The excitingly, wilfully dynamic Jean-Christophe Spinosi. With the NCH out of action the ICO is going to find its options even more limited as other promoters suck up viable alternatives.

The media in Ireland and Britain are writing, talking and agonising about Brexit, an event that has not happened yet. Mutterings are already under way(...)

 Jennifer Johnston: writes quietly dramatic novels, reminiscent of the works of Chekhov and Ibsen. Photograph: Frank Miller

Jennifer Johnston, daughter of a playwright and an actor, writes quietly dramatic novels, reminiscent of the works of Chekhov and Ibsen. Often, her th(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
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Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

Michèle Forbes is also an award-winning actor, and her insight into the world of performance is astute

How well can we really know the people we fall in love with? The warning signs of a doomed romance are there from the beginning of Michèle Forbes’s an(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’s novel was publ(...)

 Molly Keane with Sally Phipps’s godfather  John Gielgud,  c1930. Photograph courtesy  of Waterford County Museum

In 1945 Elizabeth Bowen wrote to her lover Charles Ritchie that “The people I was staying with – Bobby and Molly Keane – have the most heavenly child (...)

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fergus Linehan’s funeral was an occasion to mourn “but also to give thanks for our gentle, kind, brilliant, generous, erudite husband, Dad, Papa, who (...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Basil Blackshaw. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

Basil Blackshaw was an artist who found wonder in the ordinary and then transformed it into something extraordinary, one of his friends told his funer(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

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