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Dublin, Ireland
Broadcaster and Journalist — Irish Times, RTÉ
As seen in:  Irish Times, RTÉ, Guardian

@bookshowrte presenter, journalist & panel host. Editor of The Long Gaze Back anthology (Sep '15 @newislandbooks) Book Reviewer at @IrishTimes @RTEArena

Marc Almond: ‘I never felt confident in myself as a songwriter’ — There was a time when Thursday night Top of the Pops was a shared ritual. Living in a TV land that consisted of a handful of channels was a factor, but TOTP was a show everyone watched and talked about. In 1981-1982, a black-clad duo playing electronic pop made several appearances.
Jul 23, 2015

Ahead of his @NCH_Music show, I talked to @MarcAlmond about Soft Cell, opera, Jacques Brel, drugs & health.

The Long Gaze Back - An Anthology of Irish Women Writers — The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

Voice of Generation Spex: Poly Styrene — Occasionally an interview comes a writer's way with strict caveats and don't-bring-it-up stipulations from PR handlers. In the case of X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene, aka Marianne Elliott-Said, there is a polite request not to mention her cancer. This I'm fine with, even though I know she has spoken about it elsewhere.
Jul 03, 2015

Re: Poly Styrene. This interview broke my heart. Hospice ambulance arrived as we spoke & she died three weeks later.…

"This was no boat accident" — One morning in the 1980s, my younger brother and I shuffled down the stairs, bleary-eyed and slightly shell-shocked. As we mournfully munched our cereal, we wondered who'd confess first. "I thought he was going to come through the wall!" he finally wailed. I nodded in solemn agreement.
Jun 20, 2015

Oh Jaws, oh do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (And happy 40th anniversary to "Bruce")…

Patricia Highsmith: a talented writer who always let rip — In 1948, at the age of 27, Patricia Highsmith had an idea for a novel: two men, strangers to each other, meet on a train and agree to swap murders, thus giving themselves an alibi. As Highsmith struggled to finish the book, Truman Capote wrote her a reference for the Yaddo writer's retreat.

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave review: in-flight doodling from a dark master — Twenty-five years ago the German film-maker Uli M Schüppel made The Road to God Knows Where, a documentary that followed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a US tour. Shot in grainy black and white, this was not the hell-raising shenanigans of Mötley Crüe's The Dirt: instead it was a meditative take on the highs of performing, alongside the logistical, tedious lows of touring.
May 02, 2015

Coincidence: 22 years ago today, I saw @nickcave play Dublin for the first time. Today, I reviewed The Sick Bag Song.…

Last Night on Earth, by Kevin Maher: A charming post-Ginger Man chancer — In his debut novel, The Fields, Kevin Maher took us to the Ireland of the 1970s, and 13-year-old Jim Finnegan. It's a classic first novel, an Irish Bildungsroman, as Jim, the baby in a family of older girls, grapples with first love and his father's cancer, not to mention predatory priests.

Kim Gordon: The bands, the blues, and other sonic truths — One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the American west coast, is how quiet she sounds. Seeing as she's the bass player in one of the most musically interesting and decibel-bending bands of the past 30 years, it's all too easy to conflate the on- and off-stage personas.
Apr 04, 2015

"The need to be a woman out in front never entered my mind at all”. I spoke to @KimletGordon about her excellent book…

Championing women writers, broadening the mind — Last year the writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh created a series of hand-drawn bookmarks of some of her female literary heroes. Among them were Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir and Deborah Levy, and Walsh began to ask on Twitter: what books by women writers are you reading?

In praise of Anne Enright, by Sinéad Gleeson — We are not short of exceptional women writers in Ireland. When it comes to the canon and continuity, Anne Enright rightly sits alongside Elizabeth Bowen, Edna O'Brien and Maeve Brennan. At the same time her work is so distinct that it's difficult to compare her to another Irish writer.
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Jul 31, 2015

@jimcarrollOTR It's such a posh word. I'm picturing chandeliers and - naturally - a pyramid of Ferrero Rocher. #FancyBanter

Jul 31, 2015

@jimcarrollOTR I saw this and thought of you, in case you ever start running posh Banters in French châteaux...…

Jul 30, 2015

@HoranBex @raptureponies @corinagrant2 I love this - thanks for coming! You really captured what every @judyblume fan felt that night.

Jul 30, 2015

@ColinBarrett82 I was hanging on for about two seasons longer than I should have. I couldn't walk away. Argh.

Jul 30, 2015

*Falls down Internet hole*. All the Mad Men props are being optioned. You'll find me in the Peggy Olsen section.…

Jul 30, 2015

"I hadn’t realised that sexism was ubiquitous & that every woman suffered from its effects" Great @mark_haddon piece:…

Jul 30, 2015

@OSEoghan I believe so. We're a big "listen back" show. Cheers Eoghan.

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