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(...)

Thirty is a good age to pause and take stock

My mother was, for some reason, singularly taken with a particular line from WB Yeats’s Sailing to Byzantium. This makes her sound, rather pompously, (...)

Author Ursula K Le Guin speaking at the University of Oregon in 2014. Photograph: Jack Liu via The New York Times

Ursula K Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with (...)

Katie Honan  as Eli and Craig Connolly as Oskar in ‘Let the Right One In’ at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

At one grimly appropriate moment during John Tiffany’s conversation, the lights suddenly go out and we are plunged into darkness. “I’ve heard about t(...)

Soylent founder Rob Rhinehart holds a bag of his food substitute powder. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The man who would replace food turns out to have quite an appetite. Rob Rhinehart, whose meal-substitute drink is a hit with Silicon Valley techies wh(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

The best dystopian novels are really about the societies in which they are written and not exercises in futurology

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. It inspired the title of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future in which firemen (...)

From up on Poppy Hill

“Ever since the wars, it seems the whole country is eager to get rid of the old and make way for the new,” notes Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger), the res(...)