The LIVE Network has created a digital series during the lockdown featuring six Irish writers. Each writer speaks to Dani Gill about their latest book over a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine.
Intimate and insightful, the series gives readers a chance to hear an extract from the book, get a sense of the story and meet the writer virtually, in their home.
At this critical time of restrictions, the arts have been front and centre of people’s lives. Dani Gill comments on the programme and what it seeks to do:
‘The LIVE Network have come together at this time to offer something for audiences. We are looking at a landscape of uncertainty and great worry, now more than ever engagement with the arts is so important for our communities. This series offers a break and a window into a writer’s life and process, readers will be able to get a sense of something they may not have read yet, and it’s an opportunity to sit down and have a cup of tea and listen to a nice conversation.’
The first episode of the series went live on YouTube Friday 8th May and new episodes aired each Friday for six weeks – you can watch them ALL linked below:
May 8th – An Irish Coffee with Alan McMonagle
May 15th – An Espresso with Kevin Barry
May 22nd – A Very Cork Cup of Tea with Hilary Fannin
May 29th – Black Tea and Birdsong with Jane Clarke
June 5th – A Glass of Wine with Elaine Feeney
June 13th – A Crime Writer’s Cup of Tea with Liz Nugent
Watch episode #1 An Irish Coffee with Alan McMonagle and a short reading from Laura Cassidy’s Short Walk to Fame.
Watch episode #2 An Espresso with Kevin Barry and a reading from Night Boat to Tangier.
Watch episode #3 A Very Cork Cup of Tea with Hilary Fannin and a reading from The Weight of Love
Watch episode #4 Black Tea and Birdsong with Jane Clarke and a reading from her collection When the Tree Falls
Watch episode #5 A Glass of Wine with Elaine Feeney and a reading from her debut novel As You Were
Watch episode #6 A Crime Writer’s Cup of Tea with Liz Nugent and a reading from her novel Our Little Cruelties
LIVE network is supported by Riverbank Arts Centre, Backstage Theatre, The Ramor Theatre, Roscommon Arts Centre, Droichead Arts Centre, The Source Arts Centre, Words Ireland and the Arts Council.
To subscribe to the channel and watch the series just follow this link: https://youtu.be/DCHJ52VduDw