Bad Ambassador Playlist – Friday August 26th


Ben Folds – In Between Days

Weezer – Beverly Hills

P.I.L. – Rise

Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ Up

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home

Buck 65 – Roses & Bluejays

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi feat. Jack White – Two Against One

Beastie Boys – Egg Man

Catatonia – Road Rage

Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song

David Gray – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Fountains Of Wayne – Hey Julie

Death In Vegas – Aisha

The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So

Massive Attack – Protection

Johnny Cash – Hurt

Coldplay – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

Suzanne Vega – 99.9f

Mic Christopher – Heyday

Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life

The Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner

Ms. Dynamite – Dy-Na-Mi-Tee

Hot Chip – Over And Over

The Cure – Lullaby

Roisin Murphy – Whatever

OK GO – Get Over It

Reverend & The Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Waiting For The Beat To Kick In

Kilkenny, Portumna, Webs, Live Poetry, Kildare, Donal Ryan, and then I collapse…

Right, I’ll be on and offline for the next few weeks on holiday (finally!) so a few things I’m involved in over the next while you might fancy coming to…

August 26th – Graiguenamanagh Town Of Books:


On the opening day of the festival I’ll be in the library chatting about book clubs, new books and people I’ve interviewed. It’s at 10am, just show up and their FB event is here:

August 27th – First Poetry Programme of the Autumn:

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Less a thing to come to and more a thing to listen to. We’ll be back at 7.30, as usual, for the Autumn on RTE Radio 1.


Thursday September 15th – Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna:


I’m honoured to be launching this year’s festival at 7pm. More details on the festival programme as they become available at their website:


Friday September 16th – Culture Night, Dublin:

The Poetry Programme – Live (details TBA)


Wednesday September 21st – An Audience With Donal Ryan:

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I’ll be talking in front of a live audience to Donal on the launch of his latest novel All We Shall Know about his career to date and his latest work.

Wednesday September 28th – The 2016 Web Awards:



Saturday October 8th – TBA:

Not being mysterious, they just haven’t announced their programme yet! It’s a panel event at one of Ireland’s best known literary festivals.


Saturday October 15th – Irish Writers Centre (daytime):


As they say on the site, this is a full day event. “During this highly practical, one-day series of talks Lia Mills (author of Another Alice, Nothing Simple, Fallen), Bert Wright (curator of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival), and Peter O’Connell (publicist at Peter O’Connell Media) will discuss their own experiences with publicity and offer advice on gaining recognition in the industry. The day will finish with a media panel led by Martin Doyle (Assistant Literary Editor, The Irish Times), who will chat with Rick O’Shea (Rick O’Shea Book Club) and others as they discuss strategies and best practice for approaching and working with the media.”

An Expert’s Guide to Promoting your Book 


Saturday October 15th – Kildare Readers Festival (evening):


I’ll be talking with two of Ireland’s most talented contemporary authors Sara Baume and Joanna Walsh.


There are many more things to come in October, November and December (I even have an event for you in March 2017!) but, for now, I’m going to leave it at this.

Hope to see you at one of them.

The Liz Nugent Interview – Galway


I have to admit, I was nervous. It’s the first time that a Book Club event has been done outside of Dublin and you just never know if anyone is going to show.

Little did I need to worry…

Thanks to Dubray for putting us literally in the front window (I talked to an elderly American tourist afterwards who had just head the speakers and popped in, staying for the whole event! She wanted to know if I was from the TV…)

Thanks to Liz for being such a warm and giving interviewee (and I mean that genuinely – some things were banned from being tweeted #THINGSNOTFORTHETWITTER) and for staying to the actual death, talking to people all night.

Thanks to O’Connell’s Bar for giving us a choice section of the beer garden all to ourselves and thanks to the tons of people who came early and left late.

Most importantly though, thanks to everyone who came, asked questions, came to the pub for the blind book swap afterwards and made such an effort to travel (we had people coming from Cavan, Mayo and Clare!)

We’ll be back…











Our next event has just been announced over on the book club itself, and it’s a biggie:

Bad Ambassador Playlist – Friday August 5th

Brendan Benson – Cold Hands (Warm Heart)

Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em

Messiah J & The Expert – Bloodrush

Cut Chemist – Motivational Speaker

Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum

Langhorne Slim – The Way We Move

Aimee Mann – Wise Up

Fatboy Slim (feat. Damon Albarn) – Put It Back Together

Bjork – Hyperballad

LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger

The Bees – Chicken Payback

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full

Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In L.A.

Lisa Hannigan & Damien Rice – Desafinado

Minnie Ripperton – Les Fleurs

The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun

Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love

The Divine Comedy – Perfect Lovesong

Hozier – Arsonist’s Lullaby

The Magic Numbers – Morning’s Eleven

The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Peaches

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill

RJD2 – Ghostwriter

Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

The Streets – Blinded By The Lights

The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes

Hard-Fi – Cash Machine

Caesars – Jerk It Out

Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground




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Sorry, Suicide Squad…


Right, here’s me fully preparing myself for the shots to come and it pains me to write this but, sadly, but I think I have to.

Suicide Squad is a mess.

The plot (such as it is) rambles all over the joint, Jared Leto is a loud, damp squib as The Joker (or maybe it’s just that he’s little more than a plot device) and, overall, it’s bitterly disappointing. There is, as with so many other big budget blockbusters in the last few years, nothing new to see here.

It’s redeemed only by Margot Robbie being the best thing about the movie and Will Smith being as incredibly watchable as he always is (although he’s not given much to get his chops into. At a few points I felt like screaming “WON’T SOMEONE JUST GIVE THEM A BLOODY PROPER SCRIPT TO WORK WITH????!?!?”)

Maybe the problem here is that DC has been done brilliantly before, by Christopher Nolan, and this (and BvS:DOJ and Man Of Steel) represent huge steps backwards in the wrong direction.
There are a few laughs alright but I got more from the 90 second trailer beforehand for the Lego Batman Movie (which looks brilliant BTW!)

And before anyone implies Marvel bias here (I do think they are doing an incredible job mostly at the moment with their stuff) I was an equal opportunity comic book nerd when I was a kid and this is the Summer movie this year I was *most* looking forward to (look at the smile on my face beforehand posing with cosplayers – I was bloody excited!)

Maybe this is all just disappointment…

The trailers made it look *enormous* fun, seditious and different.

And it’s just not. Sorry.

Bad Ambassador Playlist – Friday July 29th


Beck – Sexx Laws

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Comes

The Go! Team – Huddle Formation

The Beta Band – Squares

Seasick Steve – You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

The Smiths – Panic

Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.

McAlmont Butler – Yes

Regina Spektor – Bleeding Heart

Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can

Pixies – Debaser

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away

A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

Joni Mitchell – California

M.I.A. – Paper Planes

Bell X1 – Out Of Love

William Shatner – That’s Me Trying

Toploader – Achilles Heel

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Fangclub – Loner

No Doubt – Just A Girl

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Young The Giant – My Body

Kasabian – Processed Beats

Dodgy – If You’re Thinking Of Me

John Lennon – Nobody Told Me

D.J. Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

Elbow – Mirrorball

Bob Dylan – Man In The Long Black Coat

Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane

Biffy Clyro – Many Of Horror

Elvis Costello – Pump It Up


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We Are All Dataists

Just finished reading this.


It’s out next month (he’s the guy that wrote the brilliant “Sapiens” that I reviewed earlier this year.

Long story short (and review to follow later) but the last section of the book deals with “dataism” and his theorising that the immediate future of the human race leads towards us all becoming data processing nodes in an enormous, ever-expanding and ever-faster information exchange system. Data like tweets, FB statuses and likes, Instagram pics, Snapchats, articles you share, fitbit data, everything your smartphone does, your car’s chip information, essentially anything that involves data of any kind.

I thought “fascinating” but I’m not sure how much I see it as being an accurate representation of life.

I’ve been sitting at my desk now since 8.30 and all I’ve done is shuttle information from one place to another in e-mails, tweets, FB posts and now here.

All. I’ve. Done.

I do it outside of work too.

Even this post is me processing data and passing it on.

He’s right.