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.

Essays

At Bates Motel

Susan McKeever
Grief, addiction, abuse, self-harm, motherhood, breakdown, hilarity

Gimme Shelter

Sean Byrne
The schemes and stratagems that help the rich stay rich

Hard Power

Sean Sheehan
Thucydides and the pursuit of domination through warfare

Walking the Wild Side

Patrick Duffy
Wintering out in Mayo’s lonely glens and boglands

Witness to War

Katrina Goldstone
Peadar O’Donnell walks into Franco’s military revolt

Parents and Newcomers

Justin Quinn
Poetry and place: the case for transnationalism and translocalism

The Fascist Precursor

Aidan O’Malley
Fiume and the ‘poetic dictatorship’ of Gabriele d’Annunzio

The Light Fantastick

Brian Cosgrove
Dickens: master of imagination and verbal fancy footwork

A Grand Passion

Afric McGlinchey
Nora Barnacle’s life with ‘an envious, proud, lonely, discontented man’

Join the Queue

Aiden O’Reilly
A fictional exploration of ideas pushed to their logical conclusion

Peeling the Onion

Andreas Hess
Let us look at Trump – so we don’t have to have him again.

POLITICS

According to John

Bryan Fanning
Pluralist Ireland and the angry politics of John Waters

Music

You Should Be Glad

Maura O’Kiely
With the Beatles: a sparkling account of an innocent mania

SOCIETY

History on the Wing

John Horgan
Irish Catholics under the skin: a master class in journalism

MEMOIR

Once Upon A Time

Patricia Craig
Marina Warner’s reimagining of a near magical transformation

CULTURE

Hail Ruritania!

Jim Smyth
A kingdom’s progress: from Duck Soup to Princess Diana

INTERVIEW

The Flowering

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

Art

Sacred Monster

Rosita Sweetman
Not for the drawing room: the terrifying art of Francis Bacon

Essay

Against the Clock

Tim Murphy
In his new collection, Greg Delanty makes another valuable contribution to the poetry of environmental consciousness.

Essay

Love Hurts

Tadhg Hoey
Megan Nolan’s debut novel, a refreshingly honest and often uncomfortable meditation on the relationship between desire, self-destruction and the female body

Essay

Freefall in the Suburbs

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

Essay

In Defence of the Gàidhealtachd

Activists concerned to protect the oldest of all living Scottish languages have been wrongly accused of perpetrating a sort of nationalist essentialism.

Essay

They Heard the Call

John Horgan
A history of Ireland’s main Catholic seminary has a much wider focus than the merely institutional

Essay

Stalking Truth

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

Essay

In Rothko’s Rooms

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