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# writing - Sunday 20 September, 2020

'It's so astounding that a woman can disappear to that extent': Rediscovering the author of Ireland's greatest love poem

The Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa explores the life of the writer Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill in her lauded new book.

# writing - Saturday 8 August, 2020

Opinion: Want to use this time to write a short story? Here are some top tips

We have some tips from author Vincent Woods to inspire you.

# writing - Sunday 8 March, 2020

Eimear McBride: 'The amount of 'she's not a genius, she's a very naughty girl' I've got is just ridiculous'

The critically-acclaimed Irish author speaks to us about her new novel Strange Hotel.

# writing - Sunday 23 February, 2020

'I have a number on my arm from Auschwitz - and people say it never happened?'

Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus has written a memoir about her time in Auschwitz.

# writing - Sunday 29 December, 2019

These are the Irish novels to look out for in early 2020

It’s going to be a jam-packed year.

# writing - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

From The42 Episode 11 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring  Kieran Shannon - is out now Sports Writing

Episode 11 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Kieran Shannon - is out now

The much-respected journalist and author joins Gavin Cooney.

# writing - Saturday 16 November, 2019

Dorothy Macardle: The rediscovery of an unlikely rebel and overlooked novelist

Macardle was a friend of Éamon de Valera, and he wrote the foreword to her book The Irish Republic.

# writing - Thursday 7 November, 2019

'Rock and roll had come to town': The fascinating tale of JP Donleavy and his final posthumous novel

The legendary JP Donleavy’s publisher writes about how the author brought a ‘sprinkle of stardust’ with him when he arrived in Ireland.

# writing - Sunday 27 October, 2019

A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'

The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.

# writing - Saturday 22 June, 2019

Living in a remote house on a mountain inspired this €100k-winning novel about a murder

Idaho is inspired by author Emily Ruskovich’s childhood.

# writing - Friday 12 April, 2019

'It all started with my balls' - Colm Tóibín's moving essay about cancer is a must-read

The piece beautifully details his diagnosis to treatment.

# writing - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Opinion: 'Why do we like reading about crime so much in Ireland? Because it offers escapism'

Crime writer Sam Blake explains that writing and reading crime can help you get away from the news when it’s grim. And unlike in real life, there’ll always be a satisfying ending.

# writing - Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Gerry Adams is publishing a cookbook and it'll be out for Christmas

The former Sinn Féin president has already published numerous memoirs and historical books.

# writing - Friday 29 December, 2017

# writing - Sunday 5 November, 2017

These Waterford teens have set up Ireland's first youth-run literary festival

We talked to them about how they did it.

# writing - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Ruth Fitzmaurice: 'The writing just came out - it was raw inside me'

The author of I Found My Tribe, who is married to the late Simon Fitzmaurice, is nominated for an Irish Book Award.

# writing - Monday 30 October, 2017

Stay-at-home mom turned vampire author Clare Daly: 'How I became a writer'

Clare Daly is about to self-publish her first novel, an Irish Vampire story, Our Destiny is Blood.

# writing - Thursday 5 October, 2017

British writer of The Remains of the Day wins Nobel Prize for Literature

The prize is worth 9 million kronor (€1 million).

# writing - Sunday 1 October, 2017

'I spend my working life sitting behind a desk thinking in the voice of a south Dublin idiot'

Author Paul Howard turned a Dublin stereotype into a phenomenon.

# writing - Saturday 19 August, 2017

'My teacher told me not to get my hopes of an A in the Junior Cert up - now I'm on the syllabus'

Poet Hazel Hogan’s Grangegorman has been added to the recommended list.

# writing - Sunday 30 July, 2017

This Northern Irish author's new novel could be the next Gone Girl

We talked to Stuart Neville, whose new book Here and Gone has been optioned for a movie.

# writing - Sunday 2 April, 2017

An award-winning story before bedtime: I Could Have Been a Dancer

Read a story which won the First Fiction award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards.

# writing - Sunday 5 March, 2017

'Parents protect children - but they deserve to know and understand what's happening in the world'

Author Jane Mitchell tells us why she wrote about the Syrian war in her latest book – and why she went to volunteer in Calais.

# writing - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

Irish author Sebastian Barry scoops major Book of the Year prize

The Costa Book of the Year was formerly known as the Whitbread prize.

# writing - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Kevin Barry: 'Sometimes writing no longer seems like the thing I do, it seems like the thing I am'

The award-winning Irish writer tells us about his apprenticeship, and his journey from journalist to author.

# writing - Sunday 11 December, 2016

From The42 Munster memories, the physicality of modern rugby, the national anthem and all the week's best sportswriting Well Read

Munster memories, the physicality of modern rugby, the national anthem and all the week's best sportswriting

Plus, Harry Arter opens up about how his daughter’s memory has motivated him to help others.

# writing - Friday 18 November, 2016

These are the worst examples of writing about sex this year

Last year’s winner was former Smiths frontman Morrissey.

# writing - Sunday 2 October, 2016

Irish crime writing is having a killer moment right now

We spoke to three of the country’s best authors to find out why.

# writing - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

From The Daily Edge 8 reasons Marian Keyes is a proven national treasure Lady Marian

8 reasons Marian Keyes is a proven national treasure

NOBODY say “chick lit”.

# writing - Sunday 3 July, 2016

Tributes paid to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel RIP

Tributes paid to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel wrote tens of books and was a professor and Nobel Prize winner.

# writing - Monday 28 March, 2016

Meet the Galway teen who's published her first book at just 16

We spoke to newly-published author Eilís Barrett, from Galway.

# writing - Sunday 6 March, 2016

From The42 How human cock-fighting garnered acceptance and more of the week's best sportswriting Well Read

# writing - Friday 29 January, 2016

From The Daily Edge JK Rowling procrastinates just as much as us so everything is OK Distraction

# writing - Wednesday 2 December, 2015

Morrissey's writing about sex is so bad he was given an award

“The couple rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation.”

# writing - Sunday 11 October, 2015

This incredible Irishman is unknown in Ireland - but he's one of our greatest writers

He’s not a household name here – but he is in Japan.

# writing - Sunday 20 September, 2015

Here's why Ireland's women writers aren't being ignored anymore

We speak to the editor of a new anthology, broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson.

'Trailblazer' and novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77 - sister Joan leads tributes RIP

'Trailblazer' and novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77 - sister Joan leads tributes

The best-selling British author had breast cancer.

# writing - Sunday 14 June, 2015

From The42 Falling in love with sport and Baggio's nicks: it's the week's best writing Media

# writing - Saturday 4 April, 2015

Thousands of Irish people struggle with reading - but hide it

A new project aims at helping them – all thanks to author Patricia Scanlan.

# writing - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

This vibrating pen makes writing easier for those with Parkinson's disease

The pen uses vibrations to stimulate muscles in the hand, making it easier to move the pen and write smoothly.

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