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The Works

Thursday 21st November, 10.45pm, RTÉ One

Memoirs, cook books, sports books, young adult novels, all kinds of fiction and non-fiction are celebrated at the annual Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, due to be announced at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 26th November. Sinéad Gleeson reports on this year's shortlists, with vox pops from Paul Howard and Paul Lynch and readings from the Easons Novel of the Year authors, including Roddy Doyle and Catherine Dunne.

Director Nick Ryan talks to John Kelly about The Summit, his documentary about the climbing expedition on K2 in 2008 in which 11 climbers died, including Ger McDonnell, an Irish mountaineer who, it is thought, lost his life trying to save others. Opens in Irish cinemas on 22nd November.

UK poet Holly McNish has released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, and published a book, Papers, inspired by parenthood. (Her poem about public breastfeeding, Embarrassed, received over a million hits on YouTube.) She performs her poem Mathematics on The Works

Now on at the Science Gallery, Dublin, Kevin Gildea takes a look at Grow Your Own: Life After Nature, a show about the weird and wonderful world of synthetic biology.

Public Service Broadcasting plays the track Signal 30 from their album Inform-Educate-Entertain for The Works.

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