The Works Presents returns to TV screens on September 22nd with a new 10-part series in which John Kelly meets key figures from the worlds of film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts.

A formidable line-up of interviewees are lined-up to appear in the coming weeks: Room author Emma Donoghue, Dexy's singer Kevin Rowland, visual artists Alice Maher and Anish Kapoor, poet John Montague, playwright Marina Carr and filmmaker John Carney, amongst others.

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In the first episode of the series, John travels to London to meet with the internationally renowned artist, Tracey Emin, in what is one of her last public interviews for a year.  

A self-confessed workaholic, Emin is taking a yearlong sabbatical from public life in order to concentrate on both her work and her personal life.

In a frank and open discussion, the controversial ‘enfant terrible’ of the British art scene talks about growing up in Margate, being homeless, and how, as a teenager, happening across one small painting in a book changed the trajectory of her life.

From her first recognition as an artist in New York in the early 1990s, through to her recent exhibition in Hong Kong, ‘I Cried Because I Love You’, Emin talks about the biographical nature of her work and how it feels to grow older.

Known for confronting taboo subjects in her art, Emin has caused controversy throughout her career, particularly with her installation ‘My Bed’, famous for its stained sheets and cluttered bedroom debris.

She talks about the meaning behind ‘My Bed’ and how it resonated with people. To this day, Emin states that this work is one of the most widely known pieces of art in the world.

The Works Presents: Tracey Emin, RTÉ One, Thursday September 22nd, 11.05 pm. Previous episodes of The Works Presents can be viewed here on RTÉ Player's new ‘Culture On-Demand’ Collection.