Anthony Horowitz in Conversation with Sinéad Crowley
Listen back to bestselling author Anthony Horowitz in conversation with author and RTÉ correspondent Sinéad Crowley, recorded in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 7pm. Hear the wonderfully entertaining Anthony Horowitz read from his latest novel 'The Word is Murder' and talk to Sinéad Crowley about what he reads, how he writes and the way he's seeking to change the classic template for murder mysteries.We love this quote where Anthony remembers when he first discovered libraries and reading as a young boy at boarding school:"I found a library and I began to read books. And books became to me much more than just a read, they became a lifeline, they became an escape" Anthony read from, and talked about his latest novel The Word is Murder, which is the first of a brilliant new detective series set in London featuring Detective Michael Hawthorne.Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK, juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism. He has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels – The House of Silk and Moriarty. He was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. His most recent stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders, was a Top Five Sunday Times bestseller.Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. DCS Foyle was voted the nation’s favourite detective in 2011.Anthony was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014. Sinéad Crowley is the author of three crime novels featuring Detective Claire Boyle. Her debut novel Can Anybody Help Me? was a bestseller in Ireland and shortlisted for the Crime Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2014. Her other two novels are Are You Watching Me? and One Bad Turn, which was published in June. She is the Arts and Media Correspondent for RTÉ, working on television, radio and online. The Word is MurderIt’s been two years since Injustice aired and Detective Daniel Hawthorne needs cash. Having gotten himself fired from his job at the Metropolitan police, Hawthorne decides to approach Anthony Horowitz. He’s investigating a bizarre and complex murder and he wants Anthony to write a book about it, a bestselling book of course, with a 50/50 split. The only catch is they need to solve the crime.But award winning crime writer Anthony Horowitz has never been busier in his life. He’s working on Foyle’s War and writing his first Sherlock Holmes novel. He has a life of his own and doesn’t really want to be involved with a man he finds challenging to say the least. And yet he finds himself fascinated by the case and the downright difficult detective with the brilliant, analytical mind. Would it be really such a crazy idea for Anthony to become the Watson to his Holmes? The Hastings to his Poirot?Should he stick to writing about murder? Or should he help investigate?A classic crime for the modern reader, The Word is Murder is a whodunnit to end all whodunnits.
Dublin Literary Award 2017 Winners Reading and Q&A
On the evening of Thursday, 22 June, literary award winners José Eduardo Agualusa and Daniel Hahn gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Sinéad Crowley, in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Author José Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.Listen to the reading and interview [play time: 53:46 minutes]: A General Theory of Oblivion tells the story of Ludo, who on the eve of Angolan independence, bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home.The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his pursuers and a note attached to a bird’s foot. Until one day she meets Sabalu, a young boy from the street who climbs up to her terrace.A General Theory of Oblivion is available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries.The International Dublin Literary Award is sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.Thank-you for listening to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive Podcast. To hear more, please subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. You can also visit our website - dublincitypubliclibraries.ie and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Short Stories with Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell
Listen back to authors Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell reading from their collections and discussing their creative writing process. Recorded in the Central Library on 7 April 2017 as part of their Contemporary Irish Literature Series which took place during March and April 2017.Danielle’s debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK, US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. She has won various awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, The Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition.Roisín’s debut short story collection Wild Quiet was published in 2016 by New Island Books. It was listed as one of The Irish Times' Favourite Books of 2016 and shortlisted for the Kate O'Brien Award 2017. Roisín’s short stories appear in Young Irelanders (2015), and in the award-winning anthologies of Irish women's writing The Long Gaze Back (2015) and The Glass Shore (2016). Hear more from the Contemporary Irish Literature SeriesHearts and Minds with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar. A special evening of collaborative and interactive readings with Booker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan and Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Martin Dyar. The two writers also talk about their creative writing process and the centrality of rural Ireland to their work. Award winning writer Sara Baume reads from and discusses her second novel A Line Made by Walking. Thank-you for listening to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive Podcast. To hear more, please subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. You can also visit our website - dublincitypubliclibraries.ie and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Listen to award-winning Irish author Sara Baume as she reads from her second novel a line made by walking, and discusses how she came to write this, and her debut novel, spill, simmer, falter, wither. Recorded at the Central Library on 9 March 2017, as part of the Contemporary Irish Literature Series.'A line made by walking' charts a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland. Struggling to cope with urban life and life in general, Frankie retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier.Books Sara mentions, that like 'a line made by walking', are somewhere between novel, essay and ode to nature: The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, The Lonely City by Olivia LaingSara Baume studied fine art before earning a Master's in Creative Writing. Her short fiction has appeared in the The Moth, The Stinging Fly, the Irish Independent, and others. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Sara's debut novel, spill simmer falter wither received national and international critical acclaim and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award and is one of seven novels by Irish authors on the longlist for 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Her second novel, a line made by walking was published in February 2017.Hear more from the Contemporary Irish Literature SeriesHearts and Minds with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar. A special evening of collaborative and interactive readings with Booker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan and Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Martin Dyar. The two writers also talk about their creative writing process and the centrality of rural Ireland to their work. Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell read from their collections and discuss their creative writing process. Thank-you for listening to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive Podcast. To hear more, please subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. You can also visit our website - dublincitypubliclibraries.ie and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Booker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan and Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Martin Dyar visited the Central Library on 2 March 2017 for a special evening of collaborative and interactive explorations of their work. Donal and Martin read from their own works and read excerpts from each others work in a special call and response format.The two writers also discussed their writing process and the centrality of rural Ireland to their work, before answering questions from the audience.Part of the Contemporary Irish Literature Series in the Central Library.Donal Ryan from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary is the author of the novels The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, All We Shall Know and the short-story collection A Slanting of the Sun. The Spinning Heart won the Irish Book Awards, Book of the Year 2012, the Guardian First Book Award and the Dublin Book Festival Irish Book of the Decade. The Thing about December and All We Shall Know were shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, novel of the year award.Born in Sligo, Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford in County Mayo. A graduate of NUIG and TCD, his poetry has received a number of honours, including the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. In 2010 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He has also been a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His debut collection, Maiden Names, published by Arlen House, was shortlisted for the 2014 Piggott Prize. Hear more from the Contemporary Irish Literature SeriesAward winning writer Sara Baume reads from and discusses her second novel A Line Made by Walking.Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell read from their collections and discuss their creative writing process. Thank-you for listening to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive Podcast. To hear more, please subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. You can also visit our website - dublincitypubliclibraries.ie and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Dublin Revealed: author readings in the Central Library
Dublin City Public Libraries and Ireland Literature Exchange presented a series of talks and readings, 'Dublin Revealed' in the Central Library in May 2011. Three of these talks and readings are available to listen to here.Right: Paul Murray, Carlo Gébler, Kevin BarryCarlo GéblerBorn in Dublin in 1954, Carlo Gébler was brought up in London and studied at the University of York and the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield. His novels include The Eleventh Summer (1985), Work & Play (1987), Malachy and his Family (1990), Life of a Drum (1991), The Cure (1994), How to Murder a Man (1998) and A Good Day for a Dog (2008). He collaborated with Patrick Maguire to write the 2008 memoir, My Father's Watch: The Story of a Child Prisoner in 70s Britain, imbuing it with a "quiet emotionalism" (The Guardian). His books for children are well-known: Caught on a Train (2001) was short-listed for a Bisto prize. In addition, he has written articles and short stories for many national publications and a libretto for opera. He is a film-maker, producer and director of television documentaries. Carlo’s work has been supported by ILE in Italian and Hebrew. Carlo Gébler is a member of Aosdána and lives in Enniskillen, where he currently is writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry. Browse Carlo Gébler books in the library catalogue.Listen Carlo Gébler reading from his new novel The Dead Eight, followed by questions and answers. Introduction by Sinéad Mac Aodha (13th May 2011).Carlo Gébler talk transcript.Kevin BarryKevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969 and now lives in Sligo. His first collection of short stories, There Are Little Kingdoms, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2007. Fellow Irish short story writer Philip Ó Ceallaigh praised them as 'vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories that deserve to be read and reread and to outlast the strange years that made them'. He has written about travel and literature for The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and many other publications. His debut novel City of Bohane (published last month) is set in 2054 in the fictional city of Bohane in the West of Ireland, which is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. Irvine Welsh has described Barry as ‘the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years’. Check the availability of City of Bohane and There are Little Kingdoms in the catalogue.Listen to Kevin Barry reading from City of Bohane, followed by questions and answers. With an introduction by Aoife Walsh (20th May 2011).Kevin Barry talk transcriptPaul MurrayBorn in Dublin in 1975, Paul Murray studied English Literature in Trinity College. He later completed a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing at East Anglia University. His riotously funny début novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes (2003), was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. Skippy Dies (2010) was long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Neil Jordan is set to direct the film adaptation. Skippy Dies has been supported by ILE in Italian, German and Norwegian. "Skippy Dies is so appealing and surprising that the pages pass with ease", The Guardian. Check the availability of Skippy Dies and An Evening of Long Goodbyes in the catalogue.Listen to Paul Murray reading from Skippy Dies, followed by questions and answers. With an introduction by Paul Murray (27th May 2011).Paul Murray talk transcript. Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston also read and took questions at the Central Library as part of Dublin Revealed on 6th May.Jennifer Johnston (1930) was born in Dublin. She is a novelist and a dramatist, her most recent novel being Truth or Fiction, published in 2009 by Headline Review. Foolish Mortals (2007) was voted Irish Book of the Decade in 2010. She has received many awards: the 1979 Whitbread Award for The Old Jest; the Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio play (1989) and Shadows on our Skin (1977) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was short-listed for the Daily Express Best Book of the Year 1992 for The Invisible Worm. The Irish Independent has called her "one of Ireland's finest writers". With support from ILE, her work has been translated into French, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Romanian and Bulgarian. Jennifer Johnston lives in Derry and is a member of Aosdána. Browse Jennifer Johnston books in the library catalogue. Subscribe to literary readings and talks in a reader
In Other Words - Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library
Dublin City Public Libraries and Ireland Literature presented a series of talks and readings, 'In Other Words . . .Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library' in the Central Library in November 2010.Right: John Boyne, Hugo Hamilton, Tadhg Mac DhonnagáinMargaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian says:This initiative, organised by Ireland Literature Exchange and Dublin’s Central Library, offers an opportunity to showcase the impressive range of Ireland’s literature in translation. It is particularly apt in the year that Dublin achieved recognition as a UNESCO City of Literature that members of the public can meet with some of the writers who made this designation possible.Readings/TalksJohn BoyneJohn Boyne gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. The book won the Irish Children’s Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award. Several of his children’s stories have been televised or adapted for radio. John Boyne’s most recent novel for adults, The House of Special Purpose, was published last year and his new novel for young readers, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, was published just last month. With the support of Ireland Literature Exchange, John’s works have been published in Slovenian, Hungarian, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian and Finnish.Listen to a talk and reading by John Boyne (Recorded 10 November 2010).John Boyne talk transcript.Hugo HamiltonHugo Hamilton is a writer of German-Irish descent and a member of Aosdána. He is the winner of the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Hamilton’s memoirs, The Speckled People (2003) and The Sailor in the Wardrobe (2006), have become bestsellers and have fascinated readers all over the world. The Speckled People won the prestigious Prix Femina Étranger in France, as well as the Berto prize in Italy and has been translated into 15 languages to date. His latest novel, Hand in the Fire, was published this year by Fourth Estate. Hugo’s works have been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Greek, Serbian, Norwegian and Danish.Listen to a talk by Hugo Hamilton (Recorded 17 November 2010).Hugo Hamilton talk transcriptTadhg Mac DhonnagáinTadhg Mac Dhonnagáin is a writer, musician, editor and publisher based in An Spidéal, in the Conamara Gaeltacht. He has worked in television in Ireland for twenty five years, as scriptwriter, presenter and producer. His work has been recognised by a number of Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Awards, for projects including the RTÉ arts series Cúrsaí Ealaíne, which he presented for five years. The TG4 teen comedy drama series Aifric, which he created and wrote, has won three IFTA awards for best young people’s programme, in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Aifric also won the Young People’s award at the Celtic Film and Television Festival, 2008. Tadhg’s publishing company, Futa Fata, produces high-quality books for the Irish market, working in co-operation with publishing partners in Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, the UK and the US.Listen to a talk by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin (Recorded 24 November 2010).Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin talk transcriptDublin City Public Libraries Rosetta CollectionThe Rosetta Collection gathers a selection of contemporary Irish writing translated into thirty languages. It includes important donations to Dublin City Public Libraries by Ireland Literature Exchange. It features household names and lesser known lights alike, and makes Irish writing available to a world audience in Dublin.Housed in the Central Library’s World Books collection, it is available to readers in all Dublin City Public Library branches and throughout the country. View the Rosetta Collection in our catalogue. Subscribe to literary readings and talks in a reader