Geoff Dyer

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A tortoiseshell butterfly in an Irish garden feeding from the magenta flowers of oregano. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Seen many butterflies recently? No? What about ladybirds, wild bees, dragonflies, frogs or hedgehogs? Nope? Me neither. The sad truth is that the abse(...)

A scarecrow on duty in an Irish school garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Writing about scarecrows in the New York Times recently, the author Geoff Dyer described them as “Silent beings in dilapidated attendance . . . devoid(...)

Deborah Smith (left), translator of the winning book, The Vegetarian, with author Han Kang at the Man Booker International Prize in London. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

One of the best things about the new Man Booker International prize was hearing it described as “a win for literary translation as a whole”, which see(...)

Rob Doyle: “These stories of frenzied writers created my own literary hyper-reality.” Photograph: Al Higgins

The opening story in This Is the Ritual, the second book by the Dublin-born writer Rob Doyle, is a comic slaying of a herd of sacred cows. The narrato(...)

Detail from ‘Private James Graham, shot at 7:22am on December 21st, 1915, at a former abattoir in Pas-de-Calais’ by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Shot at Dawn – Chloe Dewe Mathews Imma, Dublin ***** The quintessential news photograph captures the moment and puts us right at the h(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif greets his supporters as he arrives from Lausanne, Switzerland to Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. Iran and six world powers have agreed on the key points of a deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iranians are so happy by hearing that world powers are ready to lift the sanctions against the country. Photograph: Borna Qasemi/EPA

Sanctions Iran wanted immediate removal of all UN sanctions and relief from the American and European economic and financial curbs that have throttled(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Geoff Dyer on board the USS George HW Bush. Photograph: Chris Steele-Perkins

Among the deadly bombs, 10-gallon tubs of army grub and ocean-ruling technology, something moves. As the USS George HW Bush wades through the Gulf’(...)

Rob Doyle: “I’m grateful to the authors of shorter books, because my concentration is shot from the internet and all the coffee”

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin, and holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His (...)