Join three phenomenally successful bestselling authors in one intimate room. Sinead Crowley’s latest thriller is partly set in (a fictionalised) Dalkey. Together with Jane Casey, author of the award-winning Maeve Kerrigan series, she will be talking to Liz Nugent about the rise and rise of the female thriller writers who dominate bestseller lists.
In the midst of the Second Intifada, two acts of extreme violence lead to an act of extraordinary humanity. A suicide bomb outside a nightclub in Tel Aviv killed 22 young Israelis. In apparent retribution, an Israeli settler shot Palestinian Al-Joulani rendering him brain-dead. From the ashes of these deadly events, rose an incredible act of generosity, when the family of Al-Joulani agreed to donate his heart to a dying Israeli.
Rowan Somerville spoke with survivors and their families, interviewing the surgeon who performed the transplant, and meeting the family of the suicide bomber . In this moving account of human anger and forgiveness, Somerville untangles the roots of violence, faith and tribal conflict, and examines the possibility of redemption.
‘A riveting, intelligent and scrupulously honest journey through the torment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It runs the gamut of human behaviour, from blood-curdling barbarity to extraordinary generosity; a tour-de-force.’ – Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times.
In conversation with Paula Shields.
With Arlene Foster as kingmaker, what does the creationist, climate-change denying, DUP who are against gay marriage and immigration, mean for the culture in Ireland, North and South? And what type of Britain is going to result from Teresa and Arlene’s shotgun marriage?
And what will it mean for women’ s lives in the North?
The Northern Irish female voice in fiction:
What makes a writer Irish or Northern Irish or both?
What impact does her gender play?
How does being born on one side of the Border or the other change how she writes?
An anthology featuring women writers from the North of Ireland explores some of these questions.
Appropriately, we discuss this in the Lodge – not the Orange Lodge but the Masonic Lodge with writers Martina Devlin and Jan Carson from the North and editor of The Glass Shore Sinead Gleeson.
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, Stoney Road Press are publishing a limited, boxed edition of the satirical essay A Modest Proposal, illustrated by satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe who was commissioned to produce three etchings for the book. The Introduction is by Fintan O’Toole who will launch the book followed by a reading of the essay by actor Nick Dunning. Let’s hope he gets further than did Peter O’Toole in1984. As Fintan O’ Toole reports: “When the Gaiety Theatre held a gala performance to mark its reopening after refurbishment, Peter O’Toole was invited to do the opening turn. Presumably, the expectation was that he would do a bit of Shakespeare, perhaps, or a Yeats poem. He decided to read, slowly and deliberately, Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, with its suggestion that the children of the Irish poor be sold as food for their landlords, “who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children”. Some members of the dress-suited audience began to heckle; others walked out. RTÉ, which was broadcasting the show live, cut O’Toole off in the middle of the reading and went to an ad break. “
Writing Competitions and Literary Journals: how important are they and do they really launch writing careers?
Writers Kerrie O’Brien, Sally Rooney, R.M. Clarke along with Sean Preston of Open Pen magazine talk to Sinead Gleeson.