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  • New Seamus Heaney exhibition for Dublin

    07 Oct Fans of the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney are in for a treat with news that a landmark exhibition celebrating his life and work will go on display at Dublin's new Cultural and Heritage Centre in 2017.

  • 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.