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Tuesday 21st March

'The Deep Heart's Core', an anthology edited by Pat Boran and Eugene O'Connell

Pat Boran, co-editor of  the anthology “The Deep Heart’s Core”, for which 100 Irish poets were asked to re-visit a poem that is important to them (published by Dedalus Press)

'The Curse Of The Button Accordian' by Sharon Mannion

Actress/comedian Sharon Mannion chats about her 1-woman show 'The Curse Of The Button Accordian', a semi-autobiographical tale of a young girl from Roscommon plagued by anxiety and a musical instrument named Frank

'No More, No Less' by John Cummins

Performance poet John Cummins reads 'No More, No Less' in memory of his father

Round-up of the latest crime fiction

Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction – “Good Me, Bad Me” by Ali Land, “Lady Cop Makes Trouble” by Amy Stewart, “Her Husband’s Lover” by Julia Crouch, “Police At The Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty, “The Book of Mirrors” by E.O. Chirovici

'Free Fire', directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Cillian Murphy

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to director Ben Wheatley and actor Cillian Murphy about their new film 'Free Fire'

Monday 20th March

Review: 'Manga Hokusai Manga' at the Trinity Long Room Hub

Dave Hendrick reviews “Manga Hokusai Manga”, an exhibition of Japanese manga drawings at Trinity College

Derek Walcott RIP

Remembering the Caribbean poet Derek Walcott who died recently. He reads his poem 'Volcano'

Review: 'A Natural' by Ross Raisin

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'A Natural' by Ross Raisin (published by Jonathan Cape)

'A Line Made By Walking' by Sara Baume

Sara Baume talks about her latest novel 'A Line Made By Walking' (published by Tramp Press)

Friday 17th March

20th anniversary of 'Baduizm' by Erykah Badu

Jim Carroll marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Baduizm”, the debut album from Erykah Badu

'Portobello Sonnets' by Harry Clifton

Harry Clifton chats about the area of south Dublin that inspired his latest collection of poetry “Portobello Sonnets” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

'Who's Afraid Of Contemporary Art?' by Jessica Cerasi and Kyung An

Jessica Cerasi, co-author of 'Who's Afraid Of Contemporary Art?', an A-Z guide to the world of contemporary art (published by Thames & Hudson)

Review: 'A Gentleman In Moscow' by Amor Towles

Dylan Tighe reviews 'A Gentleman In Moscow' by Amor Towles (published by Hutchinson)

Thursday 16th March

'The Brendan Voyage' with Mark Redmond and the National Symphony Orchestra

Uilleann piper Mark Redmond who will be performing 'The Brendan Voyage' by Shaun Davey with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall for their St Patrick's Day Celebration concert

'Mallacht/Curse' by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads 'Mallacht/Curse' from her latest collection 'Oighear' (published by Coiscéim)

'The Patriots' by Sana Krasikov

Sana Krasikov “The Patriots” (published by Penguin Random House)

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Hilary White review 'Beauty & The Beast', 'Personal Shopper' and 'The Salesman'

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish writer Ruth Dudley Edwards longlisted for Orwell Prize for 'outstanding political writing', Ed Sheeran announced as one of the headliners for Glastonbury 2017, Disney refuses to cut gay scene from Beauty & The Beast

Wednesday 15th March

Review: 'Stranger, Baby', a collection by Emily Berry

Jessica Traynor reviews 'Stranger, Baby', a collection of poetry by Emily Berry, which addresses loss and the death of the 13-year old Berry's mother (published by Faber & Faber)

Creating a score for a classic Japanese silent film

Matthew Nolan chats about creating a new score for 'A Page of Madness', a classic Japanese silent film

Review: 'George Bush and Children' by Dick Walsh and Pan Pan Theatre

Susanne Colleary reviews 'George Bush and Children' at the Project Arts Centre, written and directed by Dick Walsh and Gavin Quinn for Pan Pan Theatre

'The Secret Scripture', starring Eric Bana

Eric Bana talks about his role as Dr William Grene in the upcoming Jim Sheridan film 'The Secret Scripture'

Tuesday 14th March

Review:'The Hearts Invisible Furies' by John Boyne

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'The Hearts Invisible Furies' by John Boyne (published by Doubleday)

'Insect' by Maurice Harmon

Maurice Harmon reads 'Insect' from his latest collection of poetry 'Hoops of Holiness' (published by Salmon Poetry)

'The End of Eddy' by Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis reads an excerpt from his novel 'The End of Eddy' (published by Penguin Random House)

'Acis & Galatea', directed by Tom Creed for Opera Theatre Company

Tom Creed talks about directing the Opera Theatre Company production of Handel’s love story “Acis & Galatea”, going on nationwide tour at the end of the month

'Ithaca' by Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle talks about his debut novel 'Ithaca' (published by Picador)

Beckett Friel Pinter Festival at the Gate Theatre

Mark O'Rowe who is directing 'Afterplay' by Brian Friel as part of the Beckett Friel Pinter festival at the Gate Theatre

Monday 13th March

'The Coroner's Daughter' by Andrew Hughes

Andrew Hughes reads an extract from his novel “The Coroner’s Daughter” (published by Doubleday Ireland)

'Oighear', a new collection from Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Bi-lingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa explains the concepts that inspired her new collection “Oighear” (published by Coiscéim)

'Lincoln In The Bardo' by George Saunders

George Saunders, author of “Lincoln In The Bardo” (published by Bloomsbury)

'I Hear You And Rejoice', written and performed by Mikel Murfi

Actor/writer/director Mikel Murfi chats about his new one-man show 'I Hear You And Rejoice', a sequel to the story of cobbler Pat Farnon and his new wife Kitsy from 'The Man In The Woman's Shoes'

Friday 10th March

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and John Meagher review “Heartworms” from The Shins, “Semper Femina” from Laura Marling and “Yours Conditionally” from Tennis

'Dave At Large', a play by Brian McAvera

Brian McAvera chats about his play “Dave At Large”, celebrating the work of the controversial and ground-breaking Irish comedian Dave Allen

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Ed Sheeran makes Irish music chart history, new members appointed to Irish Film Board, Ireland's entry for Eurovision 2017 revealed

Thursday 9th March

'Once Upon A Time In The East' by Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo chats about her memoir “Once Upon A Time In The East” (published by Chatto & Windus)

Kevin Francis Gray, sculptor and The Home of St Patrick Festival

Figurative sculptor Kevin Francis Gray who is exhibiting at the Market Place Gallery in Armagh as part of 'The Home of St Patrick Festival'

'Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation' for St Patrick's Festival Weekend

Aoife Woodlock and spoken word performers Felispeaks and John Cummins explain what audiences can expect at 'Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation'

Film reviews

Sarah Griffin and Justin MacGregor review 'Kong: Skull Island' and 'Elle'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Choice Music Prize winners announced later tonight, U2 reveal details of their 30th anniversary re-issue of The Joshua Tree

Wednesday 8th March

International Women's Day 2017

Sorcha Kenny reports on ‘A Celebration of the Arts’ event at the National Concert Hall, discussing women in the arts to mark International Women’s Day

King Kong on screen

Chris Wasser with a history of King Kong on screen

'Orange Blossom Days' by Patricia Scanlan

Patricia Scanlan chats about her latest novel 'Orange Blossom Days' (published by Simon & Schuster)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - nominations for IFTA's announced today, Eimear McBride shortlisted for major UK literary prize, international movie database creates specific category for female-related films

Tuesday 7th March

'Jack', a play by Declan Hassett

Declan Hassett talks about his play “Jack”, the life story of Cork man, GAA superstar and former Taoiseach Jack Lynch

'Peripheral Visions: John T Davis, A Retrospective' at the IFI

Northern Irish film-maker/musician John T Davis who is the subject of a film retrospective at the IFI

Essay: the drama of rugby

Lia Mills with an essay about why she loves the drama and spectacle of rugby

'4321' by Paul Auster

Paul Auster talks about his latest novel '4321', chronicling the four parallel lives of a boy called Archie born in New Jersey in 1947 (published by Faber)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - official confirmation that George Michael died of natural causes, Dublin crime film wins awards in the UK, major A-listers in talks to work on new film 'Pentagon Papers'

Monday 6th March

Review: 'Contemporary Editions' at Gormley's Fine Art Dublin

Declan Long reviews 'Contemporary Editions' at Gormley's Fine Art Dublin, an exhibition of prints by pop artists

'Educating Rita', directed by Emma Jordan

Emma Jordan who is directing the stage play of Willy Russell's 'Educating Rita' which is now set in Belfast in the 1980's

Review: 'The Book of Mirrors' by E.O. Chirovici

Arlene Hunt reviews 'The Book of Mirrors', the first English-language crime thriller by E.O. Dhirovici (published by Century)

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