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Queen Elizabeth  is seen in London, England, on Saturday. The queen’s birthday honours have been released. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey (60) has been made an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours. Sharkey is one of several musician(...)

Lenny Abahamson on anti-Semitism: “You are in the box that stuff is pointed at, and your children are too. That’s quite a thing”

Lenny Abrahamson clatters into the conference room of Element Pictures’ canal-side Dublin offices. The window is open on early autumnal sun. He has bi(...)

Lenny Abrahamson: the Irish film-maker  will direct the adaption for BBC Three. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

Lenny Abrahamson, the Oscar-nominated Irish director of Room, is to direct an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People for the BBC. The book,(...)

Actors Ruth Wilson and Domhnall Gleeson arrive at the New York premiere of The Little Stranger last Thursday. Photograph: Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty

Virgin Media has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the Dublin International Film Festival from next year, replacing premium car brand Audi as the ba(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Imogen Hermes Gowar studied archaeology, anthropology and art history at the University of East Anglia before going on to work in museums

“What trapped creature does not strike out?” Inspired by a “real mermaid” in the British Museum, Imogen Hermes Gowar’s debut novel tells a most intere(...)

Jane Harris: her new novel charts the perilous journey of two slave brothers from Martinique to Grenada in the 18th century

Like their beloved fictional cousin the unreliable narrator, the inadequate narrator of a novel draws the reader into a tale by forcing them to take a(...)

Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”, starring Mark Rylance, premiered at the weekend. “The film delivers plenty of laughs and has the sort of cosy look that will appeal greatly to younger children . . . but lacks emotiohnal oomph.”

In recent years, the Cannes Film Festival, like so many cinema institutions, has been fighting accusations that it does not allow enough female voices(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Sarah Waters: ‘Sexual desire is a wonderful engine for a plot. My novels all have lesbian relationships and desire, but I’d never written a classic lesbian love story.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

‘I love research,” says Sarah Waters, author of some of the most popular and groundbreaking historical novels of the last 20 years. “Sometimes I th(...)

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