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Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

Yvonne Cassidy at the beach at Fire Island, New York last summer.

I started to write this piece before, a few weeks ago. I was then writing about what it was like to be quarantined in New York, what the city felt lik(...)

Sarah Phelps’ latest Agatha Christie adaptation (BBC One, Sunday, 9pm) has something for everyone. Suspicious deaths, a coven of witches (headed by a (...)

Elizabeth O’Kelly: “She was very quiet . . . She would have reminded you of Miss Marple.” Photograph: Alf Harvey

Fr Seán Kelly says that when Elizabeth O’Kelly gave him €12,000 to help fund the painting of the Catholic Church in Stradbally, Co Laois, she insisted(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

With more than 650 entries in this year’s Irish Times Travel Writer competition in association with Travel Department, our judges have had some diffi(...)

Jess Kidd: The author “has a lovely, unforced style, but perhaps she still needs to find the right genre to showcase her talents”.

Poisoned scones, letter bombs, a hero who sees dead people and a 1970s Irish village desperate to maintain its pious facade: the ingredients for myst(...)

 Agatha Christie has been portrayed on screen by Vanessa Redgrave, Anna Massey, Peggy Ashcroft and Olivia Williams.  Like Miss Marple in Nemesis, Christie toured the Great Gardens of Ireland in the 1950s.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images

Although her name is shorthand for “murder mystery” and she is the most translated and biggest-selling writer in history, Agatha Christie shunned pub(...)

Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is back in Sweden for the second episode of the series next Sunday after an unlikely trip to sunny, warm South Africa. Photograph: Steffan Hill/Left Bank Pictures

Wallander in sunshine in the southern hemisphere? It’s as bizarre an idea as Miss Marple sleuthing in the Bronx. In every other series of Wallander, (...)

Inglourious Basterds (film notes) 2010 by Rose Wylie. Courtesy of the artist and Union, London

Rose Wylie Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin **** Having studied painting in the 1950s, Rose Wylie put her work on the back burner so that (...)

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