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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Where Art Happens

Novelist and critic: the book review as potential art form in itself

Back to the Future

A magical realist lens on the life of the loyalist village of ‘Ballylack’

Only Connect

Timothy Morton and Dermot Healy on the end of hierarchies in nature

Thinking with Theatre

The development of Yeats’s theatre from words to choreography

Understanding the Bards

A fourteenth-century bardic poet and patronage in medieval Ireland

The Mystery of Moll

Linguistic paradoxes and the evasion of identity in ‘Moll Flanders’

The Book in the World

Should ‘Ulysses’ be feted as a great novel, or a great something else?

The City and the Book

The city centred: the importance of the culture of Dublin in ‘Ulysses’

Where To Next?

Joe Cleary explores world literature and Irish literature’s place in it

Down on the Farm

Farming, land and land hunger as a theme in modern Irish literature