Irish Chef Brian McDermott wins at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Irish chef Brian McDermott's cookbook Donegal Table: Delicious Everyday Cooking (published in 2018 by O'Brien Press) has won a major award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The awards took place on July 4th as part of the International Book Fair in Macau and McDermott's book came first in the category for...

National Mentoring Programme 2019

Words Ireland is a collective of seven literature organisations who work collaboratively to provide professional development and resource services to the literature sector.They have just announced their National Mentoring Programme. This is a valuable opportunity for twenty emerging writers to be mentored by professional writers.The National Mentoring Programme is open to writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s / YA fiction and...

NLI Children’s ‘Coat of Arms’ Workshop

Wednesday 10 July, 2pm - 3.30pm Learn about the ancient art of heraldry and the world of the knight, and then look at the ways coats of arms are used today. Children can design their own imagined coat of arms at this fun workshop!  Age group: 7 – 12 years.

July 7- NLI Children’s Workshop: Same Difference with Debbie Thomas

Tuesday 9 July, 2pm Who doesn’t love a good story? Come and explore how stories connect and delight us all. Children’s author Debbie Thomas will help you invent a pet, wage cutlery wars and go on a treasure hunt to find that nothing can bring us together and celebrate our differences like a story.

Kevin Barry (49): This Literary Life

Interview by Mary McCarthy The best research is done without realising it. I was a freelance journalist for 15 or 20 years and lived in many countries and you just kind of soak up the feelings of places and the kinds of atmospheres that...

Book Launch: ‘Organic Words’ by Hugh McFadden

Dublin launch: Wednesday 6th June 2019, Rathmines Library. Hugh McFadden is a poet and literary critic who worked for many years as a news copy editor with a national newspaper group. He has lived in Dublin for most of his life, but was born in Derry and spent part of his early...

West Cork Literary Festival

The West Cork Literary Festival runs on 12–19 July and welcomes a star-studded cast of writers to Bantry, Co. Cork. This year’s line-up includes Graham Norton, Mary Robinson, Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, Kit de Waal, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Anne Carson, Joanne Harris, Stephen James Smith, Patrick Gale and Tracey...

Red Line Book Festival

The Red Line Book Festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Now in its eighth year, the festival features talks, panels, workshops and theatre shows, as well as a full programme for families and schools. This year’s festival runs on 7–13 October, all across south County Dublin. See the...

John Hewitt International Summer School

‘Difficulties of Translation: translating difference into a shared conversation’ is the theme at this year’s John Hewitt International Summer School. There are over 40 events from more than 60 writers, artists, commentators and performers. Writers and artists around the world share their response to issues of contention as they examine how changing political circumstances affect how we...

Theo Dorgan: My Favourite

Theo Dorgan explains just why it’s impossible to have a favourite book. ONE OF THE MINOR HAZARDS of bringing out a new book is the phone call or e-mail from some young journalist who’s been tasked with filling space by getting you to answer one of those two-minute brain-dead quizzes—‘What’s your favourite restaurant/holiday destination/piece...