Dublin: One City One Book 2018 - the podcast

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DCL PodcastWe are relaunching Dublin City Libraries and Archive podcast with a new season looking back at Dublin: One City, One Book 2018, when we celebrated The Long Gaze Back, and the female voice in Irish literature. This anthology of 30 short stories edited by Sinead Gleeson is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

While this year's Dublin: One City, One Book events are postponed, we encourage you to enjoy this year's choice Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey, available electronically on our BorrowBox app, and in bookshops, and to listen back to highlights from previous years on our podcast.

This episode is a recording of the 'An Evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey and Susan Stairs' event which took place in Ballyroan Library. The recording includes both writers reading from their work and a follow-up discussion with librarian Mark Ward


Christine reads an extract from her story The Cat and the Mouse and Mary Lavin’s In the Middle of the Fields while Susan reads an extract from As Seen from Space.

Both writers have written from the perspective of a child; Christine with Tatty and Susan in The Story of Before. Here, they talk about both the challenges and creative opportunities of adopting a child’s voice and point of view. 

They compare and contrast the experience of writing a novel and short story, agreeing that they enjoy the immersive nature of the novel, both from the perspective of reading and writing. As short stories are concerned with capturing tiny moments or snapshots of lives readers' expectations differ - they are more accepting of open ended plots whereas with a novel there is expectation and an appetite for closure. 

Recorded at Ballyroan Library on 18 April 2018, with thanks to Mark Ward and South Dublin Libraries for making the audio available to us.

You can subscribe to the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. You can read 'The Long Gaze Back' on Borrowbox and of course you can order it from your favourite bookshop.

Finally if you’re interested in podcasts why not check out the Dublin Festival of History podcast which features recordings from the free annual event and the new City of Books podcast with Martina Devlin, the podcast for people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.

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