The Book Show Saturday 30 September 2017
'Dear Character' Competition Update
Thanks to everyone who has sent a letter to a character as part of our Dear Character competition. We have been delighted by the response and have drawn up a shortlist of letters which we have sent to our judge, the Laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright.
She will choose a winning letter and this will be read at our special episode which will be recorded in Smock Alley theatre in Dublin on October 21st 2017.
The winning entry will also win a €250 book token.
At our Smock Alley show we will be reading excerpts from some of the letters. The winning letter will be published online on our RTÉ web page after the broadcast.
Sinéad Gleeson will be in conversation with Lisa McInerney, Anne Enright and Paul Howard. We’ll have music by singer Lisa O’Neill and readings from some of our letters to characters by actors Derbhle Crotty and Dermot Magennis.
The show is now sold out but it will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday October 28th, 7-8pm.
A full list of those writers whose letters have been shortlisted is below - congratulations to all:
Character: Anna Livia Plurabelle
Writer: Holly Furey
From: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
Character: Auggie Pullman
Writer: Keeva Holloway
From: Wonder by RJ Palacio
Character: Anna Arkadyevna Karenina
Writer: Lev Nikolayevich (Eoin Shaughnessy)
From: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Character: Bobby Mahon
Writer: Rebecca Ivory
From: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Character: Captain Ahab
Writer: Stephen Phelan
From: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Character: George Smiley
Writer: Karen McCormack
From: Various George Smiley novels by John LeCarré
Character: Gregor Samsa
Writer: Bernard Mahon
From: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Character: Holden Caulfield
Writer: Aoife Kavanagh
From: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Writer: Anita Fennelly
From: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Character: Mr. Toad
Writer: Liam Cahill;
From: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Character: Nora Webster,
Writer: Shelley Tracey,
From: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Writer: Sylvia (AKA- Mark Dennehy)
From: Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Character: Robinson Crusoe
Writer: Klara Golez
From: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Character: Rosaleen Madigan
Writer: Marion O’Donnell (Miriam Hurley)
From: The Green Road by Anne Enright
Writer: Papa (Stephen Wade)
From: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Writer: Claudia Rose-Mohan
From: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
The Book Show
Presented by Sinead Gleeson, The Book Show 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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