Good days down the Lough with Pat Lunny and Seamus Heaney. Seamus and John were appearing together on a BBC programme called David Hammond's Ireland.
John travels to Cambridge to meet poet, broadcaster and critic Clive James - watch here
John interviews one of his favourite writers Marina Carr - watch here
John was honoured to present poet John Montague with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.
John's full speech in tribute to John Montague is reproduced below.
John travelled to Cork to interview legendary photographer John Minihan.
and what an honour to be photographed by John and then receive these in the post.
John was among a number of musicians invited to write a short tribute to great Leonard Cohen.
read all the contributions here
John travels to Nice to interview the great Irish poet John Montague
John interviews Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of the internationally acclaimed firm of Irish architects
John was asked to contribute a piece on Mike McCormack's novel Solar Bones as part of this month's Irish Times Book Club
read article here