Liz Nolan's Classic Drive

    Weekdays, 4 - 7pm


    Thursday 2nd July

    Culture File: Clonmel Junction

    Canadian artist, Cathy Gordon and a team of local artists go hunting for belongings and their stories in Clonmel

    Wednesday 1st July

    Culture File: Artist-led Archive

    Megs Morley's Irish Artist-led Archive attempts to learn the lesson of 40 years of art created by more than 70 artist groups and collectives.

    Tuesday 30th June

    Culture File: Decoding a New Ad World

    Content marketing? Product placement? Native advertising? Brand wrangler, Eoghan Nolan decodes a new ad world.

    Monday 29th June

    Culture File: Hugh MacDiarmuid

    In a fisherman's cottage on the island of Whalsay, in Shetland, poet and Scottish nationalist, Hugh MacDiarmuid, wrote almost half of his work.

    Friday 26th June

    Culture File Weekly No. 24

    This weekly, we are thinking about typewriters and wondering, why they're still a thing; and then with the help of Jerome McGann, we start to get ourselves ready for a post book world, and with Aisling Kelliher, prepare for everyday robots. Plus comedian, Sophie Hagen's coming out as a teenage writer of Westlife fanfiction, on this week's Weekly.

    Culture File: Addam's Family

    That thing you missed about TV's The Addams Family? It's really a fable of neurodiversity, as much as a sitcom.

    Thursday 25th June

    Culture File: The Death Of The Book?

    Are we living in an age when the book as the key tool for defining & transmitting knowledge is drawing to a close?

    Wednesday 24th June

    Culture File: #Westlife #fanfiction

    At this year’s Edinburgh festival, comic Sophie Hagen is coming out as a writer of fan fiction - #Westlife #fanfiction.

    Tuesday 23rd June

    Culture File: The Robots Are Coming

    What if robots that lived among us weren’t a metaphor for anything - just fact of life?

    Monday 22nd June

    Culture File: The Typewriter

    Gareth Stack grasps the sticky ribbon and attempts to track the every changing role of the typewriter.

    Friday 19th June

    Culture File Weekly No 23

    This weekly we discover the surprisingly ancient tradition of sound branding - think church bells - we meet the two Marys, Wollstonecraft and Shelley, a literary tag team reunited in a new double biography, and we go to war in small, plastic tank.

    Culture File: Mary Wollstonecraft's & Mary Shelley P2

    Did Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark give birth to Romanticism?

    Thursday 18th June

    Culture File: Mary Wollstonecraft and Shelley P1

    An uncanny mother and child reunion in Romantic Outlaws, a double biography of Marys Wollstonecraft and Shelley.

    Wednesday 17th June

    Culture File: Sound Branding

    Why do so many of our possessions bleat, beep and chirrup at us? It's sound branding, says composer, John Groves.

    Tuesday 16th June

    Culture File: Small Plastic Wars

    Pat McGrath's one man show, Small Plastic Wars, about a crisis in the life of one scale model maker returns.

    Monday 15th June

    Culture File: Sightless Cinema in UCD

    White Cane Theatre prepare to take their work public in Sightless Cinema, a night of audio in a darkened cinema.

    Friday 12th June

    Culture File Weekly No 22

    This weekly, ships sail in and out of our stories, as we catch a glimpse of William Morris through a doorway in Ballyboden and on the Lido at Venice, meet Calvin Coolidge’s Kerry kitchen keeper in a parlour in Listowel and go big with UK saxophonist, Jason Yarde's 100-strong horn composition, Bold As Brass.

    Culture File: Odette Toilette & the scent of the now

    Odette Toilette's Century of Scent ends with Justin Bieber & the smell of the now, Oud, wafting through the world.

    Thursday 11th June

    Culture File: Kathy Buckley Cooking for the White House

    Hail to the Chef! Kathy Buckley, the Kerry cook who ran the White House kitchens under three US Presidents.

    Wednesday 10th June

    Culture File: BIG Brass with Jason Yarde

    British composer/saxophonist, Jason Yarde's 'Bold as Brass' was created not for a Big Band, but by a massive band.

    Tuesday 9th June

    Culture File: William Morris

    The Dublin legacy of activist-artist and proto-hipster admirer of the artisanal, William Morris.

    Monday 8th June

    Culture File: Composer James Wilson

    The life & music of Islington-born Irish-based composer & teacher, James Wilson in a new study by Mark Fitzgerald.

    Friday 5th June

    Culture File Weekly No 21

    This weekly playwright, Mark O’Rowe fights the Shakespeare flab to create a bite-sized bard for Galway's Druid, we 'um' and 'er' along with composer and lyricist, Adam Cork, who scored everyday speech for the play (and now film) London Road, and we head to West Cork on a wild yeast hunt.

    Culture File: Odette Toilette's on Frédéric Malle

    Odette Toilette on Ed. de Parfums Frédéric Malle where perfumers get top billing - even if sometimes posthumously

    Thursday 4th June

    Culture File: Verbatim Musical, London Road

    The UK National Theatre verbatim musical, London Road, is putting the real words of real people in the cinema.

    Wednesday 3rd June

    Culture File: Shakespeare Reduced with Mark O'Rowe

    Boiling down Richard II, Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and Henry V into a bite-sized 6 hours of theatre, with Mark O’Rowe.

    Tuesday 2nd June

    Culture File: Fermenting in West Cork

    Irish fermentation movement's 'mother of the mothers' April Danann, on the wild yeasts of West Cork.

    Monday 1st June

    Culture File Weekly No. 20

    On this Weekly, some poems, along with a fishbox or two of slates removed (legally) from the former home of Peig Sayers, a wave of computers that really just want to know how you feel, the sight and the sound of the Golden Section and how to build new images of ageing.

    Friday 29th May

    Culture File - Odette Toilette on Perfume and Food

    It's perfumes riffing on food from green tea to essence of candyfloss, as Odette Toilette sniffs the 90s in scent.

    Thursday 28th May

    Culture File: Women and Aging

    The Strange Adventures of Ageing and other dispatches from University of Limerick's Woman and Ageing conference.

    Wednesday 27th May

    Culture File: Maurice Quillinan on Maths & Music

    The latest incarnation of artist, Maurice Quillinan's maths, music and painting collaboration, Music on the Water, reaches Limerick.

    Tuesday 26th May

    Culture File: Rehabilitating Peig Sayers

    Artist, Ken Bolger and poet, Dairena Ni Chinnéide enlist slate to salvage Peig Sayers from her status as leaving Cert pariah.

    Monday 25th May

    Culture File: Empathising Brands

    Brand wrangler, Eoghan Nolan, on what happens to brands in the era when our devices want to know how we feel right this minute.

    Friday 22nd May

    Culture File Weekly No. 19

    This Weekly, we wander the kitchens and lecture sheds of Ballymaloe Literary Festival, where some of the world's greatest food pros have been munching and wandering among the mortals. We break bread with Chez Panisse founder, Alice Waters, glug with Beer oracle, Garrett Oliver; and hear about what's on breakfast tables from East Cork to Burgundy.

    Culture File: The Scent of the '90s with Odette Toilette

    Odette Toilette leads us into the '90s, when perfume was all about diffusion - of global brands, rather than precious molecules.

    Thursday 21st May

    Culture File - Breakfasts in Burgundy

    Breakfasts in Burgundy and East Cork, in the final report from this year's Ballymaloe Literary Festival.

    Wednesday 20th May

    Culture File - Garrett Oliver on Beer

    Some people call him the “Robert Parker of beer” - but don’t hold that against brewmaster and US craft beer guru, Garrett Oliver.

    Tuesday 19th May

    Culture File Weekly No. 18

    This weekly, we visit 'urban opera' set in St Teresas Garden in Dublin and a 'terror noise opera' performed in a shed in Leitrim, and enjoy Pigtown Scratchings, which isn't an opera at all, but an experimental cabaret. Plus, we hear why the sounds of hammering coffin nails is filling the streets of Cobh. Again.

    Culture File: Food Visionary, Alice Waters

    Alice Waters, founder of world's-greatest-restaurant contender, Chez Panisse, on her 'delicious revolution'.

    Monday 18th May

    Culture File: Writing for Children

    Killer first lines, and other strategies of the successful children's book writer, with literary agent, Julia Churchill.

    Friday 15th May

    Culture File: Odette Toilette on Rare Blockbuster Scents

    Were you a Body Shop White Musk lurker? Or sweating/whispering in a cloud of Obsession. Odette Toilette on some retro blockbuster scents.

    Thursday 14th May

    Culture File: Recalling the Lusitania

    Coffin carpentry and headstone carving spill out of Sirius Arts Centre, for an exhibition which recalls some of those aboard The Lusitania's final voyage.

    Wednesday 13th May

    Culture File: Pigtown Scratchings

    Cries, whispers and a touch of satanism at the latest edition of Limerick's works-in-progress, ideas-in-flux cabaret night, Pigtown Scratchings.

    Tuesday 12th May

    Cullture File - St Teresa's Gardens Opera

    Outlandishtheatre Platform’s Maud Hendricks on the company’s St. Teresa’s Gardens, Dublin-set “urban mini opera” EX-hib-IT-US 2015.

    Monday 11th May

    Culture File: My Weekend As A Performance Artist

    Gareth stack recalls 'My Weekend As A Performance Artist' at Leitrim's boutique Goth festival, Species.

    Friday 8th May

    Culture File Weekly No. 17

    This week we remember Wexford's own El Zorro, find the crossovers between nature documentaries and dance films and recall, with the help of restaurateur, Giorgio Casari, the Po Valley when the Neo-Realist rice was handpicked.

    Culture File: Odette Toilette & the Scent of Poison

    Odette Toilette leads us deeper in the scents of the 1980s, where dwell the possibly fecal joys of Dior’s zeitgiesty, Poison.

    Thursday 7th May

    Culture File: Dance Artist, Mary Wycherley

    Mary Wycherley on the history of bodies on screens, the power of the bell and her film collaboration with choreographer, Joan Davis.

    Wednesday 6th May

    Culture File - Foraging in Italy with Giorgio Casari

    Restaurateur, Giorgio Casari, on the pure joys of Italian spring cooking, and the link between foraged greens and budgie smugglers

    Tuesday 5th May

    Culture File - William Lamport aka El Zorro

    The tale of Wexford's swashbuckling Jesuit hero, William Lamport, who some prefer to call...El Zorro.

    Monday 4th May

    Culture File Weekly No 16

    Wool, tape and an electric guitar played with a knife sharpener all have their role this time, as we get some stitch tips at Cork's legendary knitting-as-art project, The Knitting Map, meet the man behind a cassette only music label and enlist a charming company of West End Men to help decide what exactly 'legit' currently means.

    Friday 1st May

    Culture File - The Scents of the 80s

    Odette Toilette's journey through the scents of the 20th century makes a stop at the power-suited, iron-pumping, calorie counting 1980s.

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