on Friday's show.......56 Irish writers looked to works in the National Gallery to inspire their contributions to the book 'Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers On Art'. Tonight in an Arena special four of those writers explain their choices and what it was about particular paintings that inspired them
The writer Blake Morrison published And When Did You Last See Your Father in 1993. That memoir turned Blake into a literary sensation and also helped to change the way we viewed the genre. From mere autobiography they were suddenly works of serious literary merit with added psychological insights, sharing the struggle of life and a process of understanding.
On Sunday Author Blake Morrison will be talking at the Mountains to Sea book festival in Dun Laoghaire and he joins Evelyn O Rourke from London.
Blake's own favourite memoirs include This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff; Seamus Dean’s Reading in The Dark from 1996; Lora Sage's memoir Bad Blood; The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott; Dave Eggar’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; and Seamus Heaney's Stepping Stones.
Tony Clayton Lea has been browsing through the release schedules this winter for Arena. Katy Perry’s Prism is one of the most highly anticipated album releases, he also reviews Eminem's new album, Miley Cyrus and the Manic Street Preachers
Samantha Shannon has only just graduated from University yet she has just been given a seven book deal with Bloomsbury - the same publishers who gave JK Rowling her phenomenal deal. She joins Evelyn to discuss.
The Bone Season is a dark futuristic fantasy novel for adults. It tells the story of a young woman, Paige Mahoney, outcast because of her clairvoyant gifts and living among a criminal underworld.