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Podcasts 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.


Paul Muldoon - Solo Reading

introduced by Mick Heaney

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Paul Muldoon, born in Portadown, County Armagh and now resident in New York, is the author of 12 books of poems, including One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Faber, 2015) for which he won the 2015 Pigott Prize. Other prizes include the Pulitzer, the Griffin, the T.S. Eliot, and the Shakespeare. His work has been translated into 20 languages. He is the Howard G.B. Clark Professor at Princeton University and is Poetry Editor at The New Yorker.

Paul Muldoon appeared at the festival on Saturday evening.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Saturday March 12th 2016.


Pauline Bewick

in conversation with Niall MacMonagle

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Pauline Bewick celebrated her 80th birthday on 4th September 2015 and 80:A Memoir is the story of an artist who has lived boldly with passionate dedication to her vocation. Her early life was marked by rootlessness, with the family moving between Britain and Ireland before settling in Dublin where Bewick studied at NCAD under Séan Keating. Her first exhibition followed in 1957 at Dublin’s Clog Gallery and Café.

Pauline Bewick appeared at the festival on Saturday morning.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Saturday March 12th 2016.


The Business of Children's Books



County Hall, Dún Laoghaire


What makes a manuscript stand out to an editor or agent? How do marketing and publicity departments promote books? What can writers do to help promote their own work? Our experienced panel is here to answer all your questions. Chaired by Gráinne Clear, Publishing Manager and Art Director at Little Island Books, this event was a must for all children’s and YA writers, new and established.

The panel included Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor of The Bookseller magazine and Chair of the YA Book Prize. Annalie Grainger, Fiction Commissioning Editor at Walker Books. David Maybury, Media Development Director at Scholastic Children’s Books. Hilary Delamere who represents many outstanding children’s authors and illustrators including Michael Bond (Paddington Bear) and Malorie Blackman.

This podcast was recorded in the Assembly Rooms, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday March 12th 2016.


Tom Holland and Mostafa Salameh

chaired by Tom Clonan

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Distinguishing between Islamist jihadism and the peaceful practice of the Muslim faith is likely to be one of the greatest challenges of the coming decades. This was discussed by Tom Holland and Mostafa Salameh on Saturday afternoon at the festival.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Saturday March 12th 2016.


How Dare You? The Rise and Rise of YA Fiction

Cecelia Ahern, Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness and Louise O’Neill in conversation with David O’Callaghan from Eason

County Hall, Dún Laoghaire


Young Adult (YA) fiction has never been more popular and 80% of YA titles are bought by adults. There are YA books clubs (for adults and teens), YA conferences, and YA twitter chats. But why are YA books so popular with all ages? Three of the most highly acclaimed YA writers and one exciting new YA writer read from their work and talked about their novels, their writing lives, favourite books and movies, and their ideal audience with YA guru, David O’Callaghan from Eason.

This podcast was recorded in the Assembly Rooms, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday March 12th 2016.


Canongate & Mountains to Sea present LETTERS LIVE

Readers include
Owen Roe, Kevin Barry, Daryl McCormack,
Peter Gaynor, Cathy Belton, Karen Ardiff,
Keelin Shanley & Hilary Fannin

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Letters Live is a dynamic performance event that celebrates the enduring power of correspondence. Performers will read from More Letters of Note, the sequel to the bestselling Letters of Note. The book is another rich and inspiring collection that delivers the same mix of the heartfelt, the historically significant, the tragic, the comic and the unexpected, all a reminder that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday March 12th 2016.


Theo Dorgan and
Thomas Mc Carthy

introduced by Catríona Crowe

dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire


Two wonderful Irish poets of contemporary impact and historical passion share the stage for the first time in many years.

This podcast was recorded in dlr Lexicon The Studio, Dún Laoghaire on Sunday March 13th 2016.


Kevin Barry

in conversation with Selina Guinness

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Kevin Barry has few peers in the live performance of the written word and this was an extremely exciting event with a writer rapidly establishing a substantial international reputation.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire on Sunday March 13th 2016.


Knights & Superheroes

Dave Rudden in conversation with Shane Hegarty

dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire


If you like books featuring mystery, magic and superheroes, this event was for you! Master storyteller Dave Rudden talked about his new book with Shane Hegarty, author of the Darkmouth series who knows all about super powers and things that go bump in the night.

This podcast was recorded in dlr LexIcon The Studio, Dún Laoghaire on Friday March 11th 2016.


John Irving

in conversation with John Boyne

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


The preview event for this year's Mountains to Sea dlr Book festival featured American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, John Irving in conversation with John Boyne.

Avenue of Mysteries is John Irving's fourteenth novel, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest novelists of his generation.

John Boyne is well-known to Irish readers.  Less well-known may be the mutual admiration society between himself and John Irving.  The two writers have been friends for many years.

This podcast was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, on Tuesday February 2nd 2016.