Tonight I will be on the arts/culture show Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Sean Rocks, reviewing The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
Tonight I will be on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Kay Sheehy, reviewing Cilka's Journey, a loose sequel to Heather Morris's book The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
The radio adaptation of my short science fiction play, The Love of Small Appliances, will be broadcast on NearFM at 6 pm on Friday, 28 June 2019. It's a story about AI, love, and the evolution of 'helpful' devices all connected to the Internet, directed by Nicola Murphy.
I'll be on RTÉ Radio 1's cultural show Arena this evening to discuss the life and career of American writer Ursula K. Le Guin on the first anniversary of her death.
Last night I was on Arena, RTÉ Radio 1’s culture show, talking about George R.R. Martin‘s latest book: the 700-page Goliath called Fire and Blood, Volume 1. You can listen back to the piece online if you want to hear me discuss Martin’s career and review this tome. I’ll note up front that this is a book that is touted as a history, and not a novel, so consider it something akin to Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Martin has made the joke that this is his ‘GRRMarillion.
I’ve been on the RTÉ Radio 1 arts and culture show, Arena, twice recently. On Monday, 25 June I was discussing the 2000 AD Special Sci-Fi Magazine, and on Monday, 2 July I was reviewing the new Cambridge Companion To The Graphic Novel. I always enjoy being on Arena, and chatting to presenter Sean Rocks, but I particularly love talking about comics and expressing my passion for this artform to a wider audience.
At the Junior Film Fleadh in Galway this Saturday I’ll be giving a workshop on Adapting Your Voice: Tailoring Stories for Various Media. It’ll be a two-hour whistlestop overview of the basics of storytelling, with tips and suggestions on how to tailor your story idea for different media: prose, Film/TV/Internet, theatre, games, comics, and radio/podcast. All for €12.50! The Junior Film Fleadh is the young people’s arm of the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh, and offers four days of fun and useful events aimed at budding filmmakers and young film fans.
Thanks to Clare Mclaughlin for chatting to me for a segment on The Kitchen Table show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, which is airing tonight from 9 pm -10 pm. We talk about a couple of TV shows I’m watching currently – such as Supergirl and the recent Netflix show Mindhunter – and we also discuss the panel I’ll be contributing to on Saturday as part of the Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin: Slayers and their Vampires.
There’s much excitement about the publication tomorrow of the next novel in Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials saga – titled The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. This evening I appeared on RTÉ Radio 1 arts show, Arena, and discussed Pullman’s work for those unfamiliar with the stories, and those who are keen to get the first big instalment in Lyra’s adventures for seventeen years. You can listen back to my discussion with Arena host Sean Rocks online. After all the prep I did for the show my memories of enjoying the first series were revistalised, and now I’m eagerly anticipating returning to Pullman’s marvellous universes.
I had a whirlwind return from Helsinki as I was scheduled to review the new eight-episode Netflix show, Marvel’s The Defenders, on Arena today. I was able to watch the first four episodes of the new show before the radio interview with Arena host Kay Sheehy. Fans of the four series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, should not be disappointed. I’m eagerly looking forward to watching episodes 5 – 8 when the entire season debuts on Netflix on 18 August. Episode 4 ends on a climatic note, so be prepared to want to watch the next episodes immediately!