US president Donald Trump:  the US midtterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

During the long and increasingly grim political summer of 2016, amidst the first presidential campaign for which I was back in the US after eight year(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Director Todd Haynes on the set of Wonderstruck. Photograph: Mary Cybulski, Amazon Studios & Roadside Attraction

I’ve been bumping into Todd Haynes for years. We know each other well enough that he can offer two thumbs up to my shirt. “That colour of pink – it g(...)

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(...)

Sean Connery and Molly Peters in 'Thunderball'. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

A full 54 years ago, speaking to (what else?) Playboy magazine, Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, parried accusations that the character should be r(...)

What a wash of light. What a draft of colour. What dammed reservoirs of emotion. Luca Guadagnino’s sun-dappled romance just about deserves the extrava(...)

Along for the ride: Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin takes readers on a madcap trip into a drug-fuelled night

Voice is one of the most important aspects of fiction. If a reader can connect with a character, even an unlikable one, chances are they will enjoy th(...)

Since 2013, Pushkin Press’s imprint ONE and its editor, Elena Lappin, have unearthed quite a few gems of debuts. Issuing one title a season, more ofte(...)

Keggie Carew: Does an impressive job of sorting through mountains of records, recordings, official archives and family diaries and letters to create a coherent and sometimes compelling narrative of her father’s wars. Photograph: Juliette Foyhr

What is it about the lives of others? Narrated after the fact, they can seem so offhandedly heroic – even, and perhaps most strikingly, when they are (...)

Leading role: Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. Photograph: Getty Images

Star of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Simon Callow is among the actors who will attend the 60th Cork Film Festival which opens Friday night and runs fo(...)

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