City of Books
Martina Devlin talks books with people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.
info_outline #36 Making Music With Birds And Bugs 01/20/2022
#36 Making Music With Birds And Bugs “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 bird, of being a human, a humpbacked whale, a cricket or a cicada.” Professor Rothenberg, distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, plays music live on location with creatures large and small, from insects in ponds to whales in the middle of the ocean. His latest book is The Possibility of Reddish Green, about the philosopher Wittgenstein. More information:
info_outline #21 Louise O'Neill on Why She's a Warrior not a Princess 02/11/2021
#21 Louise O'Neill on Why She's a Warrior not a Princess “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."
info_outline #20 Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetic Licence Earned 01/28/2021
#20 Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetic Licence Earned Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks about a time when books were banned in Ireland.
info_outline #10 Colum McCann on Motorbikes and the Middle East 06/04/2020
#10 Colum McCann on Motorbikes and the Middle East Writer Colum McCann talks about his hope that his book, Apeirogon, may contribute to peace. It fictionalises the true story of two fathers, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who each lose a child in the conflict.
info_outline #8 Joanna Trollope on Fiction, Family and Feminism 05/08/2020
#8 Joanna Trollope on Fiction, Family and Feminism Three Fs have been a consistent part of international bestseller Joanna Trollope's life:
info_outline #7 The Child's Eye from Marita Conlon-McKenna 04/23/2020
#7 The Child's Eye from Marita Conlon-McKenna 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. All this and more from Marita Conlon-McKenna, much-loved author of Under The Hawthorn Tree.