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Kathleen Lonsdale: the pioneering scientist, pacifist and prison reformer was born on January 28th, 1903, in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kathleen Lonsdale, X-ray crystallographer, pacifist and prison reformer, was an outstanding scientist who had a number of firsts for female scientists(...)

Kay McNulty: had to learn English in the US before attending school as her family had been Irish speaking

A young woman from the Donegal Gaeltacht was at the centre of the development of computer technology but her major contribution was sadly not recognis(...)

Olive Schreiner: one of South Africa’s earliest major literary figures, she was a feminist, pacifist and anti-racist

The Story of an African Farm was one of the first great South African “colonial” novels and its author, Olive Schreiner, who died 100 years ago on Dec(...)

Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico City in 1976. Photograph: Alan Riding/The New York Times

King Kong Theory By Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne Fitzcarraldo Editions, £10.99 When I grow up, I want to be Virginie Despentes. The (...)

Friedrich Engels: his relationship with a second-generation Irish working-class woman had a profound influence on his life and work. Photograph: Ullstein via Getty Images

Did you know that the favourite meal of Friedrich Engels, who was born 200 years ago this month and who is well known as the co-founder of Marxism and(...)

Leo Rowsome: his father recognised his talent from an early age

The title “King of the Pipers” has been bestowed on various Irish uilleann pipers but few would dispute that Leo Rowsome, who died 50 years ago on Sep(...)

AA Milne, with his son Christopher Robin, and the teddy bear that inspired Winne-the-Pooh, at their home in east Sussex in 1926. Photograph: Howard Coster/Apic/Getty Images

The 2017 film Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the life story (or some of it, at least) of Christopher Robin Milne, son of writer AA Milne and his wife(...)

William Drennan: died 200 years ago on February 5th

The phrase “the Emerald Isle” to describe Ireland is well known but what may not be as well known is that the man who is credited with first using the(...)

Actor Christopher Eccleston has written a deeply personal book about his life and career. File photograph: BBC Pictures

I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me by Christopher Eccleston Simon & Schuster, £20 Christopher Eccleston is well known for hi(...)

An image of ‘Brian Bilston’

Diary of a Somebody Brian Bilston Picador, £14.99 Brian Bilston has earned the title of Twitter’s unofficial poet laureate and Diary of a Somebody i(...)

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