Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. What was your favourite book as a child? Treasure Island(...)

Yiyun Li: ‘Do you know that feeling of sadness when you glimpse an old part of a city that has been erased from history?’ Photograph: Drew Kelly/The New York Times

There is no prerequisite for becoming a writer, but in many ways Yiyun Li had the odds stacked against her. Born in Beijing in 1972, Li (...)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938). Posted by Camisonup and David Russell

“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851), Posted by Austin Duffy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was t(...)

The late author Maeve Binchy photographed at her Dalkey home in 2006. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Irish Times journalist Mary Maher spoke tonight of being left a collection of the (...)

Cork Airport, early 1970s, waiting to board a plane. Also waiting is a handsome, rather stern-looking woman, who stammers slightly (like myself(...)

 A German Nazi flag from the second World War at the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoighaire. “Ireland’s geographic position, small size and strategic interests would dictate that it could not be absolutist about its foreign policy.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There has been much recent comment in relation to Ireland’s controversial neutrality during the second World War that suggests a diminishing ra(...)

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