A seascape illustration from Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s The Unexpected Visitor (Egmont, £6.99).

“Sometimes my cat can be difficult to please” is a sentiment all feline-owners can relate to, and in Simon Philip and Ella Bailey’s I Don’t Know What (...)

Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End: “a miracle of a book”according to the Costa judges

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for the second time with Days Without End, set during the US civil war, which the judges called “a mirac(...)

Brian Conaghan’s advice to aspiring authors: “If you can’t handle oodles of rejections then best to pack it in now. Otherwise, stop talking about wanting to write that book of yours and just do it”

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He gained a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the Universit(...)

Students from Rutland National School, Dublin with Eoin Colfer, the new Laureate na Óg, who who will give his first public address as part of the conference. Photograph: maxwells

Probably the most significant event for adults interested in children’s books in the country, the 24th Children’s Books Ireland annual conference o(...)

Nominated: Derek Landy, speaking to pupils in Rush, Co Dublin, as part of the Writers in Libraries scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

The winners of this year’s Children’s Books Ireland awards will be announced on May 13th. From the 70 or so books submitted by their publishers, th(...)

Writers of young-adult fiction, ever keen to extend the boundaries of the genre, have in recent years shown a growing interest in matters such as auti(...)