Tuesday 30th June

"Undoing Time: The Life & Work of Samuel Beckett" by Jennifer Birkett

Jennifer Birkett, author of “Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett” (published by Irish Academic Press)

Monday 29th June

Review: "The Water Knife" by Paolo Bacigalupi

Rick O’Shea reviews “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi, a story set in the future in the southern US states where the effects of extreme climate change have made water the most precious of resources in a deeply divided society (published by Orbit)

Friday 26th June

Ben Okri, writer & poet

British-Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri talks about the things that inspire him   

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Thursday 25th June

Review: "Killing Monica" by Candace Bushnell

Anna Carey reviews “Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell, the story of a writer trying to escape the shadow of the hugely-popular literary character that made her famous (published by Little Brown)

Wednesday 24th June

"The Night Stages" by Jane Urquhart

Canadian author Jane Urquhart talks about her latest novel “The Night Stages”, set mainly in Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula during the 1940s and '50s, it’s the story of an English woman remembering her intense affair with a charismatic but troubled Irishman (published by One World)

Review: "Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread" by Chuck Palahniuk

Dave Lordan reviews “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” , a short story collection by Chuck Palahniuk (published by Jonathan Cape)

Tuesday 23rd June

Latest in women's fiction

Edel Coffey with a round-up of the latest in women's fiction –

“The Long Hot Summer” by Kathleen McMahon (published by Sphere)

“The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)” by Kate Winter (published by Little Brown)

“The Secrets We Share” by Emma Hannigan (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

“That Day In June” by Martina Reilly (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

Review: "Death and Mr Pickwick" by Stephen Jarvis

Darragh Downes reviews “Death and Mr Pickwick” by Stephen Jarvis, how a Victorian illustrator Robert Seymour created the character Mr Pickwick in a series of illustrated sketches but his publisher handed over the writing of accompanying stories to a young man with the pename Boz – Charles Dickens (published by Jonathan Cape)

Friday 19th June

"Here’s Me Here: Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant" by Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson talks about his latest book “Here’s Me Here: Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant”, a collection of his opinion journalism from various publications over the past 8 years (published by New Island Books)

Wednesday 17th June

Winner of 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Jim Crace, winner of this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Harvest” (published by Picador)



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