Boris Johnson: his contrived bluster concealed a man who was fantastically well prepared. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Last weekend I found myself sitting in a tent at the Dalkey Book Festival on the outskirts of Dublin, where the Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard (...)

 Aylan Kurdi’s body lies on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015.  Photo  Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images

In September 2015, we were told that publishing the image of the drowned body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was a turning point, spurring empathy for t(...)

British writer Jim Crace has won this year’s IMPAC award for his novel Harvest.

This year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been won by the revered British writer Jim Crace with his dramatic pastoral Harvest. He is (...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

Colum McCann: he is the only previous Impac winner on the shortlist, having won in 2011 for ‘Let the Great World Spin’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A wide-ranging selection of novels including last year’s Man Booker winner are among the 10 contenders for the 2015 International Impac Dublin Literar(...)

David Malouf: poet and storyteller, he is one of the world’s finest writers and the surest way to experience his rare art is to simply read all of his elegant, graceful work. Photograph: Michael Stuparyk / Toronto Star via Getty Images

Early in the morning of January 26th, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillips, of the First Fleet and skipper of HMS Supply, rowed into Sydney Cove, Port Jac(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? In print, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North was a beautiful, deeply affecting n(...)

‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

Not even the smallest irony is ever lost on Tasmanian Richard Flanagan. He wrote history books before turning to the risky art of fiction. “The(...)

Sidney Nolan’s portrait of Ned Kelly, the bushranger who was the subject of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning novel, The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)

The Aloe (1930), Katherine Mansfield Published posthumously by her husband John Middleton Murry, The Aloe is an extended version of Mansfield’s(...)

iTuning out: from U2’s Apple tie-in ad for The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)

Two people, one a writer, the other a musician. Two statements, the first made in a moment of triumph, the second in one of contrition. Richard Flanag(...)

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