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

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Release Date: 04/23/2020

#35 Learwife - Hatching and Hoping show art #35 Learwife - Hatching and Hoping

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“I had to create her out of nothing,” says JR Thorp of her debut novel Learwife, which explores the untold story of King Lear’s wife.

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#34 Carlo Gébler on the Power of Greek Myths show art #34 Carlo Gébler on the Power of Greek Myths

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Famously, King Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. That's what everyone knows about the Greek myth. But Carlo Gébler sets out to humanise the story.

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#33 BIG TOP, BIG DREAMS - SARAH WEBB show art #33 BIG TOP, BIG DREAMS - SARAH WEBB

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A chance meeting with a circus professor fired Sarah Webb’s imagination and led to her latest novel.

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#32 Myth-Making Michael Collins show art #32 Myth-Making Michael Collins

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Michael Collins is the the Irish Civil War's most famous casualty but there is a lot of “what-if-ery”about him, says Ireland’s best-known historian Diarmaid Ferriter.

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#31 The Road Less Travelled show art #31 The Road Less Travelled

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Playwright Rosaleen McDonagh talks about her activism, disability campaigning, journey through adult education which led to a Phd, and weaving together Traveller and settled culture, forging an identity from them.

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#30 Paul Perry's Eden Gone Wrong show art #30 Paul Perry's Eden Gone Wrong

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A delicate, rare bloom which is “like the blood diamonds of the flower world” and fetches millions of euro is the subject of poet Paul Perry’s first solo novel.

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#29 In Praise of Difficult Women show art #29 In Praise of Difficult Women

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Violet Gibson, an Irishwoman who attempted to shoot Mussolini, is a character in Evelyn Conlon’s short story collection, Moving About The Place.

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#28 Lisa McInerney's Riotous Revelations show art #28 Lisa McInerney's Riotous Revelations

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From social change to gender change - all bases are covered in this wide-ranging conversation with one of Ireland's most sparkling writers.

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#27 Look! It's A Woman Writer! show art #27 Look! It's A Woman Writer!

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A new collection of essays which reflect on the perils and compulsions of authorship, the vagaries of success and failure - and what counts as either.

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#26 Nora Barnacle - Joyce's Muse show art #26 Nora Barnacle - Joyce's Muse

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At the age of 20, Nora Barnacle left everything she knew behind to share the adventure of a lifetime with James Joyce.

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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