Friday 17th November

'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan chats about her latest novel 'Manhattan Beach', set in the shipyards and nightclubs of 1940's Brooklyn (published by Corsair)

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and John Meagher review 'Low In High School' from Morrissey, 'The Architect' from Paloma Faith and 'Rest' from Charlotte Gainsbourg

Review: 'Where The Past Begins', a memoir by Amy Tan

Eithne Shortall reviews 'Where The Past Begins', a memoir by Amy Tan (published by Fourth Estate)

Thursday 16th November

International Guitar Quartet in session

Chat and live music with the International Guitar Quartet who will be performing at the National Opera House Wexford as part of the Music Network Residency series

'Body Language' by CoisCéim Dance Theatre and the RHA Gallery

Kay Sheehy reports on 'Body Language', a multi-media exploration of ways of telling your life story non-verbally

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Simon Maher review 'Justice League', 'Ingrid Goes West' and 'Good Time'

Wednesday 15th November

'The Ground Opened Up', a virtual reality installation by Elaine Hoey

Elaine Hoey talks about her virtual reality installation 'The Ground Opened Up', inspired by events at Ireland's Mother & Baby homes

'The State of Us', a trilogy of plays by Peter Duffy

Peter Duffy talks about 'The State Of Us', his trilogy of one-man plays

'A Man Is Only As Good...', selected poems by Pat Boran

Pat Boran chats about 'A Man Is Only As Good...', a pocket-sized edition of some of his selected poems (published by Dedalus Press)

'The Pedcro Almodovar Archives', edited by Paul Duncan and Barbara Peiró

Alice Butler reviews 'The Pedcro Almodovar Archives', edited by Paul Duncan and Barbara Peiró (published by Taschen)

Monday 13th November

'Winter Papers, Volume 3', the annual arts anthology

Marking the publication of the annual arts anthology  'Winter Papers, Volume 3', with Kevin Barry, Sarah Baume, Paul Lynch, Jessica Traynor and Mary Morrissy (published by Curlew Editions)

Friday 10th November

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Alan Corr review 'Reputation' from Taylor Swift, 'West To The Evening Sun' from Ailie Blunnie and 'Synthesis' from Evanescence

Review: 'The Unforeseen' by Dorothy MacArdle

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'The Unforeseen' by Dorothy MacArdle, a gothic ghost story set in Wicklow which was originally published in 1945 (published by Tramp Press)

Billy Boyle, star of 'Follies'

Irish actor Billy Boyle who stars in Stephen Sondheim's 'Follies' which will be broadcast live into Irish cinemas in the latest National Theatre Live production

Thursday 9th November

Martin Figura and Helen Ivory at the Leaves Festival of Writing & Music 2017

Poets Martin Figura and Helen Ivory who are both participants at the Leaves Festival of Writing & Music this weekend

Review: 'Bluebird, Bluebird' by Attica Locke

Declan Burke reviews 'Bluebird, Bluebird', the latest Attica Locke crime thriller (published by Serpent's Tail)

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Justin MacGregor review 'Professor Marston and The Wonder Women', 'Only The Brave' and 'The Florida Project'

Wednesday 8th November

'The Lodgers', a horror film by Brian O'Malley

Film-maker Brian O'Malley discusses his latest film, an Irish horror called 'The Lodgers'

'Female Lines - New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland'

Dawn Miranda Sherratt Bado and Celia de Fréine chat about 'Female Lines', a new anthology of female writers from Northern Ireland (published by New Island)

'Lou Reed – A Life' by Anthony DeCurtis

Anthony DeCurtis, author of the biography 'Lou Reed – A Life' (published by John Murray)

Tuesday 7th November

Moya Cannon at the Allingham Festival 2017

Moya Cannon who will be hosting a poetry workshop this weekend at the Allingham Festival

Review: 'The Alarming Palsy of James Orr' by Tom Lee

Tom Donnelly reviews 'The Alarming Palsy of James Orr' by Tom Lee (published by Granta)

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2017

Matt Packer, curator for the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, explains this year’s theme ‘They Call Us The Screamers’

The history of the musical 'Cabaret'

Kay Sheehy on the history of the musical 'Cabaret'

Monday 6th November

The life and music of Abner Jay

In his occasional series looking at lost musical treasures, Donal Dineen with a guide to the work of blues-infused folk artist Abner Jay

'Boom?', a play by Isobel Mahon

Isobel Mahon chats about her play 'Boom?', a satire about the madness of the Celtic Tiger years in Ireland

'Fire Below (A War of Words)' by Owen McCafferty and Jimmy Fay

Playwright Owen McCafferty and theatre director Jimmy Fay chat about their play 'Fire Below (A War of Words)'

Susan McKay lecture at the Allingham Arts Festival

Susan McKay will be speaking on the topic of the female experience of frontiers and borders in society and the arts

Friday 3rd November

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Anna Carey review 'The Thrill Of It All' from Sam Smith, 'Honey & Tar' from The Cornshed Sisters and 'Red Pill Blues' from Maroon 5

Newly-refurbished Stella Theatre

Lisa McGeough reports on the newly-refurbished Stella Theatre in Rathmines

Film reviews

Roe McDermott and Gavin Burke review 'Conor McGregor: Notorious', 'The Killing of A Sacred Deer' and 'Murder On The Orient Express'

Thursday 2nd November

Celebrating George Bernard Shaw, at the Dublin Book Festival

In collaboration with the Dublin Book Festival live from Smock Alley Theatre, celebrating the work of George Bernard Show on the centenary of his death

Wednesday 1st November

'Transmissions' by Elaine Cosgrove

Elaine Cosgrove chats about her debut collection of poetry 'Transmissions' (published by Dedalus Press)

Preview: 'Alias Grace' on Netflix

Mary McGill previews 'Alias Grace', a new series coming to Netflix

'In White Ink' by Elske Rahill

Elske Rahill chats about 'In White Ink', her first collection of short stories (published by Lilliput Press)

Tuesday 31st October

Lois Smith, star of 'Marjorie Prime'

American actress Lois Smith talks about her starring role as the 85-year old lead character in the film 'Marjorie Prime'

How the 1917 Revolution impacted on art and culture in Russia

How the 1917 Russian revolution impacted on that country’s art and culture, with Justin Doherty and Marina Levitina

Thursday 26th October

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and John Meagher review 'Pacific Daydream' from Weezer, 'Between The Earth and Sky' from Lankum and 'The Meaning Of Life' from Kelly Clarkson

'How To Say It The Way It Is!', an exhibition at the Rua Red Gallery

Kay Sheehy reviews 'How To Say It The Way It Is', an exhibition from the international collection a/political which is currently on view at the Rua Red Gallery in Tallaght

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Paul Whitington review 'Thor: Ragnarok', 'Breathe' and 'Call Me By Your Name'

Wednesday 25th October

'This Is The Funeral Of Your Life', a play by Louise White

Louise White chats about how the death of her father inspired her latest play 'This Is The Funeral Of Your Life'

'A Life Of My Own', a memoir by Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin talks about her memoir 'A Life Of My Own' (published by Viking)

'Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son', a play by Donal O'Kelly

Donal O'Kelly explains why he has revived his 1-man play 'Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son', which he first performed 30 years ago

Tuesday 24th October

'Tell Them Our Names', a film by Smashing Times Theatre

Mary Moynihan talks about 'Tell Them Our Names', a film by Smashing Times Theatre

RDS Visual Art Awards 2017

Artist/curator of the RDS Visual Art Awards exhibition Nick Miller and artist Kevin O'Kelly (winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award for his work Something About The Way You Look)

'Hymn To The Reckless' by Erin Fornoff

Performance poet Erin Fornoff chats about her debut collection 'Hymn To The Reckless' (published by Dedalus Press)

'Sugar Money' by Jane Harris

Jane Harris chats about her latest novel 'Sugar Money' (published by Faber & Faber)

Monday 23rd October

'Stephen McKenna: Selected Works', an exhibition at the Kerlin Gallery

Declan Long reviews an exhibition of selected works by the late artist Stephen McKenna, currently showing at the Kerlin Gallery

Preview: season 2 of 'Stranger Things' on Netflix

Roe McDermott previews season 2 of the Netflix sci-fi horror series 'Stranger Things'

'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami', a documentary by Sophie Fiennes

Sophie Fiennes (director) and Katie Holly (producer) chat about their documentary 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami'

Review: 'Uncommon Type: Some Stories' by Tom Hanks

Darryl Jones reviews 'Uncommon Type: Some Stories' by Tom Hanks (published by William Heinemann)

Friday 20th October

Album reviews

Alan Corr and Lauren Murphy review 'Flicker' from Niall Horan; 'The Endless Shimmering' from And So I Watch You From Afar and 'Glasshouse' from Jessie Ware.

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