Julian Gough: “For years some of the best and most interesting writing about sex has been shortlisted annually by the sniggering mutual masturbators of the Literary Review.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the least-coveted of literary prizes, which is given out each year by the Li(...)

Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

The wise old lady of Irish film festivals is back with her strongest programme in some years. Founded in 1956, the Cork Film Festival has had its gidd(...)

Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda is about a young girl taken in by a family and trained to shoplift.

As far as the outside world was concerned, Star Wars got Cannes 2018 back to the noisy prominence it so craves. Fireworks burst over the Croisette on (...)

Gotti: Kelly Preston, John Travolta and John A Gotti in Cannes. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Nobody had any great hopes for Gotti, the long-delayed John Travolta-headlined biopic of the Mafia kingpin. But Kevin Entourage Connolly’s portrait of(...)

Spike Lee will be back at Cannes with his inelegantly titled dark comedy ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Nobody much questions that the Cannes film festival is at some sort of crossroads. The debate hangs around the extent to which the management intended(...)

There is a growing body of evidence that shows running literally increases our grey matter. Photograph: iStock

Gráinne Loughran wrote an interesting piece in The Irish Times a few weeks ago (October 24th, 2016) about balancing parenthood and academia. She rais(...)

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura competing on the rings during the men’s team final  on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thomas Coex

“I was exhausted,” said Kohei Uchimura within an hour of leading Japan’s surge to supremacy over China in the Olympic gymnastic’s arena on Monday even(...)

Mia Gallagher: “The imagination is a way of getting away from things that might be tough in reality.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Mia Gallagher’s debut novel, Hellfire, was a resounding critical success – one of the best debuts of the year, according to the Observer – which saw (...)

Striking graduate designs in red with a heavy scarf by Zoe Redmond, knitwear by Aisling Duff, a casual split-colour outfit by Eavan Butler and beautiful pleating from Nino Sanaia

This year a record number of fashion students – 64 in total – will graduate from the two main colleges in Ireland, 37 from NCAD and 27 from LSAD. The(...)

Colin Barrett, last year’s winner of the  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015, says it is “the shortlist for which all short story writers surely dream of one day making”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Six books are in contention for this week’s 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. They are Refund by Karen E Bender (Counterpoint(...)

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