The Book Show

The Book Show

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The Book Show Saturday 15 February 2014

In the uncertain times in which we are living, reading has become a welcome refuge for many.  Although even the most ardent reader can be stuck for inspiration.  Each week Rick O'Shea will point you towards books and authors you may not have considered.  Expect conversation, reports, recommendations and the ever popular Book Club slot where one of the nation's book groups quizzes a writer whose work they have read for one of their recent meetings.

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The RTE Book Show is produced by Eoin Sweeney and John Daly by OJO Productions

The Book Show

The Book Show

This week's show is dedicated to the short story, and we're in three countries. We talk short stories in USA, UK and Ireland.

The Book Show

We talk short stories in the USA, the UK and Ireland.

Short Stories - Pindrop

Short Stories - Pindrop

This week’s show is dedicated to the short story, and we’re in three countries. In New York, we visited New Yorker Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman at her office, to discuss commissioning work and what she looks for in great short fiction.

Last month, we visited Pindrop in London, a short story event held in unusual venues. Organisers Elizabeth Day and Simon Oldfield showed us around, and we talked to the evening’s reader, A.L. Kennedy about her forthcoming collection of stories, All the Rage.

Simon Oldfield (L) and Elizabeth Day (R) organisers of Pindrop with writer AL Kennedy(C)

Photography by Francesca Oldfield @fran_oldfield

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AL Kennedy’s All The Rage is published by Jonathan Cape.


Short Stories

Back in Dublin, Mike McCormack and Colin Barrett tackle the Irish short story and ask if it really does reflect modern Irish life and whether it’s a conservative form.

Young Skins by Colin Barrett is published by Stinging Fly Press and Jonathan Cape.

 Forensic Songs by Mike McCormack is published by Lilliput



And Regan Hutchins’ Footnote this week tells of the most published short story writer ever in The New Yorker - John O’Hara.



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