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The author John Boyne has set up a short-story competition for children to enter now Ireland’s schools have been closed by the threat of coronavirus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The author John Boyne has set up a short-story competition for children to enter now Ireland’s schools have been closed by the threat of coronavirus. (...)

 Anna Burns holds her book ‘Milkman’ during a photocall at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Despite having been shortlisted for what was then the prestigious Orange Prize for women’s fiction in 2002 for her debut, No Bones, Anna Burns is a re(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

Cecelia Ahern fantasises about “a surreal magical room, where I could call a book and it would fly off the shelves and land in my hand, like in ‘Matilda’”.

Would I sound crazy if I admitted to knowing that I have 16,344cm of shelving in my house, of which 10,322cm are filled, leaving me room for about 3,0(...)

Inisheer is one of several islands hosting cultural happenings this summer. Photograph: Chris Hill

Step on to Inisheer island next weekend, from May 27th to 29th, and you’ll find yourself at the heart of Drop Everything. The cultural biennial will (...)

Winter Pages co-editor Kevin Barry, flanked by walking sticks carved from roots by Seanie Barron, one of six creatives interviewed about their craft, along with Lenny Abrahamson, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Tommy Tiernan and Blindboy Boatclub. Photographs: Sean Lynch/Matt Gidney/Cyril Byrne

It’s an exciting time for the literary/arts journal fan ...with Gorse, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and Banshee now being joined by Winter Pag(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

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