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Anna Burns, whose winning novel is set at the height of the Troubles. Photograph: Eleni Stefano

Belfast-born author Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman. She is the first Irish author to win since Anne Enright in 200(...)

Novelist Donal Ryan: ‘The Thing About December’ will be adapted as ‘Foscadh’ for TG4. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Townsend, an RTÉ One ten-part drama series set in Dublin, and Foscadh, TG4’s feature-length adaptation of Donal Ryan’s novel The Thing About December,(...)

Ian MacKenzie

Okay. We’ll give them Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Isabel Archer and Molly Bloom. And maybe some others down through the centuries. But the female voic(...)

“Being homeless and having dual diagnosis, the thing you need the most is a home. So it has to be a total system response”

On a late evening in April 2017, I sat in an emergency accommodation hostel, a place where there are no facilities for you to stay during the day and (...)

Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. Photograph: Rob O’ Connor

It might be a ‘slush pile’ but reading through thousands of unsolicited manuscripts is actually “like panning for gold,” says Sarah Davis-Goff wh(...)

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

1: Get wet We rely far too much on good weather for summer fun and it almost always lets us down. But what if you tried your hand at something that d(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Sally Foran and David Kitt

What subject do you wish you had studied more in school? Sally: I’d like to have taken another language. I did my Leaving Cert on tape, I smashed my (...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

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