June Shannon is a medical / health journalist who has helped many of us stay sane over the last year with her live tweets of the briefings by NPHET and Government. She has distilled down figures and words into easily understandable tweets and has regularly burned her dinner in the process.
June’s book recommendations are:
A Light That Never Goes Out by Keelin Shanley
Psychiatrist in the Chair – Biography of Anthony Clare by Brendan Kelly & Muiris Houston
Seamus Heaney 100 Poems
Barbara’s recommendation is Sinead Moriarty’s new novel which will be published in summer, called About Us.
June’s TV/Netflix Recommendations are the soaps – which seem to have been largely forgotten today. June is an avid viewer of both Corrie and EastEnders
June also recommends The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society movie which is on Netflix and Barbara recommends the book too.
Dr Tom Clonan is a columnist, broadcaster, security analyst, feminist and advocate for disabilty and a retired Army Captain. A calm and reasoned commentator, his take on where we are in this pandemic might just cheer you up.
He also has some cracking book, podcast and viewing recommendations which are listed below. Enjoy. And if you do, please share.
Tom’s recommended read : The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
Tom’s podcast recommendation : The Nobody Zone by RTE and Louis Theroux podcast, Grounded especially the episode with Ruby Wax
Tom’s viewing recommendations : Deuthscland ’86 available on All Four.
My guest this week is Bill Hughes, legendary TV Producer who has made over 1000 hours of music, arts, entertainment and documentary television since he began his career in the 1980s. He began his TV career in 1985 with the ground breaking MT USA which was the first music video programme in Europe. More recently, his company Mind The Gap Films was behind the very popular ‘Cutting Edge’ on RTE.
Bill had some really great recommendations for your entertainment in books, music and film. Enjoy.
Bill’s Book Recommendations:
The Hearts Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
That Glimpse of Truth – 100 of the finest short stories ever written, chosen by David Miller
Fabulosa – The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language.
And my book choice this week is Lady In Waiting by Anne Glenconner.
Bill’s Listening Recommendations:
The box set of The Collected Poems of Seamus Heaney from RTE
Jessye Norman – Four Last Songs
Passion by Stephen Sondheim
Bill’s Movie Recommendations:
Little Women – the recent version with Saoirse Ronan
This week’s guest is writer and commentator Felicity Hayes McCoy who joined me from her home deep in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry. More great book suggestions and an interesting idea for your Christmas Tree.