Maeve Higgins

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Cannes do spirit: the main competition jury at the opening ceremony of the French film festival, which is also a marketplace for film-makers from all over the world, including Ireland. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty

As you read this, the lower decks of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes are awash with producers, distributors and funders. There has been all kinds o(...)

 Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan  opens January 18th

 Ad Astra Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt (lucky him, lucky her) on a mission to Neptune. Pointy-headed James Gray, the man behind The Lost City of Z,(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

The best podcasts of 2018

In 2018, I have listened to a new podcast, or two, every week. The medium is at a point where it is cresting – something beyond just playing out forms(...)

Josepha Madigan: “I loved The Killing of a Sacred Deer, even though it terrified me.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Favourite current book I’ve just finished a book of 16 fascinating short stories called The Far Side of Happiness by Gerry Boland, which he gave me w(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill: “I watch Rory O’Connell’s show How to Cook Well religiously”

Current favourite book I often go back to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows but right now I’m reading Alice McDermott’s Someone. She’s an Ame(...)

Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins in Dublin. Higgins says she wasn’t thinking about climate change on a day-to day-basis until she began working with Robinson. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Some partnerships make instant sense when you hear of them, no matter how unlikely they initially appear. For a new climate change podcast – Mothers O(...)

Former  president of Ireland Mary Robinson: “I never had to consider evacuation of a country” like certain developing countries threatened by rising sea levels.   Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Former president Mary Robinson has said she was “saddened” to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refer to Ireland as being a “laggard” in tackling climate ch(...)

Bloom 2018 at the Phoenix Park has an eclectic mix of stunning show gardens, tantalising food features and fun for all the family. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography

BELFAST AVA Festival S13 Warehouse and the Mac, Belfast, June 1st-2nd avafestival.com This audio-visual arts (ava) festival and conference is wh(...)

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