Donal Ryan

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Student Patrick Sutton at the launch of the National Adult Literacy Agency’s new collection, Voices. Photograph: Conor Healy

Dozens of Ireland’s best-known authors have contributed to a new book that marks 40 years of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). Roddy Doyle, (...)

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones as Connell and Marianne in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

I was born in Toronto and moved to Ireland as a boy. I spent some formative years in Shannon, the planned, Khrushchevian-style satellite town in south(...)

John Boyne: ‘I literally started a new relationship, but he’s in London and we’re just at the early days. We’re talking every day but it’s a weird way to start a relationship where all of it’s on Skype or Whatsapp.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the writer John Boyne has organised an impromptu short-story competition for children, with €7,200 worth of book toke(...)

Alan McMonagle. Photograph:  John Minihan

Well now. Here we all are in Hodges Figgis, taking advantage of a tiny window before social distancing kicks in. Thanks for coming here to celebrate (...)

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. (...)

Equinome founder Emmeline Hill: “What we’re doing is assessing the natural variation or the natural genetics of an individual.” Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Emmeline Hill doesn’t like the term “luck”. Perhaps it’s the scientist in her. But she will concede that she’s been fortunate. Hill grew up around ho(...)

Sarah-Davis Goff’s Last Ones Left Alive is an inventive, vividly realised feminist dystopia.

Where have all the writers gone? This year was marked by notable Irish debut novels from an engineer, civil servant and publisher, which tells us much(...)

Cork captain, Peter O’Driscoll, lifts the Clarke Cup at the end of the game. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork 3-16 Dublin 1-14 Twelve minutes gone and this game was seemingly over. Bookies prepared for an early pay-out, the Cork bus was warming up and h(...)

 Sally Rooney: youngest winner of Costa Novel Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Novelist Sally Rooney has won the Costa Novel Award for her second novel, Normal People, becoming the youngest recipient of the award, the most presti(...)

Irish author Donal Ryan: I love all the coffee-drinking and shrugging and fag-smoking in Paris.  Photograph: Anthony Woods
Donal Ryan: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book  I’m reading Kerry Neville’s second collection, Remember to Forget Me, and it is a masterclass in short fiction. I’m delig(...)

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