Promising Young Women‘First you’re too young to know anything and then you’re too pregnant to be useful’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Not your average story of an office love triangle, ‘Promising Young Women’ by Cork-born, London-based promising young woman Caroline O’Donoghue is an office affair with “quite a rotten, dark twist in the tale,” as Ryan Tubridy put it.  Caroline spoke to Ryan about how her novel came to be. “I started writing what was essentially a kind of romantic triangle… …

Liz Nugent on 'Divine' inspiration for latest novel‘That song stayed with me from the first day and I played it over and over again, examining the lyrics’

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Picture the scene, It’s (give or take) 10 years ago.  You’re listening to Ryan Tubridy on the radio, and you hear Divine Comedy and their song ‘Lady of a Certain Age‘.  You’re immediately inspired. Author Liz Nugent joined Ryan Tubridy today to discuss how the concept for her 3rd book ‘Skin Deep’ was formed.   It’s a tale of intrigue about …

JP Donleavey on The Gingerman‘One got interested in it and got frightened to publish it’

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The death of acclaimed Irish–American author JP Donleavy has been announced. His most famous work ‘The Gingerman’, which was published in 1955, was originally banned in both Ireland and the US. Based on the time he spent as a student in Trinity College Dublin, it later became a cult classic. On Arena, Seán Rocks explored the archives playing a clip …

To Kill The President ‘It does feel as if the mood is right for this kind of story.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Jonathan Freedland – writing as Sam Bourne – has written a book with the provocative title, To Kill The President.  Ryan Tubridy loves everything about the book, starting with the cover, which, he says, reminds him of his childhood when his parents’ bookshelves were full 70s paranoia-infused political thrillers like The Day of the Jackal.  The same thought occurred to …

Roddy Doyle on his school years‘The level of violence was just unbelievable’

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Roddy Doyle’s novel, Smile, is not about his schoolboy-self. But his time at a Christian Brother’s school certainly had an impact on his latest work. Roddy spoke on The Ryan Tubridy Show about his days at the school, which he described as “the foundation” of the book. Painting a picture of a haphazardly planned school, Roddy noted that “the science …

Bloomsday 2017Composer Brian Byrne sets the words of James Joyce to music.

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Bloomsday 2017 sees the release of Brian Byrne’s new album Goldenhair, featuring 21 new songs composed by Byrne set to the words of James Joyce. Byrne has many strings to his bow.  He’s a Golden Globe nominated and multi award winning film composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, and these connections gave him a wealth of performers to draw on for …

Alan McMonagleMy agent said, ‘Not only do they want your first book, they want your second book’. I can’t remember what he said after that. I was on the ground.”

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If you’re looking to join Ireland’s long list of noted writers, having Patrick McCabe as your primary school teacher is not a bad place to start. For Galway-based author Alan McMonagle, that’s exactly how his love of writing was nurtured. As he told Ryan Tubridy this morning, “One of my abiding memories is not spending so much time on Mathematics …

Winnie Li on surviving rape‘It was like, is this actually happening to me? You end up doing whatever you can to survive.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“Nobody is born a rapist,” said Winnie Li. “Everybody is innocent when they are born.” These are remarkable words, from somebody who has herself been the victim of an extremely violent act of rape. And for Winnie Li, understanding what motivated her attacker to become a violent rapist at the young age of 15 became a driving force in life. …