Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Writer

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
Author: Building young adult fiction requires a set of strong characters
Sam Blake has had much success with novels in the past and now she has a new YA series hitting the shelves.
This year
# sara baume
Cork writer nominated for prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize
The novel Seven Steeples follows a young couple who relocate to the countryside with their dogs for a life of solitude.
Last year
# New York
Salman Rushdie stabbing – man charged with attempted murder remanded in custody
24-year-old Hadi Matar rushed the stage where Rushdie was about to deliver a lecture and stabbed him in the neck and abdomen.
# blasket storyteller
New exhibition looks to rejuvenate the image of Peig Sayers
The seanchaí and storyteller’s autobiography was on the Leaving Cert until 1995.
Irish adventurer and travel writer Dervla Murphy dies aged 90
The Waterford writer wrote many books about her journeys abroad – often travelled by bicycle.
Tributes paid to ‘much-loved’ children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes
The 94-year-old’s Alfie series has been a long-running hit with children and parents alike.
All time
# Interview
Caitlin Moran: 'It continues to be a really revolutionary thing for a woman to say: I am happy'
We talk to the British author and columnist about her new book.
Opinion: Want to use this time to write a short story? Here are some top tips
We have some tips from author Vincent Woods to inspire you.
# curtis sittenfeld
What if Hillary Rodham had never married Bill Clinton? A new novel imagines the results
We chat to its author, bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld.
# a thousand moons
Sebastian Barry on his acclaimed new book: 'If I was wise I'd probably have done something else... but I'm not a wise man'
We speak to the Irish author and Laureate for Literature about his new novel, set in 1870s USA.
Hilary Fannin: 'My mother longed for freedom, for a romantic-whirlwind kind of world that existed far beyond our garden wall'
Author Hilary Fannin writes about her late mother, and how their relationship coloured her life.
# strange hotel
Eimear McBride: 'The amount of 'she's not a genius, she's a very naughty girl' I've got is just ridiculous'
The critically-acclaimed Irish author speaks to us about her new novel Strange Hotel.
# dita kraus
'I have a number on my arm from Auschwitz - and people say it never happened?'
Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus has written a memoir about her time in Auschwitz.
# the hungry road
'I thought - am I mad to be taking this on?': Marita Conlon McKenna on her new Famine book for adults
The author of the children’s classic Under the Hawthorn Tree has written a new book for adults about the Famine.
# A holy show
Heard that one about the play featuring a monk who hijacked an Irish plane?
We spoke to its writer and director Janet Moran about crafting A Holy Show.
A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'
The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.
# the butterfly effect
'I'm especially excited about being able to play people bespoke porn': Jon Ronson gets ready to visit Ireland
The writer and podcaster will be talking about his latest podcast series, The Last Days of August.
# northern heist
'Can you imagine how horrific that must be?': Ex-IRA man pens book about tiger robberies
Richard O’Rawe was one of the H-block Blanketmen during the Troubles, and has written previously about the life of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four.
# heartland
Patrick McCabe: 'There's a danger there's a tolerance of worthiness and political correctness in fiction that I find unattractive'
We spoke to the critically-acclaimed Irish author of books like The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto about his latest novel, Heartland.
'I'm heartbroken': Irish author Emma Hannigan laid to rest following 11-year battle with cancer
Emma Hannigan passed away last Saturday.
# Irish book awards
Frank McGuinness's journey from 'timid Donegal boy' to successful writer
We visited the writer in his office at UCD.
# bgeibas
Ruth Fitzmaurice: 'The writing just came out - it was raw inside me'
The author of I Found My Tribe, who is married to the late Simon Fitzmaurice, is nominated for an Irish Book Award.
# dracula
From mummified bodies to a civil service desk job, this was Bram Stoker's Dublin
We explored the connections the author of Dracula has to Ireland’s capital.
# Ross O'Carroll Kelly
'I spend my working life sitting behind a desk thinking in the voice of a south Dublin idiot'
Author Paul Howard turned a Dublin stereotype into a phenomenon.
# The Ginger Man
Acclaimed author JP Donleavy has died at age 91
The American author, who had Irish parents, died in hospital in Mullingar on Monday.
# monica mcinerney
From Australia to Ireland and back again: 'I realised I don't know where home is anymore'
The Irish-based Australian bestselling author tells us about how her own experience with emigration informed her new book.
# congrats are in order
Two Irish writers have been longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize
Mike McCormack and Sebastian Barry are two of the 13 writers who made the longlist.
# sara baume
'Everyone says you can achieve your dreams and life will be perfect - but it will never be'
Writer Sara Baume tells us what inspired her second novel, about a young woman’s quarter-life crisis.
Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96
The novel was made into an animated film in 1978.
Kevin Barry: 'Sometimes writing no longer seems like the thing I do, it seems like the thing I am'
The award-winning Irish writer tells us about his apprenticeship, and his journey from journalist to author.
# needlework
"I wrote from anger": This hard-hitting Irish book is about tattoos and tragedy
We spoke to the author, Deirdre Sullivan.
Wesley Burrowes, the man behind Glenroe, has died
He was 85.
# Irish book awards
His book was banned and burned, but JP Donleavy has had the last laugh
The author lives in a mansion in Mullingar, and paid him a visit.
# Eoin Colfer
Leprechauns and fantasy make this Irish author one of the most popular in the world
We sat down with the famous writer for a chat about his latest projects.
# Inspiring
He was attacked and left for dead, but Robert chose to 'get better, not bitter'
Robert Drake, an author, saw his life changed in one night.
# the green road
Meet the latest Irish novelist in the running for one of the world's biggest literary awards
She got the nod for her latest book, The Green Road.
# verdict is in
Harper Lee's long-lost novel has arrived - here's what we think of the first chapter
There’s an exclusive extract on line today.
Paolo Tullio laid to rest in Dublin
The funeral was held at Trinity College today.
# down all the days
More than his left foot: New archive shows the real life of Christy Brown
Photos, letters and paintings are all on show at the Little Museum of Dublin.
# creative spark
One day I was broke... then I got a call that changed everything
Colm Keegan is the new writer-in-residence at DLR Lexicon library in Dun Laoghaire.