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    Arts & culture festival Palfest

    Playwright and actor Donal O’Kelly is one of the organisers of Palfest, a new arts and culture festival set up to express solidarity with the people of Palestine suffering under Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip

    Full details:  www.palfestireland.net 

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    "Precipice", an exhibition by photographer Amelia Stein

    Photographer Amelia Stein gives a guided tour of “Precipice”, the solo exhibition of her work currently running at the Oliver Sears Gallery

    Further details:  www.ameliastein.com/work  and www.oliversearsgallery.com

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    A poetic celebration of WB Yeats

    Today's programme was recorded in conjunction with Arena and Yeats 2015

    a special programme recorded in Sligo to mark the 150th birthday celebration of William Butler Yeats.  Hosted by Theo Dorgan, guests are six women poet laureates - the Chair of Irish Poetry Paula Meehan, Poet Laureate of England Carol Ann Duffy, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead, the London Laureate Aisling Fahey and Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey

    (for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

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    Ben Okri, writer & poet

    British-Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri talks about the things that inspire him   

    Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com

    Official website:  http://benokri.co.uk   

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    Brian Eno, composer

    Composer and producer Brian Eno talks about his background in art and popular music and how that has influenced his current work as an ambient composer

    Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com

    Official website:  www.facebook.com/brianenomusic  

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    Daily arts and popular culture show; tonight coming live from the Hay Festival Kells 

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    Matthew Spangler, theatre director/playwright

    American theatre director/playwright Matthew Spangler talks about the challenges of bringing literary adaptations to the stage 

    Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com  

    Official website:  http://matthewspangler.org   

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    The role of the Ireland Chair of Poetry

    Paula Meehan, Michael Longley and Harry Clifton explain what the role involves when you are appointed Ireland Chair of Poetry

    Official website:  http://irelandchairofpoetry.org/ 

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    Celebrating 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats

    special programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, reflecting on the poet’s life and legacy with the current Irish Chair of Poetry Paula Meehan and poets Michael Longley and Harry Clifton. Themes addressed: Yeats’ early life, lyrical poetry, Maud Gonne, the occult, Irish politics, marriage, Nobel prize and his legacy

    (for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

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    Daily arts and popular culture show; today is a special programme recorded in front of a live audience at the Manion House, Dublin. A discussion of the language in this year's "One City One Book" novel - The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle 

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