James Joyce: no stranger to ghosts. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

WB Yeats is often viewed as being away with the fairies in the Celtic twilight, whereas James Joyce is considered a man of this world, grounded in th(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

A man holds yellows flowers and an edition of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez during a symbolic funeral parade through the streets of Aracataca, his hometown in Colombia yesterday. Photograph: EPA/STR

Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in (...)

Residents light candles as they pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca. Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

1927 - Garcia Marquez is born on March 6 in Aracataca, a backwater banana-growing town near Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The oldest ch(...)

President Michael D Higgins used a historic appearance at Mexico’s biggest business summit to call for new economic models that balance sustainable gr(...)