Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan:“He is the real entrepreneur,” says Rebecca, “whereas I am a big square.I would never have gone down this route without Will.”

Their eyes met over an “outrageous” model in a life drawing class in London in 2006. In a meet-cute worthy of Nora Ephron, they had nowhere else to(...)