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Wednesday 17th December

Alternative Christmas songs

Abie Philbin Bowman with some alternatives to the usual Christmas songs

Thursday 11th December

The Moth

Neil Horgan tells his story on the theme of ‘busted’ from one of the recent The Moth storytelling nights in Dublin

Official website:  http://themoth.org     

Wednesday 10th December

Loves

Author Lia Mills explains why she loves the Yeats collection at the National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday 27th November

PD James, RIP

Declan Burke takes a look back at the remarkable career of crime writer PD James who died today  

Friday 21st November

"Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers on Art"

56 Irish writers looked to works in the National Gallery to inspire their contributions to the book 'Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers On Art'. Tonight in an Arena special four of those writers - Donal Ryan, John Boyne, Kevin Ryan and Alex Barclay - explain their choices and what it was about particular paintings that inspired them

painting chosen by John Boyne

"The Poachers" by James Arthur O'Connor (1835) was chosen by John Boyne

painting chosen by Donal Ryan

"An Ejected Family" by Erskine Nicol (1853) was chosen by Donal Ryan

painting chosen by Alex Barclay

"The Opening Of The Sixth Seal" by Francis Danby (1828) was chosen by Alex Barclay

painting chosen by Kevin Barry

"The Devil's Disc" by Ernest Procter (c 1928) was chosen by Kevin Barry

Friday 14th November

Celebrating the Dublin Book Festival

Live from Smock Alley Theatre in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival. Readings and conversation with authors Rob Doyle and Daniel Seery, poet Dimitra Xidous, author and illustrator Annie West and music from Hannah McPhillimy and Hilary Woods

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

Official website:  www.dublinbookfestival.com

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