Interviews

The Book Show returns

I'm glad to be back on air with The Book Show on RTE Radio One after a short haitus. Our first show aired last Saturday, January 16th, 2016 and featured an in-depth interview with Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes. Recorded at his north London home, Barnes gave...

Interview: Kim Gordon

  Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Faber & Faber) One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the US West Coast, is how quiet she sounds. As the bass player in of the most musically interesting and decibel-bending bands of the last...

Interview: Sara Baume

The winner of the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award gave herself two years to write her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither. But she tells SINEAD GLEESON that she remains torn between fiction and visual art. “To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up...

Interview: Jimmy McGovern

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone. The writer is attending a funeral for a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster. Despite his long years in television making acclaimed dramas like Cracker, The Lakes and Dockers, the...

Interview: Yiyun Li

Poison and intrigue in past and present China - When Yiyun Li left China, at the age of 24, she couldn’t speak English. Now, nearly two decades later, she is recognised as one of its most perceptive contemporary writers There is no prerequisite for becoming a writer,...

Interview: Gary Shteyngart

When I finally get through to Gary Shteyngart’s London hotel room, after a Fawlty Towers style mix-up, he’s in bed. Not because he overslept but because he prefers to spend most of his time there writing, and jokes that he only leaves bed to go on book tours. “It’s...

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