Sylvia Plath

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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(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

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 (...)

Dakota Fanning: “If you’re not challenging yourself, that’s no fun.” Photograph:  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

For the longest time, Dakota Fanning was framed as an “old soul” by her invariably impressed co-stars. Glenn Close deployed the phrase when, in 2005, (...)

Daniel Craig: The other Bonds just  wore the suit. This one was scarily real. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while sim(...)

‘My adolescent self was very struck when she read Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel, The Bell Jar’

Sometimes, as an adult, you collide unexpectedly with your own adolescence. Without having time to prepare beforehand, the experience can be discombob(...)

Alexandra Kleeman: “The author is great on the beauty industry, including a wonderful sequence where A literally paints B to life.”

“B and I were both petite, pale, and prone to sunburn. We had dark hair, pointy chins, and skinny wrists; we wore size six shoes. If you reduced each (...)

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