Congratulations to Kevin Barry whose latest book, Night Boat To Tangier, has been longlisted for the Booker Prize, a prestigious award open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland. It is worth £50,000 to the winner.
Liam Ruiséals: I’m sad it’s going. It was the school books that got me in and then the exam papers. Round about September, the booklets of past Junior Cert and Leaving Cert papers would take over a section in the corner, says
SOME of the brightest lights of contemporary fiction celebrate the timelessness of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes in a collection of short stories to mark the 400th anniversary of both men’s deaths.
IS THERE any point in celebrating ‘being Irish’ anymore? As we approach another St Patrick’s Day, and don our ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’ t-shirts and our shamrock-bedecked silly hats, what on earth does it all mean? Does taking part in this ritual have any actual bearing on our lives especially since our economic sovereignty is a thing of the past, asks sociologist Ethel Crowley.
Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video broke through a barricade near the US consulate in the southern city of Karachi yesterday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen injured.