William Trevor

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 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
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  • June 14, 2017, 11:00

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

Maeve Brennan sitting at the fireplace. Photograph from Angela Bourke’s Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker

Few writers possess the daunting mixture of resilience and vulnerability that Maeve Brennan brought to a small but powerful body of work, comparable (...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

William Trevor once described himself in modest terms as “ a storyteller”, suggesting that his fiction “may, now and again, illuminate the human condi(...)

Late writer William Trevor: Tributes paid in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin Seanad leader Senator Rose Conway-Walsh led tributes in the Seanad to the late writer William Trevor. She wanted to “acknowledge the wonder(...)

William Trevor: an Irish writer, an international writer, a great writer. Photograph: Eric Luke

Detached sympathy, irony and a masterful grasp of the essential menace lurking at the heart of human existence partly – although only partly – attempt(...)

William Trevor: “What is important is to take Irish provincialism . . . and to make it universal.” Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

William Trevor, one of the most prolific, successful, well-respected and well-loved of modern Irish writers, has died at the age of 88. He was perha(...)

Irish writer William Trevor has died at the age of 88. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork-born writer William Trevor has died at the age of 88, it has been announced. His publisher Penguin Random House UK said he passed away on Sund(...)

For his acceptance, Bob Dylan is giving a concert, not a reading – which says it all. Photograph: Istvan Bajzat/AFP/Getty Images

For the times they are a-changing . . . No doubt they are, and few artists know more about flux than Bob Dylan, this year’s surprise choice of Nobel L(...)

Joe Hone: February 25th, 1937-August 15th, 2016.  Photograph: Jack McManus

Joseph Hone, who has died in his 80th year, was an accomplished travel writer and novelist. His family tree included the painters Nathaniel Hone the E(...)

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