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Mar 25, 2021

John Banville, who has killed off his own Benjamin Black pen name, is disturbed by explicit depictions of violence in popular culture.

He warns that people are constantly bombarded with graphic images. “There has to be more violence, more shock, more terror,” says the Booker Prize-winner, wondering where it will all...

Mar 11, 2021

Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan runs parallel careers as a director and novelist, and his latest book is his most cinematic yet.

It’s an historical novel, The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, about the true-life friendship between aristocrat turned revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald and the runaway...

Feb 25, 2021

“As someone prone to get lost in the darker currents of my own head I’ve found it healthier to get lost in a book,” says Danielle McLaughlin.

She speaks candidly about feelings of anxiety and how immersing herself in reading and writing is a positive way to deal with them.

Danielle switched from law – where she...

Feb 11, 2021

“The number 63 has come up for me time and time again in very strange ways,” says writer Louise O’Neill. “I have put it in each of my books."

One of her favourite reads is Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, which Louise read in St John o’ Gods while suffering from anorexia: “It was such an important book...

Jan 28, 2021

Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks about a time when books were banned in Ireland.

And how her mother, distinguished children's writer Eilís Dillon, had a cupboard of them which she handed out to the family.

“It was, of course, nonsensical that they were banned," says Eiléan.

“You had to go out and get them...