Books

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 ...

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 ...

"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 ...

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 ...

Tuesday 24th November

"Eggshells" by Caitriona Lally

Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel “Eggshells”, the story of a woman who believes she is a 'changeling' belonging to another world so spends her days walking the streets of ...

Review: "City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg

Declan Burke reviews “City on Fire”, the debut novel by Garth Risk Hallberg which is set in 1976 in New York where a young punk has been shot in Central ...

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, ...

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”

"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)

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)

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