Monday 23rd May

Review: "So Sad Today" by Melissa Broder

Sinead Gleeson reviews “So Sad Today” by the poet Melissa Broder, a selection of frank essays about intimate aspects her life (two years ago she assumed an anonymous Twitter persona in which she expressed her darkest and most negative feelings)  (published by Scribe Publications) 

Friday 20th May

“Gods & Angels” by David Park

Belfast author David Park chats about “Gods & Angels”, his second collection of short stories exploring themes of loneliness and the male experience (published by Bloomsbury)

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Family Life" by Akhil Sharma

Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Family Life” by Akhil Sharma, an autobiographical novel chronicling the immigrant experience of an Indian family who relocate to America (published by Norton)

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Thursday 19th May

"The Springs of Affection" by Maeve Brennan re-issued

Declan Meade, publisher and Maeve Brennan biographer Angela Bourke explain why The Stinging Fly are re-issuing the short story collection “The Springs of Affection” by Maeve Brennan

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Tuesday 17th May

Review: "In Gratitude" by Jenny Diski

Sarah Binchy reviews “In Gratitude”, a collection of her last essays by the recently-deceased author Jenny Diski (published by Bloomsbury)

Monday 16th May

“A Country Road, A Tree” by Jo Baker

Jo Baker talks about her novel “A Country Road, A Tree”, a fictional story about an unknown writer called Samuel Beckett who leaves neutral Ireland to join the Resistance in France in 1939 (published by Doubleday)

"On Bowie" by Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley explains why the music of David Bowie has had such an impact on his life in his book “On Bowie” (published by Serpents Tail)

Friday 13th May

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Our Lady Of The Nile" by Scholastique Mukasonga

Kay Sheehy with the fourth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Our Lady Of The Nile” by Scholastique Mukasonga, set in an elite Catholic school for girls on the banks of the river Nile 15 years before the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 

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Thursday 12th May

"Solar Bones" by Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack chats about his novel “Solar Bones”, set in contemporary Mayo about how one man copes with caring for a sick wife, being a father and the fallout from the recent economic crash (published by Tramp Press)

Wednesday 11th May

"Multitudes" by Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell talks about her debut collection of short stories “Multitudes” which are set in and around east Belfast (published by Faber)



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