Books

Thursday 5th March

The Sculptor

Would you give up a lifetime of suburban comfort for just 200 days of supreme artistic accomplishment?

That’s the question at the heart of a new Graphic Novel, The Sculptor, by the so called ‘Aristotle of Comics’ Scott McCloud.

Fellow Graphic Novellist, Dave Hendrick has been reading it for us, and joins Seán in studio

Wednesday 4th March

Love Songs:The Hidden History

Love Songs have been part of human culture for thousands of years. But where did they originate? And how have they developed and changed across the centuries? These are some of the questions, posed in a new book. ‘Love Songs: The Hidden History’ by Ted Gioia, published by Oxford University Press. John Byrne has been reading it...

Tuesday 3rd March

The Metamorphosis

Daragh Downes joined Sean in studio to talk about Frank Kafka’s short story ‘The Metamorphosis’ which was published 100 years ago. It tells the story of a man who wakes up one day to find that he has been transformed into a beetle.

Friday 27th February

"The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his latest novel “The Buried Giant”, a fable (set in post-Roman Britain after the death of King Arthur) about a couple on a journey to find their long-lost son (published by Faber & Faber)

Wednesday 25th February

Hennessy New Irish Writer 2015

Sara Baume who has just been announced as the winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writer prize and the Emerging Fiction Writer for her short story “Dancing Or Beginning To Dance”

Tuesday 24th February

Book review: "Girl In A Band" by Kim Gordon

Tony Clayton Lea reviews “Girl In A Band”, a memoir by Kim Gordon of the American rock band Sonic Youth (published by Harper Collins)

Monday 23rd February

Book review: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler

Louisa Cameron reviews “A Spool Of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler, an American novel spanning five generations of the Whitshank family (published by Chatto & Windus)

"I've Always Kept A Unicorn" by Mick Houghton

Mick Houghton, author of “I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn”, the biography of British folk singer/songwriter Sandy Denny (published by Faber & Faber)

Friday 20th February

"Love On The Road 2015"

Sam Tranum and Lois Kapila, editors of a collection of twelve short stories on the themes of love and travel - “Love On The Road 2015” (published by Liberties Press)

Wednesday 18th February

Book review: "Touch" by Claire North

Rick O’Shea reviews “Touch” by Claire North, a science fiction novel set in Istanbul about a character called Kepler who survives by inhabiting other people’s bodies (published by Orbit Books)

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