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Thursday 9th July

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 ...

Monday 6th July

"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

Friday 3rd July

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 ...

Friday 26th June

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   

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 ...


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

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   

Monday 22nd June

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/ 

Friday 12th June

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 ...

Monday 27th April


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 ...



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