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A Conversation With Irish Novelist And Screenwriter Roddy Doyle

Steve Scher
10/19/2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter Roddy Doyle joins us to talk about modern Ireland. The relationship between Ireland and England has changed in his lifetime. What prejudices have been left behind? What else is different? What is the impact of the World Cup? How does the conflict in the Middle East reflect the history of the Irish Republican Army? We'll also discover the title of his favorite John Ford film, why he likes working with high school students, and his favorite new slang word. This is an archived edition of "Weekday."


Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter. The books in his "Barrytown" trilogy — "The Commitments," "The Snapper" and "The Van" — were made into films. He won the Booker Prize for his book "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha." His latest trilogy is listed under the heading "The Last Round Up" and includes the books "A Star Called Henry," "Oh, Play That Thing" and "The Dead Republic."

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