Joseph Brodsky

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 For visual artists, one  stand-by for income has traditionally been teaching, whether part-time or full-time

What happened this week? Last Monday Leo Varadkar and Heather Humphries launched an initiative to make it easier for artists and writers to access so(...)

 Derek Walcott  in Saint Malo, France, in 1993. Photograph:  Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Lamentation will rend the air today, and not just in his native St Lucia in the Caribbean, but everywhere poetry is revered. Derek Walcott, who died o(...)

‘It can be easy to construct a narrative within our lives that leads us to focus on our own suffering.’

Self-pity is a form of self-victimisation. It can be easy to construct a narrative within our lives that leads us to focus on our own suffering. We’re(...)

For his acceptance, Bob Dylan is giving a concert, not a reading – which says it all. Photograph: Istvan Bajzat/AFP/Getty Images

For the times they are a-changing . . . No doubt they are, and few artists know more about flux than Bob Dylan, this year’s surprise choice of Nobel L(...)

Astill from Andrew Pike’s animation Going to War over a Banana Truck (2009-2010)

The Laughing Heart Callan, Kilkenny Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Mary Cody, Sinéad Fahey, Fergus Fitzgerald, Karl Fitzgerald and Andrew Pike Galway (...)

Andrei Makine: “French gives me the distance writers need. You need to be away from something, a memory, a country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It could easily be presented as a story from another era, the dramatic defection of a young Russian while on an official visit to France. A casual gl(...)

James Joyce: no stranger to ghosts. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

WB Yeats is often viewed as being away with the fairies in the Celtic twilight, whereas James Joyce is considered a man of this world, grounded in th(...)

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Tim Robinson is leaving Connemara. Not physically, not emotionally, but after several decades of roaming, recording and interpreting the Atlantic seas(...)

Kilkenny life: Hubert Butler and Maiden Hall, his family home, in Co Kilkenny. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh and Suzanna Crampton

If the Lilliput Press had achieved nothing else for Irish intellectual life than introduce and celebrate Hubert Butler’s essays (and it has done much (...)

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