Friday 8th January

"Cockfosters" by Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson, author of short story collection “Cockfosters” (published by Jonathan Cape)

Tuesday 5th January

"Gull" by Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson explains how the story of John DeLorean’s car factory in Belfast inspired his latest novel “Gull” (published by Head of Zeus)

"Everything To Play For: 99 Poems About Sport", a new anthology

“Everything To Play For: 99 Poems About Sport” (published by Poetry Ireland), a new anthology of poems about sport - editor John McAuliffe, poet Rita Ann Higgins and rugby player Carol Staunton 

Monday 4th January

Review: "The Good Liar" by Nicholas Searle

Rick O’Shea reviews “The Good Liar”, the debut novel by Nicholas Searle about Roy, a man in his 80s about to pull off one last con to set him up for retirement (published by Penguin)

Friday 18th December

"Hopscotch", a memoir by Hilary Fannin

Hilary Fannin chats about her memoir about her childhood “Hopscotch” (published by Doubleday)

Thursday 17th December

"Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads" by Jimmy Crowley

Irish folk singer/song collector Jimmy Crowley chats about and performs some of the ballads featured in his new book “Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads” (published by Free State Press)

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Wednesday 16th December

The life and works of Rudyard Kipling

Darragh Downes on the life and works of Rudyard Kipling, in this year the 150th anniversary of his birth

Favourite crime novels of the year

Declan Burke picks his favourite crime novels of 2015 - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng (Black Friars), "With Our Blessing" by Jo Spain (Quercus), "The Way of Sorrows" by Jon Steel (Blue Rider Press), "Acts of the Assassins" by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker), "The Snow Kimono" by Mark Henshaw (Tinder Press), "The Golden Age of Murder" by Martin Edwards (Harper Collins), "The Drowned Boy" by Karin Fossum (Harvill Secker), "A Song of Shadows" by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton), "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday), "Tightrope" by Simon Mawer (Little Brown)

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)



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