Tuesday 15th December

Review: “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas Greco

Róisín Dywer reviews the new book “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas P. Greco, a look at how Bowie has negotiated the worlds of celebrity and music in the latter part of his career (published by McFarland)

Thursday 10th December

Inner-city life and "Dublin Seven" by Frankie Gaffney

Poet Karl Parkinson, who grew up in inner-city Dublin, on how realistic the depiction of inner-city life is in the debut novel “Dublin Seven” by Frankie Gaffney (published by Liberties Press)

Wednesday 9th December

"Charlotte Bronte: A Life" by Claire Harman

Claire Harman talks about her biography “Charlotte Bronte: A Life” (published by Viking)

Tuesday 8th December

Review: "The Penguin Book of the British Short Story" edited by Philip Hensher

Sinead Gleeson reviews a new collection of 90 British short stories – “The Penguin Book of the British Short Story” edited by Philip Henscher (published by Penguin Classics)

"Jobs For A Wet Day" by Ger Reidy

Ger Reidy chats about his first collection of short stories which are inspired by rural life - “Jobs For A Wet Day”, his recent collection of poetry is "Before Rain" (both published by Arlen House)

Friday 4th December

Review: "A Snow Garden & Other Stories" by Rachel Joyce

Anthony Thuillier reviews “A Snow Garden & Other Stories” by Rachel Joyce, a collection of seven Christmas short stories (published by Doubleday)

Tuesday 1st December

“Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing” by Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe discusses his latest book “Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing” which explores the impact of war and revolution in the 20th century on the writing lives of Irish poets and novelists (published by Cork University Press)

Monday 30th November

Review: “The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory” by John Seabrook

John Meagher reviews “The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory” by John Seabrook, looking at the producers behind the music of pop stars like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Adele etc  (published by Jonathan Cape)

"The Divine Comedy" by Dante

Professor Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, head of the Italian Department at Trinity College chats about “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri (this year marks the 750th anniversary of his birth); the Italian Cultural Institute are running series of public readings of the complete work and the first reading was of the Inferno which took place last Saturday at the National Gallery

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Friday 27th November

Review: "A Whole Life" by Robert Seethaler

Sinead Gleeson reviews “A Whole Life” by German writer Robert Seethaler, chronicling the life of a strong but silent man Andreas who lives in a remote mountain village and suffers a violent childhood, as an adult a love affair that ends tragically and becomes an old man seen by his neighbours as eccentric (published by Picador)



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