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Eileen and Una Sealy and their studio shed

FROM SHEBEEN TO STUDIO, BUSINESS HQ TO WRITER'S RETREAT, LOCKDOWN HAS UNDERLINED HOW THERE'S A SHEDLOAD OF INSPIRATION TO BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF TH(...)

John O’Donnell: quick to hook the reader with each tale

Strap yourself in for a high-octane journey before opening John O’Donnell’s debut collection. The 15 short stories here are written with a flair for t(...)

There has also been chatter about the stuff on your face. Photograph: RoBeDeRo/Getty Images

There has been much talk about hair over the last few months. The communion of bald gits, cutting our own sparse mop for years, snort as our toilet re(...)

‘I hope writing is helping my young writing-club members – and all young writers all over Ireland and worldwide – to find solace at the moment,’ says children’s author Sarah Webb. Photograph: Getty Images

Sarah Webb, the award-winning children’s author and writing coach, has had a busy pandemic. She’s been running writing clubs for several years now and(...)

Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly (left) in a study of sexual harassment at Fox News, with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

What a cornucopia of delights are coming our way in 2020. We offer a few warnings. One or two of these may slide into 2021. On the upside, the odd exc(...)

‘Old-style’ fish andseafood soup at the Bistro

They bring you a fish head in the Bistro at the Guggenheim in the Basque city of Bilbao. It’s yellow with overlapping scales, a goatee and two eyes on(...)

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Pick a side. Obviously, the BBC’s list of “100 Novels that Shaped Our World” is terrible. All such lists are terrible. Each one generates complaints (...)

Late afternoon on Saturday at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

A rainbow glittering behind Olly Alexander as Years and Years brought their main stage set to a close was one of Saturday’s perfect Electric Picnic mo(...)

The spectacular display of produce at the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Jonathan Hession

How totally terrific are your tomatoes this year? The reason I ask is that the utterly splendiferous annual event that is the Totally Terrific Tomato(...)

Irish writer Mike McCormack’s 2016 novel, Solar Bones,  was the most commonly borrowed adult book in Irish libraries last year. File photograph: PA

Published over two decades ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone topped the list of the most borrowed library books in Ireland last year. The(...)

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