Robert Graves

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“Thou dost have more hair than when last we met,” says John Spillane when my hairy face appears on his screen. “That’s a line from Coriolanus. I did i(...)

Anyone interested in writing good sentences proper should get The Reader Over Your Shoulder by the poet Robert Graves and his collaborator Alan Hodge.(...)

 Portrait of Enid Starkie by Patrick George. Time magazine referred to her as “a brilliant Rimbaud scholar who pub-crawls about Oxford in bright red slacks and beret while smoking cigars”. Courtesy of Somerville College, Oxford

‘A bit of a character” is how an Irish newspaper journalist once referred to Enid Starkie. The colourful Dublin-born academic worked in Oxford Univers(...)

Robert Graves: Limerick struck him as “war-ravaged” even in peace. Photograph: Bob Gomel/The Life Images Collection via Getty Images

When the poet and novelist Robert Graves was born 125 years ago this week, the event took place in London and not, as it might have, in Limerick, a ci(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

1 The bright-eyed little alien mammal in my drawing, newly spreading in Leinster, is Muscardinus avellanarius, the only living species in its genus. W(...)

All Quiet on the Western Front: from the film of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

For some years after the end of the first World War, the memoirs of generals and statesmen dominated publication about it – none more prominently than(...)

Collections from Theo Dorgan, Seamus Heaney, Anne Haverty and James Harpur

Paris, Lisbon, Aarhus, Poland, India, Russia and, most of all, Armenia are among the places visited in Anne Haverty’s new book, A Break in the Journey(...)

Conor Power retraces his steps after getting lost near Deía in Majorca.

When two friends suggested a week-long walking holiday in Majorca, my initial reaction was “What . . . a staggering tour of beaches and nightclubs?” (...)

Fr John Coghlan: served as a chaplain in two world wars

In a controversial passage of his memoir Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves praised the courage of Roman Catholic chaplains who had served alongside h(...)

The old Meath Hospital site before the move out to Tallagh

Recent debate on RTÉ’s Live Line about the case for a decent burial for the Irish giant, Cornelius McGrath, casts a light on how doctors portray the h(...)

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