Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Fourth class pupils at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, with Arts Council director Orlaith McBride and writer Siobhán Parkinson. The Writers in Schools programme recently celebrated its 40th birthday. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

It’s Friday afternoon, an hour before school closes, but the fifth class students at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross betray no giddiness a(...)

David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius, the leader of the invading Roman army, in Britannia

You hear David Morrissey before you see him: his low, slow, booming voice is clearly an actor’s projection, speaking of Rada training and a theatre ca(...)

It’s all about the beach at Sunshine House, Balbriggan, where St Vincent de Paul host children for a week’s summer holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a bright yellow flag flying outside a building that looks like an old convent on Church Street in Balbriggan. It’s the official flag of the Su(...)

 An Gaeltacht sign near Claregalway, Co. Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

As a bean an tí currently preparing for the annual influx of teenage Irish language students, I was reminded of a particular incident which happened l(...)

The Gloaming at Body & Soul is one of the best bookings this summer

What’s hot ‘Town Is Dead’ The guys behind Alice In Funderland have a new musical at the Abbey in June, booking now Talking authors Naomi Klein an(...)

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Louise O’Neill was asked by a number of editors to change the ending of her dystopian novel Only Ever Yours and to make her main character “spunkier” (“the Katniss effect”)

Having been called a "swot" by certain fellow Young Adult writers for scribbling notes throughout the Going Too Far? YA discussion panel at the eve(...)

LT Meade’s A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton

Imagine if JK Rowling’s name rang no bells in people’s minds 100 years from now. Rowling: so ubiquitous, influential and popular – the thought seems a(...)