Books

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...

Announcing The Glass Shore…

Happy International Women's Day - and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey's Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion...

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...

Music

Interview: Dolly Parton

She says she might look cheap but she's a quality person. Dolly Parton, the sassy country star from a "dirt poor" family, has always been serious about the music. She talks to SINEAD GLEESON APART FROM barely-speaking toddlers, it's very difficult to find anyone who...

Film

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Television

Interview: Will Arnett

  When interviewing comic actors, there is an expected protocol: you wonder how long before the first of many jokes lands, but Will Arnett may take the record with ten seconds in. When the publicist points out that I’m from the Irish Times, he quips that he’s...

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...

Radio

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