Sara Baume

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Sarah Davis-Goff. Photo by Bríd Donovan

Sarah Davis-Goff: Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press, publication March 7th) A girl called Orpen journeys from east to west across a post-apocalyptic (...)

Sinéad Gibney and Des Bishop

What is your spirit animal? Des Do you not know yours? Sinéad No. Des Well, I always thought my spirit animal was a dolphin, but whe(...)

A retelling of King Lear set in a corrupt, contemporary India. A young Finnish girl’s bleakly funny immigrant childhood. A Trinity graduate’s languid (...)

Award-winning novelist Sara Baume. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill
My Leaving: Sara Baume

What is your most vivid Leaving Cert memory? I remember the faux-wood surface of my designated desk, and how the light played across it, and the soun(...)

Sally Rooney: The debut novelist delivers a dynamic tale about the messy, overlapping relationships between four captivating characters. Photograph: Jonny Davies

As Anne Enright wrote in her 2011 novel The Forgotten Waltz, being the “Not Wife” is a delicate business. It’s a lesson that 21-year-old Frances, the (...)

Sara Baume: a virtuoso of metaphoric description. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Sara Baume’s first novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, was a beautiful, very sad book about two pariahs, a physically unlovely man (“the plundering mas(...)

Karl Geary: has written a luminous first novel  full of tension and tenderness. Photograph: Ollie Grove

“You were the hero in your dream of saving her, even with everything you didn’t know about her.” Sixteen-year-old Sonny is a romantic at heart, the yo(...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

The seven Irish books on the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award longlist

Seven Irish writers feature on the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

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