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The Sunday Times unveils ‘On the Shelf’ video series

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Article by ERMurray © 3 October 2019.
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The Sunday Times has unveiled a new online video series featuring six of Ireland’s best-known authors – and reveals what books have inspired, amused, entertained or influenced our greatest writers!

Entitled ‘On the Shelf’, each video features Eithne Shortall – Chief Arts Correspondent with The Sunday Times and a novelist in her own right – visiting authors in their homes and writing rooms to check out what books line their bookshelves. Over a cup of Bewley’s tea or coffee with Eithne, they then reveal their five favourite books – the ones that influenced them, made them laugh, cry or perhaps want to become a writer in the first place. The authors also chat about their career, goals and hopes for the future. The first episode featuring Joseph O’Connor will be available on the 6th October with the remaining five released every two weeks after.

Interviewees include:

  • Joseph O’Connor, journalist, lecturer and award winning contemporary and historical novelist
  • Catherine Ryan Howard, internationally acclaimed bestselling crime writer from Cork
  • Donal Ryan, twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
  • Patricia Scanlan, bestselling author of over twenty books
  • Shane Hegarty, author of the author of the tremendously popular Darkmouth series
  • John Connolly, the Sunday Times, Irish Times, New York Times bestselling Irish author of the Charlie Parker novels

Underlying The Sunday Times commitment to books and authors every week in the newspaper’s Culture supplement, ‘On the Shelf’ is made in association with Bewley’s because a cuppa and a great book are the perfect combination!

Karen Price, Creative Director with News Ireland, said: “The aim of the campaign is to acknowledge and celebrate the pivotal role that writing and reading plays in all aspects of Irish life, while acknowledging the breadth of brilliant writing talent in this country. Authors and books are at the heart of feature coverage in The Sunday Times and this is why we want to encourage more people to pick up a book and enjoy the pleasure of reading.”

 Jason Doyle, Managing Director of Bewley’s added: “Bewley’s has a long-celebrated history of bringing artists and creatives from all walks of life together to share experiences and be inspired.”

“Bewley’s Grafton Street has played an important and historic role in Irish literary, cultural and social life with connections to Irish writers and artists; Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett and James Joyce to name a few. Our partnership with The Sunday Times gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our literary heritage in the modern era with a new audience. We are hugely excited to be playing a part in this series championing contemporary Irish authors.”


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com