Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Delving below Healy’s surface is rewarding  and illuminating

Delving below Healy’s surface is rewarding and illuminating

Literary fiction; Dermot Healy: TheCollected Short Stories; Edited by Keith Hopper and Neil Murphy; Dalkey Archive Press, €15

Ambitious morality tale loses its way

Ambitious morality tale loses its way

Fiction; Something To Hide; By Deborah Moggach; Chatto & Windus, €17.25

Bittersweet new play shows Belfast stripped bare

Bittersweet new play shows Belfast stripped bare

Visually arresting, Shibboleth revolves around the contentious building of a ‘peace wall’

A pair of sharp perspectives on modern Irish life

A pair of sharp perspectives on modern Irish life

Short stories A Slanting of the Sun By Donal Ryan Doubleday Ireland, €17.50 Beneath the Earth ...

Justice done to Miller in the docks

Justice done to Miller in the docks

A View From the Bridge By Arthur Miller Gate Theatre until October 24th Rating **** Almost 60 ...

Escaping the confines of a cold and duplicitous climate

Escaping the confines of a cold and duplicitous climate

Jellyfish By Alice Malseed and Sarah Baxter Project Arts Centre Rating *** Alice Malseed knows wh...

Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Saggy, indulgent writing weakens latest de Bernières blockbuster

Fiction: The Dust that Falls From Dreams. By Louis de Bernières. Harvill Secker, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

South Africa’s troubled history viewed through a lens

South Africa’s troubled history viewed through a lens

fiction: Up Against the Night. By Justin Cartwright. Bloomsbury, €17.25.

Latest production of Wilde classic focuses on fun

Latest production of Wilde classic focuses on fun

Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest. By Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kate Canning. Smock Alley Theatre until August 22. Rating: ***.

A fictional awakening

A fictional awakening

American author Emily Lockhart says that young adults embrace the experimentation in her bestselling family saga, We Were Liars

Contemporary sequel to Wilde classic is bold and relevant

Contemporary sequel to Wilde classic is bold and relevant

Theatre: The Importance of Being Honest. By Billie Traynor. Directed by Liam Halligan. Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt until July 25. Rating 3/5

A scandalous woman in 18th century Dublin

A scandalous woman in 18th century Dublin

biography: Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of an Irish Whore. By Julie Peakman. Quercus, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers

Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers

Non-fiction: The House of Hidden Mothers. By Meera Syal. Doubleday, €25.50. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: Casey’s anti-war play still packs a punch

Theatre: Casey’s anti-war play still packs a punch

Theatre: The Shadow of a Gunman. By Sean O’Casey. Directed by Wayne Jordan. Abbey Theatre until August 1. Rating ****. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

Balkan war story sacrifices real impact for intellect

Balkan war story sacrifices real impact for intellect

Fiction