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    Thursday 18th September

    Album reviews

    John Meagher and Edel Coffey review “Hozier” by Hozier, “Popular Problems” by Leonard Cohen and “Syro” by Aphex Twin

    James Yorkston

    Scottish folk musician James Yorkston talks about his latest album ‘The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society’

    Film reviews

    Chris Wasser and Ruth Barton review latest films – “Magic In The Moonlight”, “A Walk Among The Tombstones” and “The Riot Club”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - some of the events happening around the country on Culture Night tomorrow night, Scottish independence referendum has led to a surge in sales of the film 'Braveheart', American country music star George Hamilton IV dies

    Wednesday 17th September

    Theatre reviews from Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Dave Lordan reviews “Eating Seals & Seagulls Eggs” and “My Name Is Saoirse”, both running as part of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Chatham Sax Quartet

    chat and music from the Chatham Sax Quartet who are performing at Kinsale Arts Festival

    Enda Walsh, playwright

    Enda Walsh talks about the Kinsale Arts Festival premiere of his play “How These Desperate Men Talk”, a collaboration between Corcadorca Theatre and composers Eat My Noise

    'Friends' at 20

    Alan Corr takes a look at the enduring appeal of “Friends”, 20 years after it hit television screens

    Theatre review

    Sophie Gorman reviews current production of “Borstal Boy” starring Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon at the Gaiety Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Liam Neeson and Bono writing a movie set in Ireland in the 1970's, Eva Longoria will be one of headline speakers at this year's Dublin Web Summit, the chopper motorbike used in 'Easy Rider' expected to fetch $1m when it goes up for auction next month

    Tuesday 16th September

    'Fight Club'

    Gavin Burke takes a look at what makes the film “Fight Club” so memorable, on it's 15th anniversary

    Culture Night preview

    Singer and Culture Night Ambassador Miss Kate and Evelyn O’Rourke with a preview of events happening around the country on Culture Night, Friday 19th September 2014

    'Vardo' by ANU Productions

    Louise Lowe of ANU Productions explains 'Vardo', the final part of their Monto Cycle of plays exploring one hundred years of life in Dublin's inner city

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Apple helps iTune users delete the free U2 album, Matt Damon to return to the role of Jason Bourne in 2016, terminally-ill Clive James poem 'Japanese Maple' published

    Monday 15th September

    Art book reviews

    Brian Fay reviews 'This Is Bacon' and 'This Is Gaugin', introductory books to the work of each artist (published by Laurence King Press)

    'The Seagull & Other Birds' by Pan Pan Theatre

    Theatre director Gavin Quinn talks about the Pan Pan Theatre production “The Seagull and Other Birds” which is a re-imagining of “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov

    Nana Mouskouri

    Greek singing legend Nana Mouskouri talks about her long career and her forthcoming concert in Dublin

    Book review: 'Personal' by Lee Child

    Declan Burke reviews “Personal” by Lee Child, his 19th thriller to feature the assassin Jack Reacher (published by Bantam Press)

    Theatre reviews

    Sophie Gorman reviews new Druid production of Tom Murphy plays “Brigit” and “Bailegangaire” currently playing in Galway

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - John Michael McDonagh very critical of standard of Irish films, Paul Brady criticises U2 for using Apple to give away their new album, Damien Rice announces forthcoming gigs

    Friday 12th September

    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Angela Dorgan review “Songs Of Innocence” by U2, “World On Fire” by Slash and “No Sound Without Silence” by The Script

    Music In Monkstown Festival

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on the classical music festival “Music in Monkstown”

    'We Didn't Care When Our Mothers Had Cancer' at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Neil Douglas talks about his play “We Didn’t Care When Our Mothers Had Cancer”, inspired by his reaction to his mother’s cancer diagnosis; it is running in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    'Sister Caravaggio' review

    Eithne Shortall reviews “Sister Caravaggio”, a crime thriller co-written by 7 well-known Irish authors (published by Liberties Press)

    Thursday 11th September

    'The Fourteenth Visit' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Dancer & choreographer Aoife McAtamney explains her show “The Fourteenth Visit”

    Jape at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Richie Egan and Glen Keating of Jape talk about performing at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and their musical side-project Dimman

    'Tardigrade' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Sophie Gorman reviews the dance show “Tardigrade” by Philip Connaughton

    Film reviews

    Eithne Shortall and Joe Griffin review new films – “Pride”, “A Most Wanted Man” and “A Nightingale Falling”

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies, Paul Greengrass to direct Leonardo di Caprio and Jonah Hill in a terrorist thriller set during 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bond villain Richard Kiel dies

    Wednesday 10th September

    Irish Arts Review

    The quarterly magazine ‘Irish Arts Review’ includes features on painting, sculpture, architecture, crafts, heritage, antiques, reviews of exhibitions and books, and a diary of arts events. They are expanding their online presence to include the ‘New Generation Artists Online Gallery’. Sonya Perkins CEO and Gerry Walker, a contributor are in studio

    Camille O'Sullivan

    Camille O’Sullivan, live, accompanied on piano by Feargal Murray. Camille will be celebrating her 20th year at the Dublin Fringe Festival this week.

    National Symphony Orchestra

    RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s new 2014/2015 season opens this Friday at the National Concert Hall.Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev and orchestra leader Helena Wood join Seán in studio for a short preview

    Tuesday 9th September

    Mavis Gallant profile

    Louisa Cameron profiles The New Yorker short-story writer, the Canadian Mavis Gallant

    Irish Youth Opera

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports from rehearsals for the inaugural production by newly-formed Irish Youth Opera - ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ by Benjamin Britten

    Seamus Heaney festival

    Marie Louise Muir, guest curator for the ‘On Home Ground’ Festival celebrating the life & work of Seamus Heaney

    Public interview with Martin Amis

    an excerpt from Arena public interview with Martin Amis at the recent ‘Mountains to Sea’ Festival where he answers an audience question about his friendship with the late novelist Christopher Hitchens

    Man Booker Prize 2014

    Sinead Gleeson discusses the 6 authors that made the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - the world’s top-earning authors list released today, David Bowie announced his first new music since 2013, a new biopic of Peggy Lee back on the cards, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Reese Witherspoon

    Monday 8th September

    Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival reviews

    Sophie Gorman and Dave Lordan review two productions at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival – “The Rest Is Action” by The Company and “Bastard: A Family History” by Oddie Braddell

    Cormac James, author

    Cormac James talks about “The Surfacing”, his novel set in the 1850’s aboard a ship on an Arctic expedition to the North West Passage (published by Sandstone Press)

    Stellan Skarsgard

    Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard talks about acting in theatre, television and film, working with Lars von Trier and his latest role in the film “In Order Of Disappearance”

    Eoin Colfer at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Eoin Colfer talks about his play “The Belle Bottoms”, the story of two women set in a 1970’s disco cabaret which is running in this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - winners announced for the west of Ireland's first Sky Road Film & TV Festival, the long-awaited third album from Damien Rice due out in October, Morgan Freeman safely landed his faulty plane when flying to Toronto Film Festival

    Friday 5th September

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and John Meagher review “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” by Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, “Ryan Adams” by Ryan Adams and “El Pintor” from Interpol

    Film adaptation of 'Before I Go To Sleep'

    Film director Rowan Joffé and author SJ Watson talk about adapting his novel “Before I Go To Sleep” for the big screen

    Rachel Cusk, author

    Rachel Cusk talks about her latest novel “Outline”, the story of a woman who goes to Greece to give a writing workshop (published by Faber & Faber)

    Seamus Heaney documentary

    John Kelly and Mick Heaney talk about the 2-part documentary for RTÉ Radio 1 - “Professor Heaney” chronicles the late Seamus Heaney’s tenure as a teacher at Harvard and Oxford universities

    Thursday 4th September

    'At Sea' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Liadain Kaminska and Darren Sinnott of Just The Lads theatre group talk about their show “At Sea” playing in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    'Pilgrim' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Actor Rex Ryan and writer Philip Doherty of Gonzo Theatre talk about their play “Pilgrim” at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    The Moth storytelling nights

    The Moth artistic director Catherine Burns and producing director Sarah Austin Jenness explain what The Moth storytelling nights are all about

    Film reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Gavin Burke review “Before I Go To Sleep”, “Sex Tape” and “The Hundred Foot Journey”

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