BETWEEN 1911 and 1925 Co Donegal was a bastion of conservative nationalism, Co Derry a stronghold of hard-line unionism; between them lay the deeply symbolic, religiously and ethnically divided, and potentially combustible Derry city.
SALLY Rooney, Belinda McKeon, Stuart Neville and Adrian McKinty feature among an impressive list of contributors to a new collection of Irish short stories edited by award-winning Belfast novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell, published by Faber & Faber.
BERNARD MacLaverty is pondering the wearisome effects of old age with good humour – a hallmark in much of his award-winning fiction on which he will reflect afresh at the opening of the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this evening.
AS SOMEONE who has spent a lifetime voting in Northern Ireland elections the cumulative legacy of exercising my civic responsibility has mostly been disappointment, frustration and occasionally shame that the democratic ideal has once more been reduced to a sectarian headcount.
1. When did you think about a career in writing and what were your first steps into it? I’ve always thought of myself as a writer but never actually wrote anything until I arrived in Portland, Oregon for a new job in 2005.
ENIGMATIC chocolatier Vianne Rocher swept into our psyche in the picturesque, sleepy little fictional French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes some 20 years ago – and today, Chocolat creator Joanne Harris contemplates how life has panned out for herself and her heroine.