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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The Flowering

The 1950s: a good time to be born for a girl who must write

Freefall in the Suburbs

In Danielle McLaughlin’s first novel brief moments of high drama intermingle with journeys into the complex, foggy territory

Stalking Truth

Geraldine Mitchell’s four collections have in part sprung from insights gleaned from a lifetime of covert observation

In Rothko’s Rooms

Ekphrastic poems allow a poet to amplify and expand the meaning of the piece of art being viewed.

The Europeans

Eurosceptics have been predicting the collapse of the EU for twenty years now, sure that the citizens would realise it was all an impossible dream