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    Celebrating the music of Van Morrison

    A special programme celebrating the music of Van Morrison, to mark his 70th birthday. Guests include poet Paul Muldoon, Morrison biographer Johnny Ronan, colleague and friend Siobhan MacGowan and Dr Peter Mills author of “Hymns To The Silence: Inside The Words and Music of Van Morrison”  

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    Nighthawks Arts Collective

    Nighthawks Arts Collective live in studio with the bands Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies, Tomorrows and Gangs, poets Paul Timoney, Paul Curran and Angela T Carr and singer/ songwriters Katie O'Connor, Elder Roche and Christian Collins 

    Check out the Nighthawks at the Cobalt Cafe page on Facebook

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    Essay: 'Display Show' at the Temple Bar Gallery

    Sara Baume with an essay reacting to ‘Display Show’, the current exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery (who commissioned her to write a response to each exhibition in their 2015/2016 season)

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    Mick O'Dea at Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Mick O’Dea is artist-in-residence at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival during which he will create on-site portraits of key participants and events at the festival; we meet him while he is working on a portrait of actor Barry McGovern

    Full details:  www.kilkennyarts.ie/programme/festival-portrait

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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

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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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