In Threads of Life, Clare Hunter – a distinguished textile artist – explores the many ways in which women (and some men) have expressed themselves through sewing in general, and embroidery and appliqué in particular
Non-fiction: The Wild Remedy, By Emma Mitchell, Michael O’Mara Books, €17.95 Ten years ago th...
With the promise of new titles from some of the biggest names in Irish and international literature, as well as a wide array of exciting debuts, this year is already shaping up to be a good one for book lovers. Anna Carey selects the upcoming highlights
History: Murder by the Book: By Claire Harman, Penguin Viking, €17.25 On a May morning in 1840,...
FICTION: The House on Vesper Sands, By Paraic O’Donnell, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €17.50 Wh...
‘Things have changed hugely now [for women]. And I think it’s changing because generations feel younger in ourselves and expect to see ourselves reflected and stories that interest us’
Drawn to the stage by reading Shakespeare at school, Ingrid Craigie has had a long and distinguished acting career and is about to appear in a new Druid production of Richard III, writes Anna Carey
Irish academic institutions have been late to establish creative writing courses, but as DCU becomes the latest to add a qualification to its timetable, Irish authors say it’s time we took the romance out of writing and rooted the craft in hard work and talent
Curtis Sittenfeld has always written brilliantly about young adulthood, and her characters are often wrestling with the remnants of their younger selves
AJ Pearce is a natural storyteller with a light and witty touch, and the book is at its best when it embraces absurdity