Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Two of my faves: Sylvia Plath interviewing Elizabeth Bowen for Mademoiselle, summer 1953
Tomorrow night, Christmas Eve, I'm reading an extract from 'Home for Christmas' a non-fic piece by Elizabeth Bowen, on the radio. A friend recommended a volume of her letters to Charles Ritchie to me this year and it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I am also currently reading (and awed by) her novel The House in Paris. So, in honour of all of that, I will read the sublime Miss Bowen's words on the season. Arena, 7pm to 8pm, RTÉ Radio 1, Christmas Eve.


Loah - photo by Eve North
Then on Christmas Day I read a piece about spending Christmas in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday Miscellany, also on RTÉ Radio 1, at 9am. This is the broadcast of the Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas event which was recorded in the National Concert Hall earlier this month. Listen out especially for The Carol of the Cherry Tree sung by the sublime Loah.

The first half of the concert was broadcast on Sunday the 21st and you can listen back to it here.

Nollaig shona!


Donna OShaughnessy said...

What a lovely picture of Sylvia Plath! Spend a large part of my poetry semester reading her work. Amazing how one can feel sadness as well as joy for another they have never known just by reading their words. So now I'm off on the internet to see if I can hear some of your RTE readings.

Nuala Ní Chonchúir said...

Thanks, Donna. Hope you found the links on the RTE site.