Books

Thursday 24th March

"The Heart of Everything" by Henrietta McKervey

Henrietta McKervey chats about her latest novel “The Heart of Everything”,  the story of a mother who disappears after learning she has early-stage dementia and whose disappearance forces her three grown children to come together in their search for their missing mother (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

Wednesday 23rd March

"Children's Children" by Jan Carson

Jan Carson talks about her debut collection of short stories “Children’s Children”, set in post-conflict Northern Ireland and exploring the role of the family within a society (published by Liberties Press)

Tuesday 22nd March

“Showbands and All That Jazz: Memoirs of an Irish Drummer” by Des Hopkins

Des Hopkins, author of “Showbands and All That Jazz: Memoirs of an Irish Drummer” which chronicles his career playing with various Irish showbands (published by Hihat Publishing)

Monday 21st March

Review: “The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone” by Olivia Laing

Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone” by Olivia Laing, a memoir about a woman who moves to New York and spends her time visiting galleries to see how artists were inspired by the concept of loneliness (published by MacMillan)

Review: “Teenage Kicks: My Life As An Undertone” by Michael Bradley

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Teenage Kicks: My Life As An Undertone”, a memoir by The Undertones bassist Michael Bradley (published by Omnibus Press)

Friday 18th March

"Vertigo" by Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh talks about her latest collection of short stories “Vertigo”, a glimpse into the lives of various women (published by Tramp Press)

Wednesday 16th March

"Doing The Past" by Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan reads her poem ‘Doing The Past’ which features in the new special-edition book “16”, an anthology of poetry and art from the past and the present inspired by the 1916 Rising (published by Stoney Road Press with An Post and Poetry Ireland)

Tuesday 15th March

Review: “Messages From A Lost World: Europe On The Brink” by Stefan Zweig

Anthony Thuillier reviews “Messages From A Lost World: Europe On The Brink” by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, essays/lectures which the author wrote around the time of World War II in support of a unified Europe (published by Pushkin Press)

Monday 14th March

"Exposure" by Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore talks about her latest novel “Exposure”, a story of an English family torn apart during the Cold War of the 1960’s when the father is arrested as a spy (published by Hutchinson)

Thursday 10th March

"Aeneid Book VI", by Seamus Heaney

Matthew Hollis, Seamus Heaney’s editor at Faber; before his death Seamus Heaney had completed a translation of Book VI of Virgil's "Aeneid (Aeneas travels to the underworld to meet the spirit of his father); it has now been published by Faber

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