Theo Dorgan: My Favourite

Theo Dorgan explains just why it’s impossible to have a favourite book. ONE OF THE MINOR HAZARDS of bringing out a new book is the phone call or e-mail from some young journalist who’s been tasked with filling space by getting you to answer one of those two-minute brain-dead quizzes—‘What’s your favourite restaurant/holiday destination/piece...

Sarah Maria Griffin: My Favourite …

Sarah Maria Griffin reveals her romance with the National Library in Dublin City and the LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire I’d known it was there for years before I really fell in love with it, and isn’t that how any truly great romance starts? I’d hopped in and out on afternoons when I needed silence....

Burkeopedia

The illustrated world of daughter-and-father team Kathi and John Burke The idea for Kathi and John’s first book, Irelandopedia, came as a result of a conversation between Kathi and Nicki Howard of Gill Books. Nicki admired Kathi’s style of map illustrations, and so a book of maps of Ireland’s counties was conceived. Now the...

Opinion: Bhúps! That’s a bit graphic!

Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh of Cois Life talks about publishing contemporary teenage fiction and confounding expectations as Gaeilge OPINION There’s nothing I like more than reading. First drafts, finished drafts, proofs, the book itself at last in print ... But for excitement nothing can beat a first draft. And so, last April...

What do we tell the children? Jane Mitchell on the Syrian civil war

Jane Mitchell’s book A Dangerous Crossing tells the story of Ghalib, a young Kurdish boy fleeing the Syrian civil war. Over the last few years, news reports have been replete with harrowing images of distressed children and of desperate families in overcrowded, leaky craft, tossed in the open sea. We read about people...

Hey YA – Podcast

Listen here. From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, the Hey YA podcast is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit. @BookRiot    

The Literary Salon – Podcast

Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world's best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières - all in front of a live audience at leading glamourous locations.

Books & Authors – BBC4 Podcast

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books. To listen, check it out here.

Stockists

Where can you get a copy of Books Ireland? Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier St, Dublin 2 Campus Bookshop UCD Charlie Byrne’s Secondhand Bookshop Dubray Books Blackrock Dubray Books Dun Laoghaire Dubray Books Galway

Thomas Kilroy (85): This Literary Life

 ‘Literary prizes are about marketing - many excellent writers never win anything’ Interview by Mary McCarthy A successful cataract operation in 2006 had the extraordinary effect of unlocking my memories of growing up in the small town of Callan in Kilkenny as I began to vividly remember parts of my...