Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year Of The Runaways, one of six books that shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

We live in a world of white noise. Actually, not so white. Headlines are the blood red of terror attacks; social media is an explosion of fluorescent(...)

The write stuff: Barbara Leahy, Marie Gethins, Marie Murphy and Danielle McLaughlin – “trust and respect enable us to share very rough drafts or discuss ideas at an embryonic stage”

It began with worms. In the spring of 2011 I joined Lory Manrique-Hyland’s writing workshop held at the Munster Literature Centre. Over the followi(...)

Graham Norton in Bantry. Photograph: Darragh Kane

  1 Stories come from the strangest places What inspires Danielle McLaughlin to write a short story? A character? A situation? At a fr(...)

 Members of the G-JINX Twister aerobatic display team perform  to a huge crowd  during the Bray Air Display last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bray Summerfest this weekend features the annual free air display on Sunday at 2pm. Other events playing out over Saturday and Sunday include the Summ(...)

‘I don’t see the point of dutiful adaptations. I want a movie to be a great piece of cinema in its own right.’ Michel Faber, author of Under The Skin

Over the past 20-odd years, Michel Faber’s writing has been anything but predictable. His first novel, Under The Skin, examined life along a remote Sc(...)

Phone-hacking scandal: Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp, ultimate owner of the News of the World, in 2011. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Back in the early days of Nick Davies’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, someone contacted students who had attend(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Romanian communist party general secretary and president Nicolae Ceaucescu in Bucharest on November 20th, 1989, addressing party members. He and his wife Elena were executed by firing squad in December that year. Photograph: Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images

On the morning of March 10th, 1983, a provincial grocer by the name of Ion Bugan put on his best suit, got into his red Dacia and drove to Buchares(...)

Writer Dermot Healy pictured near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

“The bad times were over at last.” At a sad moment such as this the opening sentence of Dermot Healy’s finest novel, A Goat’s Song (1994) has even fur(...)

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