Shane Hegarty

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Louisa Cameron of Raven Books: ‘I saw the difference that having a 90-second conversation from the garden gate could make to people.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Louisa Cameron has become a familiar sight over the pandemic, whizzing through coastal south county Dublin on her bike, its basket stacked high with (...)

Shane Hegarty in action. It’s not the same as meeting at a festival, or in a bookshop or library, but talking to readers from your desk means giving a different insight into where you create, how you find ideas and the nitty-gritty of the process. File photograph: Ger Holland

On March 12th last year I was sitting in a blustery, empty car park in Blackpool, Lancashire, eating a bland prepacked sandwich beside a giant mural o(...)

Sunset in the town of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

As restaurants prepare to open, we asked well-known people about the meal they remember the most Joe Duffy: Breakfast in the woods Br(...)

Dubray Books managing director Maria Dickenson: “I think Irish readers love communication and coming into the store where they meet the staff and other customers.”
Keeping it in the family

Ireland’s SMEs have shown incredible resilience and flexibility over the years. One wonders how some of them are still standing, having endured some o(...)

Author Eoin Colfer in 2012. His ‘Artemis Fowl’ series is set to be rendered on screen next year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Once upon a time Irish children’s literature consisted of a handful of authors with a middling profile and modest domestic sales. Apart from two main (...)

“Look at that Lego mariachi band!” “I want to go on the Lego rollercoaster now!” “Oh wow, a Lego Death Star being blown up by Lego X-Wings while a l(...)

Gateway to castle Marburg

They must have great calf muscles in Marburg. Their ankles must be able for any challenge. The cobbled streets of this medieval German town demand – a(...)

'Harry Potter is a big part of a broader trend in which children’s culture became valued and valuable. Yet what it did for the books business alone is unique.'

Twenty years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and you will find the impact of the books in so many places it’s hard to know where to beg(...)

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(...)

Enda Kenny adopted the same statemanlike air of last week’s debate, remaining on the ringside for the most part until called upon to comment.  Photograph: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

Call us childish but the most diverting element of the debate was when Micheal Martin dropped his prompt-sheet on the floor around 30 minutes in and i(...)

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