Colm Toibin

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Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, has already benefited from his Man Booker longlist nomination. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

What happens next is usually a question to which omniscient authors know all the answers. Tonight, however, three Irish writers face a cliffhanger of (...)

‘Wexford is on the sea looking outwards. You had all these people coming into the harbour for hundreds of years, bringing back stuff and bringing back new ideas,’ says singer-songwriter Niall Colfer, above, at the quay in Wexford town with Fiona McCann. Photograph: Patrick Browne

On a good day – the kind we’ve had so many of this year, where the sun sears the train windows and all of Ireland rushes, half-naked and luminescent, (...)

Donal Ryan:  “People were ringing and I had nothing to say at all because it didn’t sink in for a good while.” Photograph: Matthew Thompson

A debut novelist rejected by publishers 47 times has described how he was “literally speechless” when he found out he had been longlisted for the wor(...)

 Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of Britain’s most consistently original novelists, Jim Crace, emerged on the publication of his “final” novel, Harvest, last spring as an early fa(...)

McCann’s Transatlantic, Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary and Ryan’s The Spinning Heart are all on the longlist for prestigious fiction award.

Three Irish authors have been nominated in the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, it was announced today. Colum McCann , Colm Tóibín and Donal(...)

Demented little words
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  • June 8, 2013, 01:00

If, as some critics tell us, the past is an obsession among Irish writers, then Kevin Barry has well and truly broken that mould with his Impac award-(...)

Kevin Barry has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest literary prizes, for his novel City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kevin Barry has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest literary prizes, for his novel City of Bohane. The winne(...)

Gavin Corbett, author of This Is the Way

Dublin-based writer Gavin Corbett and the poet John Montague were among the prize winners at this year’s Listowel Writers’ Week, which opened last ni(...)

Nominated: Fiona Shaw, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Warner, with Pinhead, a vulture that appears in The Testament of Mary, which is up for the best-play Tony. Photograph: Joshua Bright/The New York Times

Some day, anthropologists from New Guinea will arrive to study what must be the world’s most peculiar cultural institution: the Broadway theatr(...)

In a recent interview, the editor of the New York Review of Books , Robert Silvers, remember(...)

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