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Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg drew scorn for wearing “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirts

They say that the devil’s greatest trick is convincing the world he didn’t exist. But I know of one better: the trick played by the patriarchy, which(...)

Michael Colgan, outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Arts Council should be getting three or four times what it receives from the Government, the outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre has sa(...)

The drawingroom at Lyons House in Co Kildare

It is tempting to romanticise past eras and, notwithstanding the fact that the period encompassed the signing over of Irish sovereignty with the Act o(...)

It seems only right and proper that a sparky, funny clever-clogs like Kate Beckinsale is something of a Jane Austen veteran. During the 1990s, the (...)

Helene Hanff,  author of ‘84 Charing Cross Road’

The life of Helene Hanff, which began 100 years ago today in Philadelphia, was a masterclass in the fickleness of fame. It was dominated for decades(...)

“What is going on in that silly brain?” Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice

In January 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published. In the latter half of the 18th century, and far beyond the publication of that famo(...)

Irish actor’s Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, English actress Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna arrive for the premiere of ‘Sing Street’. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s opening skirmishes at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah have proved hugely successful. Both Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, produced(...)

Jane Austen used the business of marriage to examine the landed gentry class of 19th century England. Each of her heroines finds the right match after(...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

Fintan O’Toole: “I thought perhaps JG Farrell might have been excluded on the basis that he was half-Irish, but so was Laurence Sterne, and Elizabeth Bowen, CS Lewis, Joyce Cary, Jonathan Swift and Iris Murdoch, none of whom was British, got in. Puzzling”

I was one of 82 foreigners enlisted for BBC Culture’s poll of the best 100 British novels. Each of us was asked to pick a top ten. Only half of mine (...)

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