all our Christmases have come at once.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Buzz O’Neill and Peter Maxwell “This time two years ago, we could hardly have even dreamed we’d be in the position we’re in right now,“ says Buzz. (...)

Naples is back on the map as a go-to city, thanks to the popularity of enigmatic author Elena Ferrante.

‘Naples,” the thread begins, “I’ve been there many times and it just seems to get worse. Everything is a scam and there are crooks and small gangsters(...)

 Aylan Kurdi’s body lies on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015.  Photo  Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images

In September 2015, we were told that publishing the image of the drowned body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was a turning point, spurring empathy for t(...)

Roger Casement: although not named in the article, he was responsible for attempting to recruit into the German Irish Brigade

February 5th, 1916 A Times reporter who interviewed exchanged prisoners of war found that many Irish among them had been induced to join the “German(...)