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10 Books You Should Read with Rachael English and Gary Granville

Saturday 13th of October / 10:30am – 12pm / Riverbank Arts Centre

Rachael English and Gary Granville will each discuss five of their favourite books and why they think you should read them!

Rachael English is the author of four novels, including The Night of the Party and the number one bestseller, The American Girl. Her first book, Going Back, was shortlisted for the most promising newcomer award at the Irish Book Awards. She is also the co-author of one work of non-fiction, a guide to the 2007 General Election.

Originally from Shannon in County Clare, she studied Communications at DCU before starting work as a journalist with Clare FM in Ennis. Over the past twenty-five years, she has covered a huge range of national and international stories. The days that stand out most for her are - being in Stormont for the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, being in Washington for the election of Donald Trump and interviewing the then head of the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, on the morning he announced that Ireland would have to accept a bailout from the IMF. Since 2010, she has presented ‘Morning Ireland’ on RTÉ Radio 1. Always an enthusiastic reader, she regrets leaving it so long to start writing. She tries to read widely and hates book snobbery. Rachael lives in Dublin with her husband, Eamon Quinn.

Gary Granville is Emeritus Professor of Education in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and a former Interim Director of the College. He has been a teacher in Dublin schools and a project leader in the CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit in TCD. He has also been a lecturer in Maynooth University and was Assistant Chief Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for the first decade of that agency’s existence. He has worked on projects in Europe and in Africa and has engaged in many international programmes.

His professional interests lie in the areas of curriculum design and arts education in particular. His personal interests include contemporary fiction, sports (especially football and hurling), travel, and music of various forms. A native Irish speaker from Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, he has a particular interest in history and politics. He is author of Dublin 1913: Lockout and Legacy and Art Education and Contemporary Culture as well as many academic articles and papers. His choice of reading is eclectic, ranging from biography to history, from comic writing to literary fiction. 

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