Books

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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Wednesday 9th March

Frank O'Connor letters donated to University College Cork

Professor Oliver O’Donovan, the son of writer Frank O’Connor, explains why the family are donating to University College Cork an archive of letters between his father and mother in the years 1945-1965

"Prosperity Drive" by Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy talks about her latest collection of short stories “Prosperity Drive”, about the residents of one street in a middle-class Dublin suburb (published by Jonathan Cape)

Tuesday 8th March

“In The Lion's Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire” by Niamh O'Sullivan

Niamh O’Sullivan, author of “In The Lions Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire”, a study and re-appraisal of MacDonald as a painter of national importance who depicted images of the social and visual culture of Ireland in the years leading up to and including the Famine (published by Cork University Press)

 

 

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