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#7 The Child's Eye from Marita Conlon-McKenna

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Release Date: 04/23/2020

#25 Rónán Hession on Why Kindness is King show art #25 Rónán Hession on Why Kindness is King

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“One of the brilliant things about books is that you can buy a book by the very best writers and if it still costs a tenner – it doesn’t cost any more than bad writing,” says Rónán Hession.

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#24 John Banville Fades To Black show art #24 John Banville Fades To Black

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John Banville, who has killed off his own Benjamin Black pen name, is disturbed by explicit depictions of violence in popular culture.

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#23 Neil Jordan and the Runaway Slave show art #23 Neil Jordan and the Runaway Slave

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan runs parallel careers as a director and novelist, and his latest book is his most cinematic.

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#22 Danielle McLaughlin Finding Herself show art #22 Danielle McLaughlin Finding Herself

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“As someone prone to get lost in the darker currents of my own head I’ve found it healthier to get lost in a book,” says Danielle McLaughlin.

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#21 Louise O'Neill on Why She's a Warrior not a Princess show art #21 Louise O'Neill on Why She's a Warrior not a Princess

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“The number 63 has come up for me time and time again in very strange ways,” says writer Louise O’Neill. “I have put it in each of my books."

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#20 Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetic Licence Earned show art #20 Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetic Licence Earned

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Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks about a time when books were banned in Ireland.

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#19 Anne Enright on an Altered Ireland show art #19 Anne Enright on an Altered Ireland

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“I don’t know if Ireland is the same any more,” says Booker Prize winner and former Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright.

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#18 Many Strings to de Bernières's Mandolin show art #18 Many Strings to de Bernières's Mandolin

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Louis de Bernières is 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.

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#17 Haunted By The Ghost show art #17 Haunted By The Ghost

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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.

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#16 Eoin McNamee's Hidden Histories show art #16 Eoin McNamee's Hidden Histories

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

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Marita Conlon-McKenna is the much-loved author of many books for children and adults. They include her children's classic about Ireland's Great Famine, Under The Hawthorn Tree. She talks here about the magic of storytelling, why famine stories continue to grip us and the powerful use of the child's voice in Tatty - the 2020 Dublin One City One Book choice.

For more about Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey https://www.newisland.ie/fiction/tatty/

For more about Marita Conlon-McKenna and her fiction including her latest novel The Hungry Road https://maritaconlonmckenna.com/

Produced and presented by Martina Devlin

Music by Daragh Dukes