Talking Newsletter

Podcast newsletter of library news, events and projects, history and literature.

A City Reading : Podcast

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A City Reading is Cork City Libraries' Talking Newsletter podcast, with reviews, news and features on library projects, history, poetry and literature. The podcast is written, created and presented by library staff. 

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A City Reading Talking Newsletter 16 – Ireland Reads
This is a special episode to celebrate Ireland Reads, featuring a profile of Ireland Reads celebrations; Help your child's reading take flight at Cork City Libraries; a review of The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes; Hidden Gems on BorrowBox; and Tina Pisco reads her short story Imagine This, Imagine That.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 15
This episode features, Remembering Derek Mahon by Dr. Sorcha Fogarty; a step-by-step guide to researching your family tree by Johnathon Fehily part one of a four part series; a review of Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light by Kate O'Callaghan; and the history of Cork's Berwick Fountain by Michael Lenihan.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 14 – Christmas
This episode is a special seasonal episode featuring a preview of A Carol's Christmas by Cork City Libraries Writer in Residence Tina Pisco; Cork Christmas Memories by Michael Lenihan; Christmas Music on Freegal by Conor MacHale; and we finish with a seasonal poem Scarlet Evergreen by Ed Cashman.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 13
This episode features a look at what's happening in your library during lockdown, Frederick Douglass and the Cork Anti Slavery Movement by Máire Walsh, a profile of Growing Imaginations, and a review of Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh by Dr Sorcha Fogarty.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 12 - Children's Book Festival
Welcome to a special episode of A City Reading to celebrate Children's Book Festival 2020. In this episode we bring you a profile of our online Children's Book Festival events, Thomas Ryan gives advice on how to foster your child's reading, Deirdre Swain profiles her favourite children's author Madeline L'Engle, and Ann Riordan tells us what your teenagers and young readers are reading online.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 11
In this episode we bring you, a profile of One City One Book 2020; a trip around Cork in 1920 with a look at the recently digitised Guy’s Cork City & County Almanac and Directory 1920; a review of Actress by Anne Enright and Ed Cashman reads his poem Treasure.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 10 Heritage Week episode
In this special National Heritage Week episode, we feature: A profile of Cork City Libraries online events for Heritage Week; A Brief History of Cork City Libraries; Deirdre Swain reads An Dubh by Máirín Lankford; Claire tells us the most popular books about Cork borrowed from our libraries, and Stone Meant The Most To Him : Séamus Murphy Remembered In Poems.

Talking Newsletter 9 - 17 July 2020
This episode features an article on the benefits of play by Eibhlín Cassidy; Dr. Sorcha Fogarty reviews MLK on “The Other America” and “Black Power”, Deirdre Swain takes a look at Censorship of Children’s Literature in the USA and we finish with a review of Rory Gallagher’s Blues by Liam Ronayne.

Talking Newsletter 8 - 6 July 2020
This episode features an article on Bishop John Murphy by Michael Lenihan; Claire Mee reviews Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson; Maureen Cullinane  profiles the Holly Ukes, a ukulele group in Hollyhill Library; and we finish with Silence , a poem by Finbarr Bevin.

Talking Newsletter 7 - 15 June 2020
This episode features Remembering Roches Stores by Michael Lenihan, Triona Dunlea reviews The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, we conclude our series of tips for short story writing by Sorcha Fogarty, and we hear from library staff member Liz McNamara who was redeployed to Friendly Call during the covid crisis.

Talking Newsletter 6 - 5 June 2020
This episode features Early Years of Cork Cinema, a profile of the ‘Movie Memories’ Exhibition, in association with Cork City Libraries and Dept of Film and Screen Media, UCC ; My Personal Experiences of Reading Books in Translation by Cecily Lynch ; Evening Grace a poem by Sara O'Mahony; and we hear from library staff member Nicola Lyons who has been redeployed to Park Rangers during this covid crisis.

Talking Newsletter 5 - 29 May 2020
In this episode we bring you No Longer Forgotten - Cork Women of the Revolution; Liquid Gold - more gardening advice from Eleanor Twomey; part three of our Short Story Writing guide by Sorcha Fogarty; we feature the poem The Water War by Kevin Doyle; and librarian Ann Riordan tells us about the most popular ebooks and eaudiobooks borrowed from the library's online service since shutdown.

Talking Newsletter 4 - 18 May 2020
In this episode we bring you a feature on Book Censorship in Ireland, a history of The Lottery and its Cork agents, City Librarian Liam Ronayne reflects on reading Camus's The Plague during lockdown, and Conor McHale recommends Music To Enjoy At Home.

Talking Newsletter 3 - 15 May 2020
In this episode we bring you an excerpt from ‘The Inner Light’ by Billy O’Callaghan from his 2009 short short anthology ‘In Too Deep & Other Short Stories’; Sorcha Fogarty continues her series on tips for short story writers; we hear from Reference Librarian Rose Smyth who is currently redeployed in contact tracing, and we feature a poem by library staff member Ed Cashman.

Talking Newsletter 2 - 8 May 2020
In this episode we bring you Ukuleles at the library, Roots and shoots - gardening tips from library staff member Eleanor, Movie memories - Before Cinema: Magic Lanterns, Phantasmagorias and Zoetropes.

Talking Newsletter 1 - 7 May 2020
This episode brings you Memories of Cork with Michael Linehan, Sorcha Fogarty gives us tips in short story writing, we hear from library staff member Conor who is deployed to the HSE during the covid-19 crisis, and Jim McKeon writes us a special poem.