Books for Breakfast

30: Evelyn Conlon, The Examined Life, Grace Paley

May 27, 2021 Peter Sirr
Books for Breakfast
30: Evelyn Conlon, The Examined Life, Grace Paley
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Today we talk to Evelyn Conlon whose new collection of stories, Moving About the Place, has recently been published by Blackstaff Press. Brilliantly written, witty, and full of the sharp observation for which Conlon is well known, Moving About the Place brings together some of the best of her recent work, along with brand-new stories, including a novella, to show how borders, movement and history change and transform people’s lives.
Evelyn’s Toaster Challenge Choice is the classic Enormous Changes At the Last Minute by Grace Paley.
First up on the show  is James Harpur’s The Examined Life, a sequence of honest and compelling poems about his five years in a boy’s boarding school in the 1970s. We discuss his memorable account and listen to the poems he recorded specially for us.

Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.
Other music:
Soft Interlude by Alexander Nakarada |
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Feather by Ikson |
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Link music: Green Fields ©Scott Holmes Music

Artwork by Freya Sirr

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