The Book Show Saturday 18 November 2017

The Book Show

The Book Show

This week on the Book Show Sinead Gleeson asks why some writers become forgotten and she hears about the life of Angela Carter.

The Book Show, Saturday 18th November

This week on the Book Show Sinéad Gleeson speaks to Christopher Fowler who has just published The Book of Forgotten Authors. It looks at 99 writers whose reputations have declined for various reasons. Some wrote too many books, others too few. Some had one hit and then died a literary death while others had no hit in their lifetime but only became famous after their deaths.

The Book of Forgotten Authors

It’s a subject that interests Sinéad’s other guest Professor Margaret Kelleher (UCD Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama) She was involved in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature and has seen many great writers disappear off the radar. She says writers often need champions from beyond the literary grave.

Books by so-called forgotten authors are often to be found in secondhand bookshops and the Book Show pays a short visit to a new one of these. Key Books is in the Co-Op in Cork City and has only just opened its doors. Arthur Leahy and Úna Feely give us a guided tour and speak about the joys of unexpected finds.

Key books, Cork

Edmund Gordon has recently published The Invention of Angela Carter. It’s Carter’s first full length biography sincer her death in 1992. He speaks to Sinéad about his subject and the complexities of writing a biography. Carter’s reputation since her death has become wrapped up in myths and it’s his job to unweave them, he says.

The Invention of Angela Carter

Edmund tells Sinéad about Carter’s other life as a teacher of creative writing - she taught Anne Enright and Glenn Patterson and about her political views, her interest in many genres and one of his favourite works by her, The Bloody Chamber.

'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

Character: June
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

Character: Raskolnikov
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

Character: ‘She’
Writer: Papa (Stephen Wade)
From: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Character: Voldemort
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.

If there’s anything you’d like to hear covered on the show or have any comments to make, why not get in touch and you’ll find us on twitter @bookshowrte and on Facebook.

Sinead Gleeson Photo credit: Annie Atkins

Music Played on the Show

Paper Planes

Paper Planes



The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee

The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee

Innisfree Ceoil




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