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John Banville, ‘the Proust of Ireland’, pictured in Dublin in 2002. “His prose is very dense, and he goes out in a peculiar way; to observe people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is the dilemma of many an aspiring writer. If you want to write books and keep food on the table, it’s best to keep the day job.A character in Hadr(...)

The big name on the programme for this year’s Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-18) is the American author Richard Ford. Photograph: Frank Miller
Festivals, launches and awards
  • Books
  • September 11, 2014, 15:24

To celebrate Culture Night on September 19th, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar will host a series of pop-up readings in conjunction with the Big Smok(...)

Photograph: Eric Clement

Sending a character on a journey has been a staple of fiction writers through the centuries. From Herman Melville’s Ishmael to Jane Austen’s Catherine(...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

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(...)

Long regarded as of one Britain’s major literary figures, Edward Morgan Forster wrote six novels, including Howard(...)

President Hillery paddles his way across the lake after  officially opening the Salmon Leap Canoe Club’s new clubhouse at Leixlip, Co Kildare, in May 1983. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

The advice of the attorney general’s office was sought in 1983 over whether Magill had committed a “criminal libel” through a humorous article lampoon(...)

Illustration: Philip Barrett
Follow that star

SCENE IThe AnnunciationA young woman called Mary, living in a ghost estate somewhere in the midlands, is up late trying to watch as many episodes of T(...)

James Hickey, Irish Film Board chief executive, who presented an overview of the film industry in Ireland this year and an outlook for 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish film, television and animation industry is on course for a record year generating €168 million worth of activity, Irish Film Board has said.(...)

Ripper Street, shot in Dublin and starring Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, was one of the biggest revenue generators for the Irish film industry in 2013.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish film, television and animation industry is on course for a record year generating €168 million worth of activity.The figure is an 18 per cen(...)

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