Ronan Bennett

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Family: Ballymun was chosen ‘because it’s an internationally recognisable landscape’ for a story that could happen in any city

Twenty-five years ago this month something significant happened on Irish television that wasn’t Riverdance. Over four weeks in May 1994, the country w(...)

Anyone for torture? BBC’s Gunpowder

In England, in 1603, it was hard to know what to believe in. By the time James I was on the throne, England had officially gone from Roman Catholicis(...)

Neil Jordan has written two novels since his road injury. Photograph: Kay-Paris Fernandes/Wire Image

In the hours before a special screening marking the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins, the director has been checking over the brand (...)

Jo Berry,  whose father Anthony Berry MP was killed by the Brighton bomb, with Patrick Magee, the man who planted the device at the launch of an exhibition on forgiveness in 2005. Photograph: PA

When I mentioned having studied ‘Troubles fiction’ while in prison, typically, the novels of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour, I often meet with pol(...)

Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

It’s the light, it’s the heat that hits you with the force of a punch to the chest, it’s the menaced turn and stare into the eyes of an animal more(...)