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
Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# Writing

This year
'That is an urban myth': John Boyne claims he never had a spat with Auschwitz memorial museum
Boyne had a wide-ranging interview with RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor.
All time
Irish non-fiction to look forward to in 2022
From history to photography.
Declan O'Rourke: 'I think we all have these ghosts and figures lurking in the past'
The Irish songwriter has written a book about the Famine, something that he never expected to do, he tells us.
Opinion: 'In my everyday reality, self-love doesn’t protect me from racial harassment, sexism and ableism'
An Post Irish Book Awards nominee Rosaleen McDonagh has written a searing book of essays – here, she writes about their genesis.
The winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 has been announced
The Third Day by Kevin Donnellan has won this year’s competition.
The Irish Read: Four young writers share their poetry
Enjoy new work by young Irish authors, excerpted from the Paper Lanterns journal, this Sunday morning.
Extract: Roisin Kiberd on how Facebook helped change the internet - and our lives
Writer Roisin Kiberd looks at the world of the internet – and the effect it has on our lives – in her new essay collection, The Disconnect. Here, she takes us through her early days online.
'It reinforced my sense of belonging': One Dublin One Book author Rónán Hession on his life in reading
Author Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is this year’s One Dublin One Book selection – here, he writes about the joy reading has brought to his life.
The books that brought writers like Roddy Doyle and Tana French comfort in 2020
Irish and Ireland-based writers, including Roddy Doyle, Sinéad Gleeson and Tana French, tell us about the books that soothed them this year.
'It's so astounding that a woman can disappear to that extent': Rediscovering the author of Ireland's greatest love poem
The Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa explores the life of the writer Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill in her lauded 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.
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.
'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.
These are the Irish novels to look out for in early 2020
It’s going to be a jam-packed year.
Episode 11 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Kieran Shannon - is out now
The much-respected journalist and author joins Gavin Cooney.
Dorothy Macardle: The rediscovery of an unlikely rebel and overlooked novelist
Macardle was a friend of Éamon de Valera, and he wrote the foreword to her book The Irish Republic.
'Rock and roll had come to town': The fascinating tale of JP Donleavy and his final posthumous novel
The legendary JP Donleavy’s publisher writes about how the author brought a ‘sprinkle of stardust’ with him when he arrived in Ireland.
A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'
The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.
Living in a remote house on a mountain inspired this €100k-winning novel about a murder
Idaho is inspired by author Emily Ruskovich’s childhood.
'It all started with my balls' - Colm Tóibín's moving essay about cancer is a must-read
The piece beautifully details his diagnosis to treatment.
Opinion: 'Why do we like reading about crime so much in Ireland? Because it offers escapism'
Crime writer Sam Blake explains that writing and reading crime can help you get away from the news when it’s grim. And unlike in real life, there’ll always be a satisfying ending.
Gerry Adams is publishing a cookbook and it'll be out for Christmas
The former Sinn Féin president has already published numerous memoirs and historical books.
Here were our favourite books of 2017 - what about you?
We want to know.
These Waterford teens have set up Ireland's first youth-run literary festival
We talked to them about how they did it.
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.
Stay-at-home mom turned vampire author Clare Daly: 'How I became a writer'
Clare Daly is about to self-publish her first novel, an Irish Vampire story, Our Destiny is Blood.
British writer of The Remains of the Day wins Nobel Prize for Literature
The prize is worth 9 million kronor (€1 million).
'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.
'My teacher told me not to get my hopes of an A in the Junior Cert up - now I'm on the syllabus'
Poet Hazel Hogan’s Grangegorman has been added to the recommended list.
This Northern Irish author's new novel could be the next Gone Girl
We talked to Stuart Neville, whose new book Here and Gone has been optioned for a movie.
An award-winning story before bedtime: I Could Have Been a Dancer
Read a story which won the First Fiction award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards.
'Parents protect children - but they deserve to know and understand what's happening in the world'
Author Jane Mitchell tells us why she wrote about the Syrian war in her latest book – and why she went to volunteer in Calais.
Irish author Sebastian Barry scoops major Book of the Year prize
The Costa Book of the Year was formerly known as the Whitbread prize.
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.
Munster memories, the physicality of modern rugby, the national anthem and all the week's best sportswriting
Plus, Harry Arter opens up about how his daughter’s memory has motivated him to help others.
These are the worst examples of writing about sex this year
Last year’s winner was former Smiths frontman Morrissey.
Irish crime writing is having a killer moment right now
We spoke to three of the country’s best authors to find out why.
8 reasons Marian Keyes is a proven national treasure
NOBODY say “chick lit”.
Tributes paid to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel wrote tens of books and was a professor and Nobel Prize winner.
Meet the Galway teen who's published her first book at just 16
We spoke to newly-published author Eilís Barrett, from Galway.