All items: Ireland

Over his long career as an art critic, Brian McAvera has compiled a collection of catalogues of Irish art exhibitions, offering a unique overview of twentieth and twenty-first century literary, artistic, and political life.
Katharine McMahon celebrates the role that public libraries have played in her life, from her earliest discovery of the magic of books as a child, to her later career as a writer.

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his first travel writing adventures in South Africa during the last days of apartheid, being sent rather unwillingly for a further book about Australia, and working out what you’re writing about as you go along.

I carried around in my head a whole pantheon of dead family members, to each of whom a story was attached; often tragic, sometimes scandalous. I didn't have my mother's talent for talking but I enjoyed writing.

Meaghan Delahunt speaks with Cherise Saywell about revolutionary beginnings, the physical nature of her writing and drafting process, being a 'citizen of nowhere' and the pressure on Australian writers to conform to Colonial perceptions of their country.

Maura Dooley, former RLF trustee, speaks with Jane Draycott about her complex connections with her Irish heritage, reaching to the realm of the 'beyond' when translating the work of Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman, and the unanticipated rewards of her residency at Jane Austen's Hampshire cottage.

Brian Keaney speaks with Robin Blake about growing up London Irish and the challenges of identity that presented, jumping from a secure teaching job into the precarious freelancery of writing, and how he wrote his first novel to discover the secret behind a pair of mysteries.

When Brian Keaney’s father and uncle became estranged after both had left their native Ireland for England, it took some fancy footwork on the part of Keaney’s mother to bring about a reconciliation between the brothers.