’My husband and I had included him in the excitement of the pregnancy, and now he had to be included in the grief.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Picture the scene. I’m heavily and obviously pregnant. I’m standing in a Dublin bookshop, and I’m saying to the bookseller, "Um ... do you have anythi(...)

Debut author Yasmin Rahman devoured books about mental health issues as a teenager suffering from depression and engaging in self-harm

Hope is the thing with content warnings on, as Emily Dickinson didn’t say. These notes to readers at the beginning of a book, advising them that there(...)

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 (...)

I’m a Girl!: for the heroine of Yasmeen Ismail’s book her sex is a point of pride, even if it defies stereotype and the expectations of those around her

“I’m a girl!” the heroine of Yasmeen Ismail’s picture book of the same name shrieks as she scoots around, making messes and unbearable noise. “I’m sup(...)

Fourth class pupils at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, with Arts Council director Orlaith McBride and writer Siobhán Parkinson. The Writers in Schools programme recently celebrated its 40th birthday. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

It’s Friday afternoon, an hour before school closes, but the fifth class students at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross betray no giddiness a(...)

Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch and Siobhán Parkinson, Eoin Colfer and Niamh Sharkey with children from Rutland National School:  Children’s Books Ireland celebrates 20  years with the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries fund.

The late Robert Dunbar, who championed children’s literature on the pages of The Irish Times for many years, will be remembered by a new memorial fund(...)

Paul Gamble: new book features time travel in which ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ is a  scientific principle

“Secrets in a family can make you feel a bit like there’s someone inside your head in a big rage, throwing heavy things around.” Sarah Moore Fitzgeral(...)

Siobhán Parkinson, publisher, Little Island Books

Are you a saver or a spender? Mostly a saver. I think one’s attitude to money is determined partly by personality, taste and general outlook, upbring(...)

Siobhán Parkinson, author Kevin Stevens and Gráinne Clear of Little Island. Photograph: Mark Granier

Little Island is an independent children’s publisher based in Dublin and we’re just about to celebrate our fifth birthday and publish our 50th book(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

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