The Ali Land Event

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Wasn’t she brilliant? Only her second ever public event with a book that has been sold in 22 countries (so she might have a few more to come), she was such a pro, and we had a huge crowd for a January, half of whom hadn’t even read the book yet! (Thanks to everyone whose pics I stole from Twitter!) Then we headed over for a blind book swap and a beer or two… We trended too… Leading to this 🙂 A fine, fine evening in all. Our next two are with Cecelia Ahern in Cork and Hannah Kent in […]

Short Book Reviews – January 2017

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It’s been far too long and a combination of laziness and the season that shall not speak its name getting in the way but here are a few short reviews of things I’ve read over the last couple of months.   Colin Grant – A Smell Of Burning I realise this might be of minority interest if, unlike me, you haven’t spent your whole adult life with epilepsy being front and centre, but bear with me. It’s part thorough history of the condition, part look into what it actually is and how it works and part movingly human story about […]

If They’re Dividing Up Savoy One

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Was told yesterday by someone in the know that the glorious Savoy 1, the largest cinema screen left in the country, is being closed and subdivided into smaller screens. Trying to confirm with them, they’ve been a bit evasive on Twitter, but if it’s true it will be a sad day in the history of Irish cinema-going. The screen that held almost 2,500 in the 1920s, holds 800 today with still that glorious giant set of red curtains that peel open before the film starts, and has been the location of pretty much every Irish movie premiere for decades will […]