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September 10, 2020 00:55:28
Craig Jordan-Baker: Maps of Fantasy Islands, Books of Brick and Mortar

Craig Jordan-Baker: Maps of Fantasy Islands, Books of Brick and Mortar

Writer, lecturer and self-confessed folkie, Craig Jordan-Baker tells all on the eve of the launch of his debut novel, The Nacullians (published by Epoque Press). We talk grandparents, Nazis, Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett and fantasy islands. Plus Doug Devaney adds another Plastic Pedestal… ...

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August 27, 2020 00:53:00
Nick Burbridge: Secrets of Family and State

Nick Burbridge: Secrets of Family and State

The full plastic with Nick: singer, songwriter, playwright, documentarian and anarchist. It’s a freewheeling, at times hard-hitting, discussion, drawing in music, politics, medical care, home, hearth, family and an old bloke taking a dump on the street. ...

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August 20, 2020 00:53:27
Paul Moriarty: From County Kilburn to Albert Square

Paul Moriarty: From County Kilburn to Albert Square

Actor Paul Moriarty has been a constant in our lives, whether with The Gentle Touch, Ashes To Ashes, Pride and Prejudice or as George Palmer in EastEnders. He has also had a distinguished theatre career, working with Caryl Churchill, Alan Bennett, Peter Brook and Lindsay Anderson, to name just four. Not bad for a boy from County Kilburn… Plus Bridget Whelan raises Shane McGowan onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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August 13, 2020 00:49:46
Bridget Whelan: Catholic Newspapers, The Daily Mirror and Italia '90

Bridget Whelan: Catholic Newspapers, The Daily Mirror and Italia '90

Journalist, novelist and teacher, Bridget Whelan’s career took her from Catholic weekly The Universe to working with Paul Foot on The Daily Mirror and beyond. It’s a fascinating story and in it we discuss changes not only for the Irish in Britain but also in the role of newspapers in this country, as well as the courtship of her parents in postwar Britain and the meaning of that deceptively simple word: “home.” Meanwhile, at The Plastic Pedestal, Janet Behan pays tribute to the actress Brig Brennan ...

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August 05, 2020 00:58:35
Janet Behan: Brendan, Brian, Kathleen and Me

Janet Behan: Brendan, Brian, Kathleen and Me

The daughter of Brian and the niece of Brendan, Janet Behan is a playwright, actress and seaside gardener. She’s also thoughtful, funny and occasionally potty mouthed*. We talk Brendan and the IRA, Brian and the Communist Party, republicanism, booze and fame, typecasting, women writing in their sixties and her plays “Brendan At The Chelsea”, “Why Shouldn’t I Go” and the forthcoming “Kathleen and Me”. Plus Paddy O’Keeffe raises George Bernard Shaw onto The Plastic Pedestal. *Nothing your average fourteen year old couldn’t handle. Trust me. ...

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July 29, 2020 00:54:03
Paddy O'Keeffe: Bernard-Shaw, Unions and Expectations of Irishness

Paddy O'Keeffe: Bernard-Shaw, Unions and Expectations of Irishness

Trade union activist, campaigner, playwright and performer, Paddy O’Keeffe has worn a number of hats since arriving in England in 1964. This is the full bells and whistles podcast, and is a fascinating talk with a man blessed with optimism and humanity. Plus, John O’Donoghue raises Brian Behan onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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