Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood“It wasn’t me who made it up, it was people.”

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Praise be. It’s easy to imagine faithful followers of Margaret Atwood raising their eyes to literary heaven and giving thanks at the news that she’d penned a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. It seems the judges of the Booker Prize agree. In a show of defiance worthy of a rebellious handmaid, the Booker judges chose to flout the 1993 regulation that …

Digital Detox Holidays ‘You don’t spend hours making an itinerary beforehand.  You just go and you plug out’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Enter the no phone zone.  With the popularity of digital detox holidays on the rise, Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Editor with the Irish Independent spoke to Marian about ways to switch off and plug out. “This trend in travel and people trying to get back to nature, trying to get offline and off-grid, speaks to the kind of lives we’re …

Yoga keeps you younger?‘There’s an internal revolution going on.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Can yoga keep you looking and feeling younger? Could the fountain of youth be the downward dog? Yoga instructor Michael Ryan joined Marian Finucane to make the case for why taking up yoga could take years off your life. Michael is yoga instructor to President Michael D Higgins himself, joking that this makes him “the backbone of the country”. How did he …

Sally Field on her new memoir‘I had a life that was filled both with magic and with trauma’

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2 Academy Awards, 3 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes is just the tip of the iceberg of achievements for Hollywood legend Sally Field, but a look beyond the glamour reveals a story of complexity, confusion and external and internal struggle.  Now Sally has penned her memoir, ‘In Pieces’, a deeply personal exploration of self and one that she never originally …

Clean up your act... then post it on social media‘The younger generation… they don’t actually know how to clean’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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“She was very, very clean.  She used to even iron her dusters!” said Sue Ryder, speaking of her mother who taught her well.  Sue has made it her life’s mission to pass on her mother’s message and get people all around the country cleaning up their act.  She is the Managing Director of Cleaner Angels and she joined Marian Finucane …

Michael Palin’s hunt for the long-lost HMS Erebus

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From Monty Python to the ends of the earth, actor, author and presenter Michael Palin has done it all, and then gone back, and done some more. His latest quest has seen him trace the voyage of the HMS Erebus on a passion project he jumped into inspired by the life of Joseph Hooker, who signed on to become an …

Roddy Doyle‘Even a death threat, somehow, was a good review.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Writer Roddy Doyle was listening to Morning Ireland one day when an interview caught his attention. A homeless woman was describing the process of trying to secure accommodation for her family every night. An idea was born, he told Marian Finucane. “What really grabbed me was when she said that her partner couldn’t help because he was at work…We do have a kind of …

The transition to third level education ‘You’re driving your own learning, you’re not a passenger anymore.’

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The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and all around the country, 200,000 students are preparing for the return to university.  Homes may be quieter (and quite possibly tidier) but that can prove little consolation to the parents who have to accept that their little darlings are all grown up and taking the next step towards making it …