Joanne Hayden

Joanne Hayden

Capturing the mundane in an oddly addictive way

Capturing the mundane in an oddly addictive way

Memoir: Dancing In The DarkMy Struggle: Book FourBy Karl Ove Knausgård. Harvill Secker, €19.

A timely and intelligent look at love

A timely and intelligent look at love

Theatre: In On It. Written by Daniel MacIvor. Smock Alley, Dublin. Until April 25th. Rating ***.

Abbey’s clever production led by Ireland’s finest

Abbey’s clever production led by Ireland’s finest

Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Gavin Quinn. Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Runs until March 28. Rating: ***. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Quiet, pithy tales in the Athenian sun

Quiet, pithy tales in the Athenian sun

Outline By Rachel Cusk Faber, €21.50

Agony in Munich's departure lounge

Agony in Munich's departure lounge

Munich Airport. By Greg Baxter. Penguin, €17. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Theatre: A tour de force of raw tragedy and truth

Theatre: A tour de force of raw tragedy and truth

Spinning. Written by Deirdre Kinahan. Smock Alley, Dublin. Until November 9. Runs until October 12. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Right and writer:the Pinker way with words

Right and writer:the Pinker way with words

The Sense of Style. The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. By Steven Pinker. Allen Lane, €15.50. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Ambitious homage to Woolf falters on overlong journey

Ambitious homage to Woolf falters on overlong journey

Virginia Woolf in Manhattan. By Maggie Gee. Telegram, €18.90. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Timely and relevant take on Joyce's classic short stories

Timely and relevant take on Joyce's classic short stories

Dubliners 100. Fifteen New Stories Inspired By The Original. Edited and introduced by Thomas Morris. Tramp Press, €15. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Suspenseful tale of a grim, dystopian future

Suspenseful tale of a grim, dystopian future

A Lovely Way to Burn. By Louise Welsh. John Murray, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

McDermid's modern Austen reworking ultimately falls flat

McDermid's modern Austen reworking ultimately falls flat

Northanger Abbey. By Val McDermid. The Borough Press, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Window on a reclusive religious community

Window on a reclusive religious community

The Visionist. By Rachel Urquhart. Simon & Schuster, €16.35. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Sharply clever novel that labours under its self-inflicted conceit

Sharply clever novel that labours under its self-inflicted conceit

& Sons. By David Gilbert. Fourth Estate, €21.40. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Lessons in a disciplined creative process

Lessons in a disciplined creative process

Imagination in the Classroom, Teaching and Learning Creative Writing in Ireland. Edited by Anne Fogarty, Ellis Ni Dhuibhne and Eibhear Walshe. Four Courts Press, €45. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Interview: Winstone's bulldog spirit

Interview: Winstone's bulldog spirit

He won fame as a gangster hard man, but Ray Winstone's lead role in the new drama Moonfleet sees him travelling all the way back in time to 18th-century Dorset. Joanne Hayden met him in Dublin.