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Podcasts 2017


Roy Hattersley

The Catholics


Pavilion Theatre


Here is the first book to tell the story of the Catholics in Britain and Ireland in a single volume – from a master of popular history and 'a first-class storyteller' (The Times).

Throughout the three hundred years that followed the Act of Supremacy, Catholics were prosecuted, persecuted and penalised for the public expression of their faith. Access to archives in Britain and Rome has enabled Roy Hattersley to reveal previously unpublished material as diverse as the instructions to Jesuit priests on how to evade capture, the reaction of peaceful Protestant Londoners to the Gordon Riots, Cardinal Newman’s attempts to discredit Augustus Pugin, ‘God’s architect’, and the discovery in England that the Pope had called for the assassination of Queen Elizabeth.

The Catholics, as good history should, helps to increase the understanding of modern events. It portrays the Reformation as an essentially political event of which Henry’s wish for divorce was the occasion not the cause – an early example of England’s wish to stand alone rather than in concert with continental Europe.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday March 26th 2017.

Ryan Tubridy and P.J. Lynch

Patrick and the President

Pavilion Theatre


Ryan Tubridy and P J Lynch taledk about their stunning new picture book, ‘Patrick and the President’. Watch PJ’s illustrations unfold on the big screen and hear how Ryan was inspired to write about JF Kennedy’s trip to Ireland.

Broadcaster and writer, Ryan Tubridy has collaborated with Irish Children’s Laureate, Laureate Na n-Óg PJ Lynch to produce a beautiful picture book which tells the story of a young Irish boy preparing for the visit of John Fitzgerald Kennedy to his town in 1963. 'Patrick and the President' will be published by Walker Books in March 2017 ahead of the centenary of JFK's birth.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday March 26th 2017.

Judith Kerr

in conversation with Ian Craig

Pavilion Theatre


We were thrilled to welcome a true legend of children’s books to our festival. Judith Kerr is author and illustrator of the landmark picture book, A Tiger Who Came to Tea, along with many other award winning children’s books including Mog the Forgetful Cat and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Judith will be in conversation with her lifelong editor and designer, Ian Craig.

Judith Kerr was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945.

Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children’s books.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday March 25th 2017.

John Boyne and Chris Cleave

Chaired by Nadine O'Regan

Pavilion Theatre


In his latest novel, John Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. John Boyne has published nine novels for adults and ve for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and was made into a Miramax feature lm.

Chris Cleave's debut novel Incendiary won the Somerset Maugham Award, among others. His second, the Costa-shortlisted The Other Hand, was a global bestseller and sat in the New York Times Top Ten for over a year (under the US title, Little Bee). Both books were shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prizes. His third book, Gold, con rmed his status as 'one of our most powerful, important and psychologically insightful novelists'. Everyone Brave is Forgiven became an instant bestseller in 2016.

Nadine O'Regan is Books and Arts Editor with The Sunday Business Post.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Friday March 24th 2017.

Vona Groarke and Paula Meehan

introduced by Jessica Traynor

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Poetry Now 2017 kicked off with a megaton of poetic power, times two.

Vona Groarke has published ten titles with Gallery Press, including seven poetry collections, the latest being Selected Poems, (2016). Her most recent publication is a book-length essay on art frames, Four Sides Full. Her poems have recently appeared in The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, The Guardian, Poetry and Poetry Review. A previous editor of Poetry Ireland Review, current selector for the UK's Poetry Book Society and a member of Aosdána, she teaches poetry in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

Paula Meehan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, lectures from her time as Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013 - 2016, was published by UCD Press last year. 2016 also saw the publication of her seventh collection of poems, Geomantic, from Dedalus Press. Of this book Anne Enright has written: 'Each poem in Paula Meehan's new collection, Geomantic, is perfectly pitched and weighed. It is a book to be savoured. Everything in it feels familiar and new. She is working at the height of her powers.'

Jessica Traynor's debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim, was nominated for the 2015 Shine/Strong Award.

This podcast was recorded in dlr LexIcon, The Studio, on Friday March 24th 2017.

The Untied State of America

with Simon Carswell, Gary Younge and Amy Chozick
Moderator: Mark Little

Pavilion Theatre


The campaign and ultimate election victory of Donald Trump has left many people feeling aghast and disoriented. One writer likened the feeling to sea-sickness – terrible for a while but sure to pass quickly enough. But will it? Some believe he will not serve out his full term but Trump is a street-fighter and may not be so easily dislodged. With Congress and the Supreme Court under his control, his freedom of action is almost unlimited. Will the America of 2020 resemble the country we once thought we knew? A panel of experts assess how Trump’s election came to pass and what it might mean for Americans and for the rest of us.

Washington Correspondent of The Irish Times since December 2012, Simon Carswell was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Gary Younge is editor-at-large for the Guardian. His recent book, Another Day in the Death of America, focussed on the victims of American gun culture. Amy Chozick is a national political correspondent for The New York Times and the paper’s lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton campaign. Harper Collins will publish her memoir about covering Clinton next year.

Moderator, Mark Little became RTÉ's first Washington Correspondent in 1995. He has written two books on America Turn Left at Greenland and The New America.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Wednesday March 22nd 2017.

BREXIT: What it means for Ireland

with David McWilliams, Martina Devlin, Diarmaid Ferriter and David Murphy

Pavilion Theatre


Was former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, correct when he warned that after Brexit, 'Ireland may end up as collateral damage in negotiations between London and Brussels? '

To what extent will Ireland be consulted over the status of the border? Meanwhile Gerry Adams has said that Brexit could destroy the Good Friday Agreement, because it could mean taking the North out of the European Union.

The main challenges include higher taxes on imported and exported products, and the future for the border. Are we seriously looking at the return of some sort of physical border? Can we use our special relationship and geographical proximity to the United Kingdom to, as Varoufakis recommends, 'knock some sense into both London and Brussels?'

David McWilliams is an Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist.

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist.

Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD.

David Murphy is RTÉ's Business Editor.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Wednesday March 22nd 2017.

George Saunders

in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

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Lincoln in the Bardo is the extraordinary first novel by George Saunders, an author best-known for his brilliantly sharp short stories. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Soon after, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation.

Saunders was interviewed by journalist and author Sinéad Gleeson, presenter of RTÉ's The Book Show.

This podcast was recorded in dlr LexIcon, Level 4, on Monday March 13th 2017.

Caitlin Moran

in conversation with Declan Hughes

Pavilion Theatre


We were delighted to welcome to Dún Laoghaire award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, who discussed her bestselling collection, Moranifesto with Declan Hughes as part of our programme of events to mark International Women's Day.

When Caitlin sat down to choose her favourite pieces for the new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it's the same old problems and the same old ass-hats. Then she thought of the word 'Moranifesto', and she knew what she had to do... This is Caitlin's engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

And whilst never afraid to address the big issues of the day – such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats – Caitlin also makes a passionate effort to understand our 21st century society and presents us with her 'Moranifesto' for making the world a better place. The polite revolution starts here! Caitlin was actually christened 'Catherine' but saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children.

Declan Hughes is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Sunday March 12th 2017.

Harriet Harman

in conversation with Rachael English

Pavilion Theatre


Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past thirty years?

For the first time, the story of women's progressive politics over that period has been told - by someone at the forefront of the movement. From the inspirational Harriet Harman comes a revealing account of a political life inspired by the hope of helping women change their lives.

Harriet Harman was elected Labour MP for Peckham in 1982. Joining a House of Commons which was 97% male, she had three children while in Parliament. She has been politics' most prominent champion for women's rights, was the first woman to represent Labour from the Government benches and the first Labour woman to answer Prime Minister's Questions.

Told with great warmth and a refreshing humility, A Woman's Work offers the reader a rich and humorous story that shows how far we've come and offers ideas of where we should go next.

Rachael English is an Irish broadcaster and writer.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday March 12th 2017.

Mohsin Hamid

in conversation with Hugh Linehan

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Exit West is the new novel from Mohsin Hamid, author of international bestseller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and he makes her smile. A few days later they go for dinner, and over time they share many more meals. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public executions.

Eventually the problem is too big to ignore: it's not safe for Nadia to live alone, she must move in with Saeed's family, even though they are not married and that too is a problem. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading of strange black doors in secret places across the city, doors that lead to London or San Francisco, Greece or Dubai. One day soon, when the streets are no longer usable, the time will come for Nadia and Saeed to seek out one such door, joining the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.

Mohsin Hamid’s novel could scarcely be more relevant to the turbulent times we live in.

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant FundamentalistMoth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

He was in conversation with Hugh Lenihan on Tuesday February 28th.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Tuesday February 28th 2017.