Sarah Davis Goff's day job is running Irish literary house Tramp Press, the publishers behind such award-winning tomes as Mike McCormack's Solar Bones and Emilie Pine's Notes To Self.

Now she's releasing her own fiction debut, Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press), a dystopian tale of a young woman voyaging across a post-apocalyptic Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself and her guardian from the zombie-like menace roaming the lands.

Listen: Sarah Davis Goff talks to The Ryan Tubridy Show

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We asked Sarah for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

Maybe not surprisingly I’m a sucker for a zombie movie! There’s a good one on Netflix right now called The Cured starring Ellen Page and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (and with a cameo from my huge girl crush Tara Flynn!).

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I love zombies for being such a flexible device, and here they’re being used to talk about the Troubles, sectarianism and PTSD, I think The Cured is really effective.

I’m also really hoping to go see the new Seanna Kerslake movie The Hole in the Ground this weekend.

MUSIC

I’m so hopeless at knowing what to listen to. I’ll literally latch on to anything I hear on TV or a podcast and go and seek it out on Spotify – there’s no way I’d be able to find great new (or old) stuff by myself!

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Recently I’ve been listening to Migos, like everyone else. I love Sylvan Esso, and I’ll still listen to Orchestral Movements in the Dark, so I’m mostly synth-pop type person I guess.

BOOK

I can’t resist mentioning a book we’re about to publish called Minor Monuments by Ian Maleney. It’s a collection of essays (our first since we at Tramp published Notes to Self by Emilie Pine last year!), and it’s great – very smart, and a world into itself. We can’t wait to publish it later this month.

In the meantime, I’ve just started reading Tana French’s The Trespasser. I’ve been meaning to read her for ages and this came highly recommended, I’m so looking forward to becoming enthralled!

PLAY

I went to see something last weekend in the Smock Alley Theatre with my fiancée Dave which I’m still thinking about, it was short and very very strong (my favourite type of theatre!). It was written by Liam McCarthy and it’s about the trauma of growing up with a parent with mental health issues.

It’s a two-person (though multi-vocal) play, and the performances were brilliant, especially by Sinead O’Brien.

TV

My fiancée are doing a re-watch of Veep at the moment and it makes me laugh so much. I don’t know why I love TV where everyone is terrible (It’s Always Sunny in California is another favourite!), but here we are.

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GIG

The aforementioned Dave bought us tickets to go and see Garbage in the summer, I’m so excited about that!

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We’ve been out to a few drag shows as well which I’d really highly recommend, you get to see incredibly talented, creative people putting on an amazing, funny show. I love that the audience is always so warm, diverse, and prone to dancing at these gigs.

ART

To my sh,ame I haven’t been into a gallery in months! I love the National Gallery of Art and they'd an exhibition of paintings by William Orpen last year called Aftermath: War Landscapes. Orpen was the official war artist for the British Army and he went to the Somme to capture some of the aftermath of the battle there.

Self-portrait by William Orpen. Painted in 1917. Photo: Imperial War Museum

The paintings are post-apocalyptic, all in washed-out colours, they really stuck with me. I’ve been a fan of Orpen’s work for ages, I even named the heroine in my novel after him.

PODCAST

The only podcast I listen to religiously is Pop Culture Happy Hour, which is mostly about film and TV.

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It’s smart and fun to listen to, and whenever they mention a book I immediately go out and buy it, the panelists have oustanding taste, it’s where I first heard of Zone One by Colson Whitehead and Tara Westover’s Educated. I also love Taranoia, and Juvenalia is great! Watch out for the Stephen King episode in particular, it’s excellent.

TECH

I love tower defense games you can play on your phone, so if you haven’t downloaded any Kingdom Rush that’s a very happy way to waste some time!

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I always have trouble turning off my stupid brain at night, but there’s an app called Calm which has been really helping.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Again, the writer Ian Maleney. Watch out!

Last Ones Left Alive (published by Tinder Press) is in bookshops now.