Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

The science-fiction writer Arthur C Clarke reckoned that, rather than Earth, a better name for our planet would be Sea. Clearly of a similar mind, Phi(...)

Jon McGregor: winner of the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award, he just been named by The Guardian as one of the “top 10 writers to see live”, so now is your chance!  Photograph: Alan Betson

Impac awardwinning author Jon McGregor is participating in Dublin’s annual European Literature Night, on Thursday, May 15th, at 6.30pm, in the Read(...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)

I heard Jimmy Crowley singing in a hotel in Bantry, during the West Cork Literary Festival. He was inside the door of the bar with a modest PA system (...)

Egyptian author and activist Ahdaf Soueif: spoke with the insight as well as the experience of a seasoned liberal campaigner. Photograph: Tony McElhinney

The brine-laden air of Bantry may seem a far cry from Cairo, but rarely can a literary event have coincided so dramatically with a popular up-rising a(...)

Roz Savage rowing across the Pacific from San Francisco to Honolulu

It may be wise to write your own obituary, but not if it lands you out alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Yet it was in response to this self-h(...)

Filial devotion: Melvyn Bragg with his mother, Mary, who had Alzheimer’s disease and died last year

S ixyears ago, Melvyn Bragg learned that his mother had Alzheimer’s disease. Hoping to stem the tide of illness, he began to spend more and more time (...)

Here’s a heartening tale. In 1995, a group of islanders on Arran, known as the “sleeping warrior” on Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, became fed up of the c(...)

Satirical homage in Trim, Co Meath: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), as depicted in an oil  painting by Charles Jervas. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Jonathan Swift was appointed vicar of Laracor, near Trim, Co Meath, in 1700, and each year Trim pays homage (and boosts local tourism) with the Swift (...)

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