Martina Devlin

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Student Patrick Sutton at the launch of the National Adult Literacy Agency’s new collection, Voices. Photograph: Conor Healy

Dozens of Ireland’s best-known authors have contributed to a new book that marks 40 years of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). Roddy Doyle, (...)

Colm Tóibín: Whose job is it to solve the crisis? How strange that now, in the light of a housing crisis, one aspect of de Valera’s legacy (...)

Prof  Colin Harvey is one of more than 1,000 signatures on an open letter to Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

In 2017, Niall Murphy found himself having the same conversation over and over again. There was a “recurring theme” around the denial of rights in t(...)

Stacey Halls: ‘The Familiars’ was the subject of a nine-way bidding auction won by Bonnier Zaffre

A debut novel, The Familiars by Stacey Halls, cast a spell over the publishing world in November 2017. At a time when the #MeToo movement was beginnin(...)

Camille O’Sullivan performing at the Irish Embassy in London for St Brigid’s Day in 2018.

From London to Warsaw to Washington this weekend, events will be held around the world celebrating the talent and creativity of Irish women, to mark S(...)

A block of flats in Charlemont Street is named after Madeleine Ffrench-Mullen, the partner of Dr Kathleen Lynn, and the co-founder of St Ultan’s Hospital. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Dr Kathleen Lynn helped to found St Ultan’s Hospital for Sick Infants (Teach Ultain) in 1919, a female-run institution focusing on children’s healthca(...)

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(...)

Martina Devlin: With the About Sisterland trailer my intention is to convey the idea of a beautiful place, but chilly. And then I try to comunicate a sense of unease, to suggest something sinister underpinning the perfection. Photograph: Moya Nolan

I’m trying to write some graffiti on my bathroom mirror with a red Chanel lipstick. The new tube is dwindling at an alarming rate. ‘We Will Not Be Sil(...)

Martina Devlin on About Sisterland: “The theme is extremism: how and why it flourishes, and why societies need to guard against it. Cheer up, there’s kissing as well. Except people aren’t supposed to enjoy it in the future. Though of course people don’t always behave as they ought”

I’ve written a novel that may end up sharing shelf space in bookshops with stories about triple-breasted Space Age women toting phaser guns. I’m wo(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

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