Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

Joe Duffy: Liveline broadcast a retro-themed special for RTÉ’s Cruinnú na Cásca cultural festival

Tuning into Liveline (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) on Easter Monday, it’s apparent something is up. Quips about “telegram polls” and references to the GPO o(...)

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

James Joyce was the last Irish author to have a novel published in Cuba. On Thursday, in a crowded auditorium at the Havana Book Fair, flanked by a (...)

  Michael D  Higgins and Raul Castro had a ‘warm, long and comprehensive’ discussion on the first day of his three day visit. Photograph: Adalberto Roquedal/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins held three hours of talks with his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro on the opening day of his state visit to Cuba. The discu(...)

The house on the Orlagh estate has  a floor area of 1,608sq m  and includes 31 bedrooms

A former Augustinian novitiate and retreat centre on almost 100 acres at Old Court Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, is expected to be used either as a m(...)

Anne Enright will help celebrate 25 years of the Irish Writers Centre with an event on Thursday. Photograph:   Alan Betson

The Centre Holds Smock Alley Theatre, Thursday, 10 November, 6:30pm The Irish Writers Centre is marking its 25th anniversary with an anthology of ess(...)

Lisa McInerney with the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel,The Glorious Heresies, which she is to adapt for TV.  “I’m so thrilled to be working with Fifty Fathoms and Julian Farino on adapting The Glorious Heresies for the screen. Champing at the bit, even,” McInerney told The Irish Times. Photograph: PA

The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction-winning debut, is to be made into a television series. The Bookseller tra(...)

“Nasty feedback has no place in a writing group, and neither does saying something is lovely.” Photograph: iStock

At the recent West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, would-be writers filled 11 week-long workshops, from memoir writing to travel, fiction, and poet(...)

 Paul McVeigh: ‘I edited a huge amount of swearing out of the story for publication here.’ Photograph: Roelof Bakker

Reading What I did on my summer holidays again was an unsettling experience. A peeking-through-your-fingers cringe you get looking at early work and t(...)

Lisa McInerney: “We knew we had found a major literary figure of the next generation when we made our choice last month,” said judge Iain Pears. “It’s good to see other prize judges have subsequently agreed with us. “ Photograph: Alan Betson

Lisa McInerney won her second major award in a fortnight tonight when her novel, The Glorious Heresies, was named winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize (...)