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    Thursday 2nd July

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Jim Carroll review “Communion” by Years and Years, “The Monsanto Years” by Neil Young & Promise Of The Real and “Perpetual Motion People” by Ezra Furman

    Film reviews

    Brogen Hayes and Brian Lloyd review “Terminator Genisys”, “Magic Mike XXL” and “Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Arts Minister Heather Humphreys official re-names the Opera House in Wexford, Liam Neeson's son Mícheál to play Michael Collins in new Irish film about the 1916 Rising and Timothy Spall to play Ian Paisley, tributes paid to singer Val Doonican whose death was announced today

    Wednesday 1st July

    The Grateful Dead back on stage

    John Meagher looks at the history of the psychedelic American rock band The Grateful Dead who are reforming for 50th anniversary concerts called ‘Fare Thee Well’ which will be shown in cinemas worldwide

    'Continuous Drift' art installation

    Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to American sound artist Sven Anderson about his project “Continuous Drift”, a public art sound installation in Meeting House Square where people help create an art experience via their mobile phones

    Review: 'A God In Ruins' by Kate Atkinson

    Eithne Shortall reviews “A God In Ruins” by Kate Atkinson, a companion novel to her earlier “Life After Life” and the continuing story of the Todd family living in London in the early years of the 20th century (published by Doubleday)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Amy Winehouse label boss says he has destroyed demos for all her unreleased material, Leonard Nimoy documentary raises more than enough funding on Kickstarter, makers of Back To The Future say there'll be no re-make until after they die

    Tuesday 30th June

    'Undoing Time: The Life & Work of Samuel Beckett' by Jennifer Birkett

    Jennifer Birkett, author of “Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett” (published by Irish Academic Press)

    'A Month In The Country' at the Gate Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke went to rehearsals for Brian Friel’s adaptation of Turgenev's “A Month In The Country” at the Gate Theatre

    Review: 'The Festival Of Insignificance' by Milan Kundera

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Festival of Insignificance” by Milan Kundera, a story following the intertwining lives of 4 friends living in Paris, all men in mid-life (published by Faber & Faber)

    'Amy', the documentary

    Alan Corr reviews “Amy”, a new documentary charting the life, career and death of Amy Winehouse

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Taylor Swift exercising tight control over her live show images, official confirmation that television station BBC3 will move online-only, Royal Opera production of 'William Tell' in Covent Garden booed by audience and prompts walk-outs

    Monday 29th June

    A history of The Terminator

    Chris Wasser with a history of The Terminator film franchise, created by James Cameron and lead character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Earagail Arts Festival celebrates knitting tradition in Donegal

    Roise Goan, producer and dramaturg of “She Knit The Roof”, a theatrical celebration of the knitting tradition of Crolly, Co Donegal for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival

    Review: 'The Water Knife' by Paolo Bacigalupi

    Rick O’Shea reviews “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi, a story set in the future in the southern US states where the effects of extreme climate change have made water the most precious of resources in a deeply divided society (published by Orbit)

    'The Producers' at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Abie Philbin Bowman chats to actor Jason Manford and some of the cast of the musical “The Producers” ahead of their production at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in July

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - death of legendary RTÉ broadcaster Liam Ó Murchú, conflicting reports over the health of Joni Mitchell, complaints to UK regulator about language Kanye West used during his set at Glastonbury

    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

    Ben Okri, writer & poet

    British-Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri talks about the things that inspire him

    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

    Thursday 25th June

    Review: 'Killing Monica' by Candace Bushnell

    Anna Carey reviews “Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell, the story of a writer trying to escape the shadow of the hugely-popular literary character that made her famous (published by Little Brown)

    'The Puccini Scandal' at Loughcrew House

    Composer/dramatist Niall Morris explains the scandal in the life of Puccini that is the basis of a new opera drama that will be staged at Loughcrew House next week

    Film reviews

    Eithne Shortall and Stephen Boyd review “She’s Funny That Way”, “Slow West” and “The Overnight”

    Arts News - change to status of the National Concert Hall

    Simon Taylor, Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall on today’s announcement by Minister Heather Humphries of the change in status of the NCH

    Wednesday 24th June

    Courtney Lewis conducts the RTÉ NSO summer season

    Belfast-born conductor Courtney Lewis returns to Ireland to conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in their summer season

    Review: 'Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread' by Chuck Palahniuk

    Dave Lordan reviews “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” , a short story collection by Chuck Palahniuk (published by Jonathan Cape)

    A tribute to Grant Green

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to musicians Nigel Mooney and Hugh Buckley about their tribute tour to the music of jazz guitarist Grant Green

    'The Night Stages' by Jane Urquhart

    Canadian author Jane Urquhart talks about her latest novel “The Night Stages”, set mainly in Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula during the 1940s and '50s, it’s the story of an English woman remembering her intense affair with a charismatic but troubled Irishman (published by One World)

    Tuesday 23rd June

    Review: 'Death and Mr Pickwick' by Stephen Jarvis

    Darragh Downes reviews “Death and Mr Pickwick” by Stephen Jarvis, how illustrator Robert Seymour created the character Mr Pickwick but his publisher handed over the writing of accompanying stories to a young writer Boz – Charles Dickens (published by Jonathan Cape)

    Latest in women's fiction

    Edel Coffey with the latest women's fiction – “The Long Hot Summer” by Kathleen McMahon (published by Sphere) “The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)” by Kate Winter (published by Little Brown) “The Secrets We Share” by Emma Hannigan (published by Hachette Books) “That Day In June” by Martina Reilly (published by Hachette Books)

    Television: new series of 'True Detective'

    Justin McGregor reviews the first episode in series 2 of “True Detective” with Colin Farrell in a lead role

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - anonymous donors offer to buy Beit paintings to ensure they stay in Ireland, programme unveiled for 2015 Galway Film Fleadh, tragic death of film composer James Horner

    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

    George Miller profile

    Harvey O’Brien profiles the eclectic career of film-maker George Miller

    Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music & Song 2015

    Donal Lunny and John Carty with a preview of what people can expect at this year’s Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music & Song at the University of Limerick

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Taylor Swift talks Apple into changing their plans to provide free music streaming, American author James Salter dies, rumours of a new Star Trek spin-off for television

    Friday 19th June

    Album reviews

    Alan Corr and Róisin Dwyer review “No Place In Heaven” by Mika, “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges and “Get To Heaven” by Everything Everything

    'Nine Lives' and Irish Design 2015

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on the work of Irish architects on display at London Festival of Architecture Emmett Scanlon (one of the ten architects featured in New Horizon/Irish Design 2015 showcase). ‘Nine Lives’ is currently on display at the Design Museum in London

    'Here’s Me Here: Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant' by Glenn Patterson

    Glenn Patterson talks about his latest book “Here’s Me Here: Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant”, a collection of his opinion journalism from various publications over the past 8 years (published by New Island Books)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Simon Armitage appointed the new Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, Irish film 'You're Ugly Too' wins American Screen Directors Guild 'Finders Series' award, Alex Gibney documentary about Church of Scientology to get a limited UK release

    Thursday 18th June

    ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

    Abie Philbin Bowman reports on the six films shortlisted for this year’s ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

    'Glorious Madness' by ANU Productions

    Owen Boss of Anu Productions and actress Laura Murray explain the latest production from ANU – “Glorious Madness”, a dramatic exploration of the 1916 Rising on the streets where some of the key events of Easter Week took place

    RTÉ Concert Orchestra string quartet

    RTÉ Concert Orchestra string quartet perform live (Mia Cooper and Camille Bonnard on violin, Nicole Fischer on viola and Yue Tang on cello) ahead of the Concert Orchestra’s summer season

    Film reviews

    Sarah Griffin and Joe Griffin review “Mr Holmes”, “Entourage” and “Les Combattants”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - reviews in for new EL James book 'Grey' (the story told from the perspective of Christian Grey), the last days of Groucho Marx to be brought to the big screen, discussion today in both houses of the Oireachtas about how to keep the Beit paintings in the country

    Wednesday 17th June

    Review: 'Riddle of the Burial Grounds' at Project Arts Centre

    Declan Long reviews the exhibition ‘Riddle of the Burial Grounds’ (art works, video and installations exploring the impact of humans on the planet) currently on show at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin

    Winner of 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    Jim Crace, winner of this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Harvest” (published by Picador)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Jim Crace wins 2015 IMPAC literary award, television series 'Penny Dreadful' (which is shot in Dublin) is renewed for a third season

    Tuesday 16th June

    'Lifesaving Poems', an anthology from Bloodaxe Books

    Anthony Wilson, editor of “Lifesaving Poems”, a new anthology published by Bloodaxe Books, specifically chosen with the belief in the healing and enriching power of poetry

    Inspirefest 2015

    Evelyn O’Rourke talked to the team behind Inspirefest 2015, a 3-day festival of lectures and events this week that explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and their relationship with design and the arts

    IMPAC shortlist - 'Burial Rites' by Hannah Kent

    Kay Sheehy with the tenth (and final) review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent, based around the story of Agnes Magnusdottir who was the last woman to be executed in Iceland (published by Little Brown)

    Laura Linney

    Laura Linney talks about her latest film playing housekeeper Mrs Munro in “Mr Holmes”, “The Big C” on television, how she prepares for a role and combining screen work with theatre

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