Thursday 19th November

Launch of new annual anthology "Winter Pages"

Launch of “Winter Pages”, a new annual anthology for the arts in Ireland (stories, interviews, essays etc) edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith.  In conversation with Irish writers Kevin Barry, Claire Kilroy and Peter Murphy and music from Gráinne Hunt & band

(for copyright reasons the music within this programme is not available to download)

Wednesday 18th November

"Collected Short Stories" and "Fighting With Shadows" by Dermot Healy

Keith Hopper, editor with Dalkey Archive Press who have just re-published two books by the late Dermot Healy – “Collected Short Stories” and his first novel “Fighting With Shadows”

Review: "Slade House" by David Mitchell

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Slade House” by David Mitchell, a horror story about a mother and son who come to stay in a haunted house (published by Sceptre)

"Dictator" by Robert Harris

Robert Harris reads an extract from his novel “Dictator”, the third in his trilogy about Rome’s most famous orator, lawyer and philosopher Cicero (published by Hutchinson)

Tuesday 17th November

Sara Baume shortlisted for Costa literary award

Sara Baume who has been shortlisted for the UK's Costa First Novel Award for “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” 

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Review: “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl”, the memoir by Sleator Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstein (published by Virago Books)

Review: "Career of Evil" by Robert Galbraith

Declan Burke reviews “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith, (aka JK Rowling), the third in the crime series featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike (published by Sphere)

Monday 16th November

"Somewhere Inside Of Happy" by Anna McPartlin

Anna McPartlin talks about her latest novel “Somewhere Inside Of Happy”, the story of a woman who has had it tough her whole life and who is finally about to catch a romantic break until her teenage son goes missing

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)



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