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#15 How Emma Donoghue Won an Oscar

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Release Date: 10/30/2020

#36 Making Music With Birds And Bugs show art #36 Making Music With Birds And Bugs

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“Birds sing because they have to – because they must,” says the man who knows more than most about the subject, Professor David Rothenberg, an American musician, philosopher and writer whose books include Why Birds Sing, Nightingales in Berlin and Bug Music.  “Birdsong is the real classic music, this is oldest music we know. It’s been around so much longer than the human species – it’s stood the test of time,” he says. “It’s in their very nature to need to sing, just like humans need to make music – we just have to do it. It’s part of the very essence of being a...

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#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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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 book: https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/emma-donoghue/the-pull-of-the-stars/9781529046151

City of Books is hosted by Martina Devlin

Music by Daragh Dukes

Supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and MOLI The Museum of Literature Ireland