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Interview: Sara Baume

The winner of the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award gave herself two years to write her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither. But she tells SINEAD GLEESON that she remains torn between fiction and visual art. “To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up...

Interview: BJ Novak

Steve Martin has done it, so has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in children’s books, and as much as BJ Novak is having fun with The Book With No Pictures, he recognises the eyeroll aspect of...

January 5th Redux

  The original version of this post was published three years ago on an old blog and I've expanded it a little. It's now 12 years later and I'm still healthy and er, here.  If I'm ever tempted to wallow in January blues, I think of this same month in 2003 and am...

On the seasonal appeal of the Ghost Story…

If 100 people were surveyed Family Fortunes style about the best time of year to read ghost stories, the “top answer” stampede would be for October 31st. Me? I’d be trailing behind (with that trademark incorrect "X" on the screen) for suggesting Christmas, but to me...

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