Friday 13th November

Arena at the Dublin Book Festival 2015

Tonight's show is live from Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Book Festival; guests include poet Kate Dempsey and authors Frankie Gaffney, Danielle McLaughlin and Reggie Chamberlain King and live music from The Matthews and The Healing

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Thursday 12th November

"The Marble Collector" by Cecilia Ahern

Cecilia Ahern talks about her most recent novel “The Marble Collector”, about a daughter trying to discover more about her father who now has dementia but who spent years mysteriously collecting marbles (published by Harper Collins)

Wednesday 11th November

Kevin Barry wins Goldsmith's Prize for "Beatlebone"

Kevin Barry reacts to winning the UK literary Goldsmith’s Prize for his novel “Beatlebone”

Tuesday 10th November

"Ted Hughes – The Unauthorised Life” by Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate talks about his biography “Ted Hughes – The Unauthorised Life” (published by William Collins)

Monday 9th November

Crime writing and the Dublin Book Festival

Crime writers Alex Barclay and Jason Johnson who are taking part in a ‘Crime In The City’ panel discussion as part of this year’s Dublin Book Festival

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Friday 6th November

Review: “Thirteen Ways Of Looking” by Colum McCann

Eithne Shortall reviews “Thirteen Ways Of Looking”, a new novella/short story collection by Colum McCann (published by Bloomsbury)

Thursday 5th November

Review: “Kate: Inside the Rainbow” by John Carder Bush

Mary McGill reviews a book of rare photographs of Kate Bush taken by her brother and long-time collaborator John Carder Bush – “Kate: Inside the Rainbow” (published by Sphere)

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Wednesday 4th November

"High Dive" by Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee, author of “High Dive”, a fictionalised account of the IRA bombing of the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984 (published by William Heinemann)

Review: "I'll Never Write My Memoirs" by Grace Jones

Róisín Dwyer reviews “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs”, the autobiography by Grace Jones and Paul Morley (published by Simon & Schuster)

Tuesday 3rd November

"The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende chats about her latest novel “The Japanese Lover”, set in an old folks home where one old lady – Alma – tells about her life as a Polish refugee in America during World War II and her secret love with a Japanese boy (published by Scribener)



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Presenter: Seán Rocks


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