Louise O Neill

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Marian Keyes: 'A mermaid blanket operates like a zipless sleeping bag, but unlike a sleeping bag, it’s beautiful.' Photograph: Alan Betson

Once upon a time, I was at a party (this is a horror story) and I was wearing very high, very expensive shoes (this was a party during the Celtic Tige(...)

Lux Langley, the teenage protagonist of The Taste of Blue Light, who thinks, feels and even dreams in colour

Synaesthesia is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to an automatic experience in another(...)

Jarlath Regan: his kidney donation episode, in which he discusses the realities of organ donation, is stunning

It’s 2017 and we are long past the sunset of Irish pirate radio’s boom: but instead of carrying on in silence, we’ve stumbled upon a new dawn. As a fo(...)

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown, Netflix’s lavish new regal drama

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” A(...)

Author Louise O’Neill in RTÉ documentary Asking for It

“That is sexual assault,” a journalist told Donald Trump, calmly and carefully, during the second US Presidential debate. “Do you understand that?” As(...)

Shappi Khorsandi: There is plenty of interesting material explored in Nina’s world, from identity to bisexuality, female friendship to addiction

‘There is an elephant sitting on my chest and I want to push it off.” 17-year-old Nina Swanson describes the fear as she wakes up in her bedroom the (...)

George W Bush may or may not have said that the French have no word for entrepreneur, but English certainly has no good word for zeitgeist. The “spir(...)

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

We all know not to anger the feminists by calling books written by women “chick lit” but often the terms used to replace it are just as grating. Take (...)

Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, was a major theme of a “soapbox” event organised by the National Women(...)

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