Ian Mcewan

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 Actor Saoirse Ronan attends IFP’s 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27th, 2017 in New York City. File photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP

A little bit of Oscar season touched down in Smithfield on Friday night when Saoirse Ronan attended a VIP screening of Greta Gerwig’s irresistible Lad(...)

Daniel Craig: The other Bonds just  wore the suit. This one was scarily real. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while sim(...)

Along for the ride: Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin takes readers on a madcap trip into a drug-fuelled night

Voice is one of the most important aspects of fiction. If a reader can connect with a character, even an unlikable one, chances are they will enjoy th(...)

David Simon, creator of HBO series The Wire, called John Banville “f**knuts” on Twitter. Photograph: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Are you familiar with the word “f**knuts” ? Let the Urban Dictionary enlighten you: “A person so annoying and dumb that they can no longer be classed (...)

Ian McEwan: “Things always seem to be getting worse. But we’re probably wrong about that.” Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

“So here I am,” Ian McEwan’s new book begins, “upside down in a woman.” The English writer has always taken a keen interest in the condition of human(...)

Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones.

Saoirse Ronan ascends yet another rung on the ladder of fame as she appears on the international cover of this week’s Time magazine. The Irish actor(...)

Stage, script and screen: Nuala Goodman, Sharon Horgan, Ros Hubbard, Saoirse Ronan, Eavan Boland and Belinda McKeon

Saoirse Ronan Actor The success of Brooklyn, driven by Ronan’s beautiful performance, has elevated her to another level. She has emerged from the n(...)

German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

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