Roddy Doyle

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“The provision of art, music and literature for young audiences has grown enormously.” Aideen Howard, director of the Ark.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It is Friday morning in Temple Bar and the street sweepers are busy washing the cobblestones. Outside the Ark, the faces of 264 girls and boys gaze d(...)

His own family is grownup now and Doyle didn’t think he would write another children’s book until he got that letter.

“I got this letter, maybe three years ago, from a kid in England and it was the best letter I’ve ever got in my life. It started out, ‘Dear Roddy Doyl(...)

 Kevin Kennedy who used to play Curly Watts in Coronation Street but who is now starring in The Commitments, The Musical. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Before Kevin Kennedy was Curly Watts he was the bass player in Johnny Marr’s first band. As claims to fame go, learning to play Thin Lizzy covers in t(...)

David Kempster as Don Giovanni in   in a new translation of  Mozart’s opera  by Roddy Doyle and the Opera Theatre Company, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Don Giovanni ★★★★ Gaiety Theatre Roddy Doyle’s new translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera Theatre Company, his first full foray into the wo(...)

David Kempster in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’: a new translation by Roddy Doyle will be staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This (...)

Illustration by Dearbhla Kelly: ‘I went with this because I couldn’t choose a favourite character so I just tried to cram as many references (from memory) in there as possible’

Roddy Doyle I didn’t know Roald Dahl’s books when I was a child and I’ve never read his adult fiction. I started to read his children’s books when I(...)

The Writers’ Quarter: a man is strapped to a chair, his head hanging down, a gas mask attached to his mouth. His body shudders, words dripping into his subconscious, one by one. Photograph: Juan Monino/Getty

I wake and I am cold. I wake and I am hungry. I wake and I start to search for the words, for the stories. “Veronica.” I grab her shoulder and sq(...)

Irish soccer fans  watch Ireland playing Sweden in the Living Room bar on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“It’s our best European Championships since 1988,” says a man ordering a pint of stout seconds after the final whistle blows. He wasn’t wrong and that(...)

Illustration: iStock

The missus and me were up on the roof of the Ilac shopping centre, trying to catch a few eels for dinner, when we saw the ship come drifting out of t(...)

New literary style: Roddy Doyle around 1993. Photograph: Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

– Paddy Clarke – Paddy Clarke – Has no da. – Ha ha ha. I didn’t listen to them. They were only kids. If Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy (the entry(...)

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