Library Podcast

Welcome to DLR Libraries Podcast page, a new service from DLR Libraries. If you missed some of our events over the past few months you can now get a chance to hear them as they happened thanks to our new podcasting page.

Here you can browse the complete collection of podcasts in the series. Each one may be played on the page, or downloaded and saved. You can also use iTunes for automatic downloading and syncing to an iPod, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Our Podcast

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Declan Hughes
24 November 2016

Margaret Atwood has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her work. ‘The Tempest is, in some ways, an early multi-media musical,’ she says. ‘If Shakespeare were working today he’d be using every special effect technology now makes available. But The Tempest is especially intriguing because of the many questions it leaves unanswered. What a strenuous pleasure it has been to wrestle with it!’

Published as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare’s modern interpretations series, Hag-Seed is Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, revenge and second chances.  Atwood leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.   

Recorded at the Pavilion Theatre, Sunday 9th October 2016

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01 November 2016

Sebastian Barry in conversation with Joseph O'Connor

Sebastian Barry returns with a wonderful new novel set in mid-19th Century America. Having signed up for the US army in the 1850s, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they both see.

Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Days Without End is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, this is a novel never to be forgotten.

Recorded at the Pavilion Theatre on the 1st November 2016

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Patrick Deeley in conversation with Selina Guinness
28 September 2016

Patrick Deeley has published six highly acclaimed collections of poems. His evocative, lyrical memoir of grief, love and renewal, The Hurley Maker’s Son, has become a major bestseller. Deeley's train journey home to rural East Galway in autumn 1978 was a pilgrimage of grief: his giant of a father had been felled, the hurley-making workshop silenced.

In a style reminiscent of John McGahern’s Memoir, Deeley’s beautifully paced prose captures the rhythms, struggles and rough edges of a rural life that was already dying even as he grew. This is an enchanting, beautifully written account of family, love, loss, and the unstoppable march of time

This podcast was recorded in dlr LexIcon Studio, 22nd September 2016

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Jay McInerney in conversation with Nadine O'Regan
20 September 2016

Since Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney has been recognised as one of the great chroniclers of our times. His new novel, Bright, Precious Days paints a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and Lehman Brothers teeters on the brink of collapse. It’s the story of a generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine and whose lives changed irrevocably on 9/11. Nadine O’Regan is Books and Arts Editor - The Sunday Business Post

This podcast was recorded on the 8th September 2016 in dlr LexIcon Studio.

Southside Travellers Action Group ‘Days Long Gone’ trailer project
20 September 2016

Southside Travellers Action Group launched "Days Long Gone" Trailer Project in dlr Lexicon as part of Traveller Pride Week 2016.

Through the established Chill Out Zone Group in Southside Travellers, a handful of Traveller women came up with the idea to recreate a miniature replica trailer with the help of a local community arts facilitator. The group designed and built the trailer from scratch and have made and hand sewn all of the interior furnishings. 
‘Days Long Gone’ features recordings of Traveller women recalling days of old on the road and traditional nomadic ways of living. They speak of the freedom and peace; the harmony, solidarity and sense of plenty of those times. They also discuss the situation as it stands today, where there is little space or provision for a nomadic culture and how Travellers are being forced to move into settled housing. The women talk of the loss of freedom, the loneliness, the separation from friends and family and the impact of this loss and isolation on health, particularly mental health. They express their fears that Traveller culture is being wiped out and highlight the importance and challenges of passing on Traveller ways to the younger generations. 

The group want ‘Days Long Gone’ to be a celebration of Traveller ways, to create a space for Travellers to reflect and remember days on the road and to create an opportunity for the settled community to learn and understand the importance of travelling for Travellers and their culture. 

Southside Travellers Action Group works to respond to the needs of the Traveller community in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area and for the civil and human rights and distinct cultural identity of all Travellers.