PJ Maher with his three-year-old grandson, feeding the ducks during their recent visit back to Dublin from Perth.

It is still early morning, and I am standing on the linking corridor between the car park and Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, one eye focused on my fli(...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

Although first published only eight years ago, Sherman Alexie’s ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ has already gained iconic status

The children’s books arriving for review in a column such as this may be divided into two categories: those which are new or recent publications and t(...)

Michael Hordern in a BBC adaptation of MR James’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad

1. The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm One of the finest short novels in the German language, it has everything: ambition, passion, r(...)

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Recent poetic interventions on RTÉ Radio 1 to celebrate the One City One Book programme are likely to have intrigued and beguiled listeners. Readers o(...)

Feast of Bones

The Ark****It is 1918, just after the war, and the world has truly been turned upside down. At Dublin restaurant Le Monde Bouleversé, a group of Frenc(...)