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  • Colm Tóibín says he couldn't read until aged nine

    07 Oct Proving that being a late bloomer often has advantages, Wexford-born author Colm Tóibín has revealed that he could not read until he was nine years of age.

  • Winner of Francis MacManus award announced

    30 Sep The winner of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2015 is Eleanor O'Reilly for her story Stoppin' the Silence.

  • Irish-English author nominated for $100k prize

    05 Oct Irish-English author Anakana Schofield has been nominated for Canada's prestigious $100,000 Giller Prize for her forthcoming novel Martin John.

  • Australian crime writer wins Gold Dagger award

    30 Sep Celebrity memoir ghostwriter and crime novelist Michael Robotham has beaten books by JK Rowling and Stephen King to win the Crime Writers' Association's Dagger awards.

  • Mike Mac Domhnaill Sifting

    05 Oct Mike MacDomhnaill won the Francis MacManus Short Story award in 2013 and his debut collection avoids the contemporary, choosing mostly to portray aspects of mid-twentieth century life in rural County Limerick with strikingly imaginative verve and skill.

  • Donal Ryan considered giving up publishing deal

    25 Sep Writer Donal Ryan considered ending his three-book deal with his publishers as he found writing some of the stories too difficult.

  • The Ryan Line: Booker Nominee reveals deal stress

    24 Sep Donal Ryan's  first book of short stories, A Slanting of The Sun was the difficult third book for the author of The Spinning Heart, and became so challenging that he contemplated ending his publishing deal, he tells Paddy Kehoe.

  • Life with The Dubliners recalled in poetry

    23 Sep John Sheahan, the fiddle player who toured the world with legendary folk band The Dubliners for almost 50 years, has written a book of poems recalling some of his favourite memories.

  • Joan pays emotional tribute to sister Jackie

    20 Sep Joan Collins has paid tribute to her "beautiful brave baby sister" Jackie who has died after a battle with cancer.

  • Ross O'CK's voice is always in Paul Howard's head

    18 Sep Ross O'Carroll Kelly author Paul Howard says that he spends his whole day with his creation's voice in his head and adds that his job is "essentially to sit in an office and think in the voice of an idiot for 10 hours a day."

  • Book Review: The Love Boat and other stories

    17 Sep F Scott Fitzgerald wrote so much more than The Great Gatsby and his short stories have a bittersweet sense of 'felt life.' Alma Classics are currently republishing lots of Fitzgerald in impressive editions

  • Book Review: Jack Reacher's back in Make Me

    16 Sep It's the 20th book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. Harry Guerin thinks there could be some changes ahead for this hero of our time.

  • Maurice Riordan The Holy Land/ The Water Stealer

    16 Sep Cork poet Maurice Riordan has written beautifully of his rural upbringing in Lisgoold, County Cork, in the collections Floods, The Water Stealer and The Holy Land. Rendered in a Munster accent, Riordan's is a different take from Seamus Heaney's view.

  • Anne Enright misses out on Booker shortlist

    15 Sep The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize has been announced, but there is disappointment for Irish author Anne Enright and her new book, The Green Road.

  • F Scott Fitzgerald The Love Boat and Other Stories

    15 Sep The author of The Great Gatsby wrote so much more than that classic novel, or novels such as Tender Is the Night and The Beautiful and the Damned. His short stories have a bittersweet sense of felt life, of virtue and strength found in unlikely places.

  • Hynde didn't want her parents to read her memoirs

    13 Sep Chrissie Hynde has revealed that she waited until her parents had passed away before publishing her memoirs as she "would have had to leave out the bad language and tell a lot of lies".

  • Tóibín wants Ireland to follow Germany's lead

    12 Sep Irish author Colm Tóibín has said he wishes that Ireland would follow Germany's lead in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis.

  • Irish hopes on Enright for Man Booker shortlist

    13 Sep The Man Booker shortlist will be announced on Tuesday with Irish author Anne Enright's latest novel, The Green Road, in contention.

  • Salman Rushdie: "Culture has no armies"

    12 Sep Author Salman Rushdie has commented on the destruction of cultural artifacts, such as the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which was destroyed recently by Islamic State saying "culture has no armies."

  • Sinéad Moriarty puts phone on silent while writing

    12 Sep Dublin author Sinéad Moriarty has revealed that keeping her phone on silent is a must when she is writing a book, even though it "drives everybody mad" not being able to get through to her.