A new book show is launching on RTÉ Radio 1 and is promising an exciting array of interviews with some of the world's leading writers.
Speaking to RTÉ TEN about the show, presenter Sinead Gleeson said: "We’re an independently produced show, airing on Saturday nights on RTÉ Radio 1 for half an hour, from November 23.
"We’re looking forward to talking to writers, discussing books and generally trying to engage listeners. Books really matter, so we’re trying to convince people of that."
The Book Show is for: "Anyone who loves books and reading. As well as trying to introduce people to new writers, we hope to resurrect classic or obscure authors who have been forgotten or overlooked.
"Our Book Show special earlier this month (on November 2) featured Maeve Brennan, and we got a huge response from people whose interest was piqued by her life, and now want to explore her work. That’s the best response you could hope for with an item. She’s one of my literary heroes."
She added: "[Radio 1's arts programme] Arena do a brilliant job with book reviews so we decided there was no need for us to duplicate that. We’re trying to look at angles and themes when we talk to writers, so that many of our interviews are not ‘straight-up’ chats.
"Often, we’ll talk to a couple of writers separately about a related link, and then the fun comes (for Zoe Comyns, our producer) in editing them together. I keep thinking of each episode of The Book Show as a bit of jigsaw puzzle…. And it’s really important for us to get out of the studio for atmosphere – we’ve recorded beside lakes, in crypts and on the street in New York!"
Listen to The Book Show from Saturday November 23 at 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1, 88-90fm and on the RTÉ Radio Player.