John Banville

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Kevin Barry. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

Kevin Barry: ‘We’re all having the wombles’ I was sitting on a bench at the smokers’ section outside Madrid airport last week, just taking a break fr(...)

 Ciara Kelly told her listeners that she had contracted coronavirus. File photograph: Tom Honan

It was the week when the full reality of the global pandemic hit home, and not just because presenters were broadcasting from their own houses. On Mon(...)

A woman plays the saxophone from her balcony during home confinement due to the novel coronavirus in Valencia. Photograph: Jose Jordan/STR/AFP via Getty

As we stepped uncertainly across the threshold of a new reality this week, there was an understandable sense of shock at how rapidly everything had ch(...)

John Banville, at home in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A phone call to Irish writer John Banville leading him to believe he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature was not made from the offices of the Swedi(...)

Margaret Attwood and Bernardine Evaristo, joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. Photographs: Getty Images

The literary world was taken by surprise tonight when the Booker Prize for 2019 was awarded to two books focusing on the experiences of women in socie(...)

Two days after being led to believe he had won the Nobel Prize in Literature, John Banville has said he believes the hoax bore all the signs of someon(...)

Organisers of the Nobel Prize in Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish writer John Banville (pictured) that he was to receive this year’s award. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Nobel Prize for Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish author John Banville that he was to rece(...)

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

John Banville: the Irish novelist will give two public readings as UCC’s professor of creative writing. Photograph: Getty

John Banville is to become visiting professor of creative writing at University College Cork. The award-winning novelist, a former literary editor of (...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

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