I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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No Myth No Nation

A state will be at a loss if it doesn’t know where it came from.

The Lure of Nostalgia

The Return of the State by Graeme Garrard, Yale University Press, 227 pp, £16.99, ISBN: 978-0300256758 We are almost entirely dependent on the state for...

A Restless Imagination

Frank McGuinness is a writer of openness and adventure. Openness to form: while best known as a playwright, while highly regarded as a poet since the 1990s, he has made forays into other genres, writing short fiction in the early 1980s and publishing two novels in the last decade; openness to varying manner and textures, which can range from tightly focused social realism to fantasy. The list of his stage and film adaptations suggests a keen literary appetite, eager to try anything.

Russian Myths

Vasily Grossman and the narrative of the Great Patriotic War

The Stendhal of Norfolk

New poetry volumes from Annemarie Ní Churreáin and George Szirtes

Pagans, Snobs, Censors

Irish visual art and the vaunted uniqueness of our ‘spiritual heritage’

The Autonomy of the Past

Each past era, Maria Stepanova reminds us, has its own particular dust that settles in every corner. Those who conflate past with present or appropriate the memories of the dead for their own benefit move us further from the plains of memory and closer to the precipice of myth.

Hear No Evil

It is widely accepted that there was often collusion – and more ‑ between

Not a Gentleman

Working class Dub and venerated pioneer of Burmese nationalism

Was the Famine a Genocide?

Two historians clash in a Belfast radio interview on the Famine. Did the British deliberately plan for genocide by 'allowing nature to run its course'?