Sylvia Plath

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Kaija Saariaho Photo: Andrew Campbell

Normally when I’m taking my seat at a concert, I switch my phone to airplane mode. After the public announcement requesting phones to be turned off, I(...)

Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh Leaving Cert student Sophie Hickey. ‘I’ve tried to balance all the study and work with a bit of rest and relaxation,’ she says. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

My world is built of past exam papers and mind maps. There’s only so many ways you can answer a question, but examiners can pose them differently from(...)

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Leaving Cert student Josh McGiff. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

It has been both the longest and shortest week ever. It started off waiting, waiting, eternally waiting, for the exams to finally start. Then it was(...)

Sylvia Plath’s appearance in Leaving Cert English paper two prompted relief in exam halls across the State.

Thousands of English students breathed a sigh of relief this afternoon when the poet Sylvia Plath appeared, as had been widely predicted, on the highe(...)

Thirty years ago, I worked at a theatre box office in London’s West End. Of an evening, staff from rival houses would gather for drinks in the “Italia(...)

Marise Gaughan: “Laughter gets people through everything”

What people have a tendency to overlook, says Marise Gaughan, is that “happy people don’t kill themselves”. The comedian is set to perform her one-wo(...)

Ann Henning Jocelyn and her Black German Shepherd Pushkin relaxing at the lookout point overlooking her home  with Cashel Bay and the townland of Doonreagan in the backround. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

When her father died very shortly after her birth, Swedish writer Ann Henning Jocelyn, along with her mother and two older siblings, went to live with(...)

Sylvia Plath with Frieda and Nicholas Hughes in 1962.

Sylvia Plath: Life Inside the Bell Jar Saturday, BBC2, 9pm This documentary explores Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel by looking at the wide(...)

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(...)

Connemara corncrake: Inishbofin, out on my horizon, is now one of the bird’s few strongholds and probably where Richard Murphy first heard its “staunchly nailed iambics”. Illustration: Michael Viney

Quicken your tune, O improvise, before The combine and the digger come, Little bridegroom. – Richard Murphy I was reading one of the many online(...)

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