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A detail from Lakeside, by Kevin Cosgrove from his exhibition A Peening Sound. Image courtesy of the artist and Mother’s Tankstation
Your favourite artwork from 2016
  • Books
  • January 9, 2017, 14:30

At the end of our series Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks we had a collection of books, plays, paintings, sculptures and other artworks that gave a pott(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

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(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Belinda McKeon: one of many authors to graduate from a creative writing course

In the 1980s the Man Booker winner Anne Enright had to take the boat to England; so did the short-story supremo Claire Keegan. John Boyne had to take (...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)

Playwright Frank McGuinness:  ‘Is it surprising that in those classrooms poetry was drudgery, prose breaking stones?’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Remembering my schooldays in Donegal, in the fearful 1950s and 1960s, could I ever then believed I might one day see the words “imagination” an(...)