Sarah Davis-Goff. Photo by Bríd Donovan

Sarah Davis-Goff: Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press, publication March 7th) A girl called Orpen journeys from east to west across a post-apocalyptic (...)

Blindboy Boatclub, aka Dave Chambers

From calling Holy Communion “haunted bread” on The Late Late Show to extolling the virtues of getting wrecked on bags of glue (a bag for me, a bag for(...)

June Caldwell: her modernist style and tendency to switch forms never let the reader rest

Robot boys that rehabilitate paedophiles, sex-change clinics, demoralising orgies, alpha submissives caged in a Leitrim farmhouse and ogled by rubber (...)

Things are rarely as they seem in Joanna Walsh’s fractured episodes about everyday life. Her startling second collection recalls, in more than one of(...)

Anne Enright: she invited four short-story writers to perform their work which was animated by song. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is not that subtle, but barometers don’t tend to register the distinct and particular shift in Galway city’s atmospheric pressure on the last Sunda(...)

Claire-Louise Bennett: in contrast to literature’s integral social dimension, the act of writing itself is almost entirely antisocial. It’s true, writing is a gloriously solitudinous place. And it was there, in that zone, I wanted to sink, without succumbing to the pull of narrative drive, which is always more or less in reach, like a ghastly, bedevilling, rudder. Photograph: Conor Horgan

You reach an age when you must make plans and then you immediately have to dedicate yourself lastingly to firming up those plans; from that age onw(...)

Michael Longley has been shortlisted for Canada’s Griffin Prize for The Stairwell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish poet on Griffin shortlist The Belfast poet Michael Longley is one of seven nominees shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Based (...)

Claire-Louise Bennett: stays faithful to the most distressing of thoughts, and in the process crafts an unforgettable piece of writing. Photograph: Conor Horgan

On the morning before we are due to meet, Claire-Louise Bennett retweets a thought from the poet Aaron Boothby: “Sometimes novel is a definition mi(...)

Sara Baume: ‘There’s no guarantee that you’ll ever finish a book or that you’ll even get a publisher – and even when you do, you panic about the reviews, or the second novel’

‘To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up really quickly, but it’s been five years since I finished the creative writing master’s in T(...)