The Book Show Saturday 25 March 2017

The Book Show

The Book Show

Presented by Sinead Gleeson The Book Show celebrates books and the world of writing with readings, discussion, author interviews and special features

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This week on The Book Show, Sinéad Gleeson speaks to British writer AL Kennedy whose novels and short stories have been widely acclaimed. Now, however, she turns her talents and her wit to writing for children. Her debut book for younger readers is called Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure (illustrated by Gemma Correll). AL tells Sinéad all about the book but also reveals how she would normally read a children's book before writing one for adults. She says that reading children's fiction helps her to focus on plot and story.

Sinéad investigates what it's like to self-publish a book as this is becoming increasingly popular with writers nowadays and much easier to do thanks to companies like Dublin based Carrowmore – a publishing consultancy which helps authors publish their own books. She speaks with the manager of that company, Ronan Colgan, and with writers who have self-published their work. Does it cut out a lot of work or does it add layers of bureaucracy?

Julian Gough is a man of many talents. He was the front-man for the Galway band Toasted Heretic way back in the last century and via a colourful career that has seen him publish novels, stories, plays and write for the computer game Minecraft, he is now writer in residence at the University of Limerick. He's also the author of a new children's book in his Rabbit and Bear series (with illustrations by Jim Field). Sinéad visits him at UL to ask about writing, teaching and living a public life.

Al Kennedy's book for younger readers

Carrowmore manager Ronan Colgan with Sinéad

Julian Gough in his office at UL


The Book Show, presented by Sinead Gleeson, is where we get to know a bit more about the books you love and talk about what you could be reading over the next few months.

Writers and publishers will talk stories, books and the world of writing and we’ll have readings, reports and regular items. The Book Show will bring you the best in international and Irish authors, with weekly discussions, interviews, features and literary trivia.

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