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City of Books

City of Books

City of Books is a podcast in which host, author and journalist Martina Devlin, talks books to all sorts of people who believe books matter – and that you can never have too many books. It’s sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and produced in association with MoLI.


Danielle McLaughlin on finding herself.

City of Books

Danielle McLaughlin talks to Martina Devlin of City of Books about how reading and writing offer great comfort at a time of confusion.


Instances of the number 63

City of Books

Louise O'Neill talks about feminism, kindness, isolation and writing across multiple genres to Martina Devlin, host of City of Books.


A Poetic Licence Earned

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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks to Martina Devlin about a time when books were banned as well as how her mother, children's writer Eilís Dillon, had a cupboard of them.


Anne Enright on an altered Ireland

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In this episode Anne Enright speaks to Martina Devlin about how Ireland has changed in recent years and how this has contributed to her writing.


More than one string to his mandolin

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In the latest episode of City of Books Martina Devlin talks to Louis de Bernières about his life and career, from the success of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to the release of the final book in his trilogy which was created from his interpretation of what happened to his grandparents’ lives.


Haunted By The Ghost

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa, in her first podcast interview since being named winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year award for 2020, talks to Martina Devlin.


The Truth About Secrets and Lies

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In this episode writer Eoin McNamee talks to Martina Devlin about how his tendency to blend fact and fiction has received both criticism and acclaim.


How my film won an Oscar

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Writer Emma Donoghue talks to Martina Devlin about working with director Lenny Abrahamson on 'Room' as well as discussing her latest novel 'The Pull of the Stars'.


The Diplomatic Arts

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In this episode Ambassador Daniel Mulhall talks to Martina Devlin about how literature can act as a cultural bridge.


Lemn Sissay and the Story of Why

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In this candid interview for the City of Books podcast for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Lemn Sissay speaks to Martina Devlin about mother and baby homes, the Black Lives Matter campaign and his experience in the British care system.


Flouncing and failing

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Richard Ford wanted to be a lawyer in the US Marines, but that didn’t work out. The author talks to Martina Devlin.


An infinite number of sides

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Colum McCann tells Martina Devlin how he hopes that his book Apeirogon may contribute to peace.


The shambles of Maamtrasna

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The Maamtrasna murders, "one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in Irish history", are discussed by Professor Margaret Kelleher and Justice Peter Kelly. Presented by Martina Devlin.


A modern dilemma

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Joanna Trollope talks to Martina Devlin about the pressures on the 'sandwich generation' and the importance of equality of opportunity. Plus Colum McCann remembers Eavan Boland.


Christine Dwyer Hickey and the Minister for Finance

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Presented by Martina Devlin, episode three of City of Books snoops along Paschal Donohoe’s bookshelves, as well as hearing from the author of acclaimed novel Tatty.


Life lessons with Marian Keyes

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The writer talks to Martina Devlin about everything from why she believes in supporting other women, to why bulimia is possibly the cruellest addiction.


The fine art of reading

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Artist Robert Ballagh talks to Martina Devlin about why Samuel Beckett thought he kept him waiting for breakfast, and Mary Costello takes a tour of the Joyce Tower.


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