Welcome to the audio edition of the special Books for Breakfast video podcast for Mountains to Sea dlr Books Festival. We were delighted to be the opening event for the festival, with two writers and two Toaster Challenges. Our first guest was Laura McKenna, whose new, ambitious and epic novel Words to Shape My Name has just been published by New Island. Inspired by true events, this outstanding story of failure hope and resilience traverses continents and two centuries and has at its core the unbreakable bond between the Irish rebel Lord Edward Fitzgerald and his manservant. Laura was followed by Conor O'Callaghan whose much-anticipated second novel, We Are Not In The World, about a man in the aftermath of a painful love affair driving a haulage lorry from England to France with his twenty something daughter, has just been published by Doubleday.
Laura's Toaster Challenge choice was André Brink's A Dry White Season, while Conor chose Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.
Video podcast intro music was 'Homage to Brian Keenan' by Fintan Vallely from Merrijig Creek
Artwork by Freya Sirr
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