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Dec 28, 2020

Louis de Bernières may be known worldwide as the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - but at nineteen, teaching in Colombia, he was known for something else. Dancing like a chicken.

He talks to City of Books about how "we raised a lot of dust, raised a lot of fun" during that life-changing period in South America....


Dec 11, 2020

In her first podcast interview since winning the An Post Irish Book of the Year award for 2020, Doireann Ní Ghríofa describes how she shares her life with a famous 18th century widow – Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill.

When she began the literary detective work that resulted in A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann began to...


Nov 26, 2020

Writer Eoin McNamee blurs fact and fiction to produce art, whether exploring the activities of secret intelligence agencies or speculating on why Princess Diana died in a high speed car accident.

His 17 novels are gritty and poetic – beautifully written noir – and have earned him a Booker nomination. But they...


Oct 30, 2020

Writer Emma Donoghue tells City of Books how she wrote an Oscar-nominated script working with director Lenny Abrahamson on Room.

She also talks about her latest novel The Pull of the Stars set during the 1918 flu pandemic – with parallels that sound a familiar note today.

For more on Emma’s...


Sep 18, 2020

Ireland's man in Washington, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, talks us through the rhyme and reason of poetry - and how literature can act as a cultural bridge. He practises what he preaches by tweeting daily poems.

Also in this episode, Professor Chris Morash of Trinity College Dublin discusses who's in the shakeup for a...