Wednesday 3rd June

Book: Tender

Belinda McKeon’s 2011 debut novel, Solace, marked the arrival of a striking new voice in Irish fiction. Now, the Longford-born, New York-based writer has just published her second novel, Tender, ...

Tuesday 2nd June

Book Club - Americanah

In our book club this month we’ve been reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a book which is nominated for the IMPAC book award later this month. Americanah is a ...

Friday 29th May

Magdalene Women

The stories of the Magdalene Laundry survivors are sadly all too familiar to us now. However, while we associate their stories with women who had children out of wedlock, there ...

Thursday 28th May

George Mitchell - The Negotiator

On these shores my next guest is best known as primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland but in his time he has also served as ...

Tuesday 26th May

Book: A City in Civil War

The buildings and streets of our capital city bear many of the scars of the foundation of the state.  Historian Pádraig Yeates took it upon himself to look at life ...

Monday 25th May

Book: The Long Hot Summer

Kathleen MacMahon's debut novel, This is How it Ends, caused a sensation when it was sold at London Book Fair for a phenomenal €684,000. The book was sold as part ...

Friday 22nd May

Fighting Words

He may be known for his prizewinning novels but when he's not writing Roddy Doyle is busy helping students find their own writing voice in his Fighting Words project. One ...

Thursday 21st May

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

In 2003 my next guest was working for the British Council in Manchester. She answered a call looking for volunteers to help in the administration of Iraq after the war ...

Wednesday 20th May

The Great Divide

Inequality is an increasing problem in the Western world, leaving everyone – the rich as well as the poor – worse off. The dream of a socially mobile society is ...

Tuesday 19th May

Guantanamo Diary

It was 2002 when Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritian who had trained alongside al-Qaida, was first detained in Guantanamo Bay. Nearly thirteen years later he remains in his cell, despite ...



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