Wednesday 20th September

'Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect', a documentary by Mark Noonan

Mark Noonan talks about his film 'Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect'

'Horse Fair' by Rachael Hegarty

Rachael Hegarty reads 'Horse Fair' from her debut collection 'Flight Paths Over Finglas' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'A Legacy of Spies' by John le Carré

Declan Burke reviews 'A Legacy of Spies' by John le Carré (published by Penguin)

'My Absolute Darling' by Gabriel Tallent

Gabriel Tallent talks about his debut novel 'My Absolute Darling' (published by Fourth Estate)

Tuesday 19th September

A history of record labels - Sub Pop

Jim Carroll with his occasional series on the history of record labels – this week, Sub Pop

Opera in the cinema

Fergus Sheil chats about the live screening of 'The Magic Flute' (productions by The Metropolitan Opera New York and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden) which are coming to Irish cinema

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Trucker' by Shenoah Allen

Comedian, writer and performer Shenoah Allen (who is one half of the American comedy duo ‘The Pajama Men’ talks about his show 'Trucker'

Review: 'Bowie: A Life', a biography by Dylan Jones

Róisín Dwyer reviews 'Bowie: A Life', a biography of David Bowie by Dylan Jones (published by Penguin)

Monday 18th September

A public interview with Frank McGuinness

A live public interview with playwright Frank McGuinness, to mark the publication of his latest novel 'The Woodcutter and His Family' (published by O'Brien Press)

Friday 15th September

Anticipating the 60th Dublin Theatre Festival 2017

A live broadcast from the Civic Theatre Tallaght ahead of the upcoming 60th Dublin Theatre Festival

Thursday 14th September

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Róisín Dwyer review 'Concrete and Gold' from Foo Fighters, 'Dream Your Way Out Of This One' from Niall Connolly and 'Savage' from Gary Numan

JP Donleavy RIP

The death was announced today of the Irish American author JP Donleavy

Essay: pre-publicity around films

Chris Wasser with an essay about why he’s tired of all the pre-publicity around films and knowing everything about them long before they’re released

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Gavin Burke review 'Mother', 'The Villainess' and 'Victoria and Abdul'

Wednesday 13th September

3 books on.....the land

Peter Murphy selects his 3 favourite books about the land

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Talk Real Fine, Just Like A Lady' by Amanda Coogan and the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf

Performance artist Amanda Coogan explains her collaboration with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf on 'Talk Real Fine, Just Like A Lady'

Shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017

Kay Sheehy with a run-down of the 6 authors on the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival 2017

Mary Hickson and Bryce Dessner, co-curators of the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival

Tuesday 12th September

'The Reluctant Contact' by Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke talks about his latest novel 'The Reluctant Contact' (published by Hodder & Stoughton) ; he also talks about his work as a film-maker and latest film 'Maze'

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Saharcasm' by Sahar Ali

Sahar Ali explains how themes of Irishism, Arabism and racism inspired her one-woman show 'Saharcasm' which is running at the Dublin Fringe Festival

'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams', an exhibition in Paris

Kay Sheehy visited 'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams', a major exhibition of 70 years of Dior designs at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris

'Flight Paths Over Finglas' by Rachael Hegarty

Rachael Hegarty talks about her debut collection of poetry 'Flight Paths Over Finglas' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Monday 11th September

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Spliced' by Timmy Creed

Timmy Creed, writer & performer of 'Spliced', a play staged in a handball alley which aims to shine a light on identity and mental health in the GAA

20 years of street art by Banksy

Cristín Leach looks back at the 20-year career of street artist Banksy

Drimoleague Singing Festival 2017

The inaugural Drimoleague Singing Festival, with guests including John Spillane, Nell Ní Chroinín and Liam O'Maonlaí

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Close To The Sun' by The Corps Ensemble

Philip Doherty and Mary Murray chat about 'Close To The Sun', a play by The Corps Ensemble about a family in Australia preparing for a wedding until the unexpected arrival of an estranged sibling brings demons of the past back to life

Friday 8th September

Album reviews

Sinead Gleeson and Simon Maher review 'Unfinished Business' from Paul Brady, 'Sleep Well Beast' from The National and 'Native Invader' from Tori Amos

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'The Assassination of Pope Urban II' by James Moran

James Moran chats about his experimental comedy show 'The Assassination of Pope Urban II'

Essay: standing ovations in the theatre

John Doran with an essay about theatrical standing ovations

'Headland', new works by Elizabeth Magill at the Limerick City Gallery of Art

Sorcha Kenny visited the Limerick City Gallery of Art to view 'Headland', the first exhibition in 10 years of the work of Canadan Irish artist Elizabeth Magill

Thursday 7th September

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'The Shitstorm', a play by Simon Doyle and Maeve Stone

Maeve Stone, director and Simon Doyle, writer of the play 'The Shitstorm'

Review: 'The Break' by Marian Keyes

Mary McGill reviews 'The Break' by Marian Keyes, about a marriage going through a crisis (published by Michael Joseph)

'The Drummer & The Keeper', a film by Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly chats about how his experience as a songwriter helped him as a film-maker (his debut film 'The Drummer & The Keeper' is released this weekend)

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Paul Whitington review 'It', 'Wind River' and 'Insyriated'

Wednesday 6th September

Simon Quigley Ensemble at the Skerries Soundwaves 2017 Festival

Pianist/composer Simon Quigley who is one of the performers at the upcoming Skerries Soundwaves Festival, with a piece called 'Crimson Gown' which he composed with Fiach Moriarty

Review: 'The Party' by Elizabeth Day

Áine Ní Ghlinn and Rex Ryan review 'The Party' by Elizabeth Day (published by Fourth Estate)

'You Won't Forget Me: A Centenary Celebration of writer Maeve Brennan in Words and Music'

Emilie Conway chats about the show she created 'You Won’t Forget Me: A Centenary Celebration of writer Maeve Brennan in Words and Music' at the National Concert Hall next week

Hitchcock's Vertigo, the greatest film ever made?

Murray Pomerance, one of the speakers at a seminar in Dublin next week that asks 'is Hitchcock’s Vertigo the greatest film ever made?'

Tuesday 5th September

Review: 'he' by John Connolly

Declan Burke reviews 'he' by John Connolly (published by Hodder & Stoughton)

'Hamnet' at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017

Sorcha Kenny reports from rehearsals for 'Hamnet'

'Take Off Your Cornflakes', by Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan

Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan talk about their play 'Take Off Your Cornflakes'

The Aran jumper, an iconic fashion item

Michelle Millar Fisher, one of the curators of the MoMA New York exhibition 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' in which the Aran jumper is included as one of the most iconic fashion items from the past century

Monday 4th September

Tom Murphy becomes a Saoi of Aosdána

Congratulations to playwright Tom Murphy who earlier today became a Saoi of Aosdána

1967, an important year for the films of Sidney Poitier

Dan Geary looks back 50 years to 1967, a ground-breaking year for actor Sidney Poitier and for films tackling themes of racism and what it was like to be black in America

Two exhibitions by Paul Mosse

Artist/sculptor Paul Mosse who has two major exhibitions currently – one in Hillsboro Fine Art Dublin called 'First' and one in Visual Carlow called 'What’s With the Apocalypse?'

Music In Monkstown Festival 2017

John Finucane, clarinettist with the National Symphony Orchestra and organiser of the Music In Monkstown Festival which takes place this coming weekend

'Normal' by Caitríona Daly at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Writer Caitríona Daly and actor Karen Ardiff talk about their play 'Normal', about what it's like being the mother of a son with autism

Friday 1st September

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Eamon Sweeney review 'American Dream' from LCD Soundsystem, 'Freedom Child' from The Script and 'Hearts That Strain' from Jake Bugg

Preview of Wicklow Film Festival 2017

Jon Hozier Byrne, one of the curators of the Wicklow Film Festival which begins next week

Review: 'Such Small Hands' by Andrés Barba

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Such Small Hands' by Andrés Barba (published by Portobello Books)

Thursday 31st August

'Celebrating Callas - The Life, Loves & Music of Maria Callas', written and produced by Niall Morris

Niall Morris, writer/producer of 'Celebrating Callas - The Life, Loves & Music of Maria Callas' at the National Concert Hall

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Soldier Still' by Junk Ensemble

Megan and Jessica Kennedy, co-directors of Junk Ensemble and retired army officer Tom Clonan talk about the dance show 'Soldier Still' at the Dublin Fringe Festival

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