Monday 24th April

'The Sacrificial Wind', a play by Lorna Shaughnessy at Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2017

Poet/writer Lorna Shaughnessy talks about the Greek myth which inspired her first play 'The Sacrificial Wind', playing at Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Winner of ESB Feis Ceoil 2017

Miriam Kaczor, flautist and winner of the McCullough Cup & RTÉ lyric fm bursary at this year’s ESB Feis Ceoil

'Reservoir 13' by Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor talks about his latest novel 'Reservoir 13' (published by Fourth Estate)

'The Promise', a film by Terry George

Northern Irish film director Terry George talks about his latest film 'The Promise', a historical drama set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the genocide in Armenia

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Aosdána react to changes to the awarding of Arts Council grants, guests at upcoming Dalkey Book Festival revealed, Shay Healy slams the person who stole his Eurovision winning trophy

Friday 21st April

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and John Casey review 'Damn' from Kendrick Lamar, 'The Last Rider' from Ron Sexsmith and 'This Is My Town: Songs of New York' from Barry Manilow

'Rise', the new collection by Elaine Feeney

Elaine Feeney chats about her latest collection 'Rise' (published by Salmon)

'Hamlet: Globe to Globe' by Dominic Dromgoole

British theatre director Dominic Dromgoole chats about his book 'Hamlet: Globe To Globe' (published by Canongate)

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - Minister Heather Humphreys announces significant funding for Irish arts worldwide, shortlist announced for the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction in translation, Bill Murray to release a classical music album

Thursday 20th April

'An Cailín Ar Glaoch Amach Éirí /The Girl Who Was Called Out' by Mícheál Ó Ruairc

Mícheál Ó Ruairc reads 'An Cailín Ar Glaoch Amach Éirí /The Girl Who Was Called Out' from his poetry collection 'Dambatheanga/ Damlanguage' (published by Arlen House)

Winner of RDS Music Bursary 2017

Soprano Sarah Brady, winner of the RDS Music Bursary award for 2017 and John O’Kane, RTÉ Music & Arts Strategy Executive and chair of this year’s judging panel

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Justin MacGregor review 'Rules Don't Apply', 'Their Finest' and 'Handsome Devil'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Ed Sheeran makes Time magazines 'most influential people' list, Bruce Springsteen blasts President Trump in song, streaming services help boost record-breaking royalties to songwriters

Wednesday 19th April

Preview: 'Girlboss' on Netflix

Sorcha Kenny previews the new Netflix comedy series 'Girlboss' about a young online fashion entrepreneur living in San Francisco

'1.20' by Robert Herbert McClean

Writer/audio visual artist Robert Herbert McClean reads '1.20' from his poetry collection 'Pangs!' (published by Test Centre)

'The Flood', a multi-sensory play in the dark devised by Ciarán Taylor

Ciarán Taylor, artistic director of Carpet Theatre explains 'The Flood', the multi-sensory play in the dark from Carpet Theatre which he developed to allow those with sensory disabilities to enjoy theatre

'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising' by Pádraic Ó Conaire, translated by Diarmuid de Faoite

Diarmuid de Faoite reads an extract from 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising', his translation of stories of the Easter Rising by Pádraic Ó Conaire (published by Arlen House)

'The Blood Miracles' by Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney chats about her latest novel 'The Blood Miracles', set in the Cork underworld of drug dealers (published by John Murray)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards for the first time in June, Aslan lead tribute to Belfast musician Pat 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick, surprise EP by Prince to be released this week

Tuesday 18th April

Review: 'Art Record Covers' by Francesco Spampinato

Jim Carroll reviews the book 'Art Record Covers' by Francesco Spampinato, which explores the most iconic record covers of all time (published by Taschen)

A profile of artist Richard Long

Sara Baume profiles the artist Richard Long, whose work 'A Line Made By Walking' inspired the title of her latest novel

'Canon' by Paddy Bushe

Paddy Bushe reads 'Canon' from his latest collection of poetry 'On A Turning Wing' (published by Dedalus Press)

40th anniversary of 'Annie Hall'

Diane Negra, professor of film studies in UCD marks the 40th anniversary of the Woody Allen film 'Annie Hall'

'Skintown' by Ciaran McMenamin

Ciaran McMenamin chats about his debut novel 'Skintown', set in the 1990’s  rave culture of Northern Ireland (published by Penguin Ireland)

Friday 14th April

A history of Island Records

In the first of an occasional series on the history of record labels, Jim Carroll charts the history of Island Records

'To Air The Soul, Throw All The Windows Wide: New & Selected Poems' by Mary Dorcey

Mary Dorcey chats about her latest collection 'To Air The Soul, Throw All The Windows Wide: New & Selected Poems' (published by Salmon Poetry)

'An Sanasán Uisce/The Water Glossary' by Carol Anne Connolly

Carol Anne Connolly explains why she wanted to compile the dictionary 'An Sanasán Uisce/The Water Glossary', to show how the various Irish terms for water indicate the lyricism of our language

'Art & Religion in the 21st Century' by Aaron Rosen

Aaron Rosen, author of 'Art & Religion in the 21st Century', a book exploring how the worlds of faith and art collide in today's world (published by Thames & Hudson)

Thursday 13th April

Preview of Cruinniú na Cásca

Sorcha Kenny and Abie Philbin Bowman previews events around the country on Easter Monday for Cruinniú na Cásca

Loves: the work of Cuban photographer Ramsés Batista

Photographer Lynn Feeney explains why she Loves the work of Cuban photographer Ramsés Batista

Review: 'The Thirst' by Jo Nesbo

Declan Burke reviews 'The Thirst' by Jo Nesbo (published by Harvill Secker)

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Paul Whitington review 'Fast & Furious 8', 'The Sense Of An Ending' and 'The Handmaiden'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Russia won't broadcast Eurovision in row over singer from Ukraine, Netflix movies to premiere at Cannes Film Festival, Ed Sheeran battles on despite feeling unwell this week

Wednesday 12th April

'Monster?', a play by Emily Gillmor Murphy at the Theatre Upstairs

Emily Gillmor Murphy talks about her play 'Monster?', inspired by the idea that women who decide they don't want children are seen as odd

'What Good is Looking Well When You're Rotten On The Inside?' by Emma O'Grady at the Galway Theatre Festival

'What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten On The Inside?', a 1-woman show by Emma O'Grady based on reflections of her grandfather Paddy O’Grady

'The Nix' by Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill talks about his latest novel 'The Nix' (published by Picador)

'Project Cleansweep', an exhibition by photographer Dara McGrath

Dara McGrath talks about his exhibition Project Cleansweep at the Roscommon Arts Centre

Submissions to Novel Fair 2018 at Irish Writer's Centre

Martina Devlin who is one of the judges for submissions to the Irish Writers Centre for their 2018 Novel Fair, which gives aspiring novelists an opportunity to pitch their book ideas, to agents and publishers

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Ed Sheeran in Ireland for sell-out gigs and to co-present on RTÉ 2fm, Edna O'Brien wins the Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award for her novel 'The Little Red Chairs', U2 to appear on new Kendrick Lamar album

Tuesday 11th April

20th anniversary of 'Homework', the debut album from Daft Punk

Jim Carroll marks the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Homework', the debut album by Daft Punk

Essay: the importance of photographs

Tanya Farrelly with an essay about how photographs from our past are a precious record of our lives

Review: 'Inside The Wave' by Helen Dunmore

Jessica Traynor reviews 'Inside The Wave', the latest collection of poetry from Helen Dunmore (published by Bloodaxe Books)

'Her Every Fear' by Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson reads an extract from his latest novel 'Her Every Fear' (published by Faber & Faber)

Shortlist for 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

Kay Sheehy with a guide to the 10 novels on the shortlist for this year's International Dublin Literary Award

Monday 10th April

Celebrating silence in music at Trinity College

Adrian Tien, Centre for Asian Studies in Trinity College explains their Creative Challenge project 'The Music of Silence

Review: 'Horace Winter Says Goodbye' by Conor Bowman

Arlene Hunt reviews 'Horace Winter Says Goodbye' by Conor Bowman (published by Hachette)

'As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics', an exhibition at IMMA

Sam Thorne, co-curator of 'As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics' at IMMA, looking at the role various forms of spirituality/religious belief have played in visual art

'Ithaca' by Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle reads an extract from his debut novel 'Ithaca' (published by Picador)

'Levin & Levin' by Aideen Wylde at the Everyman Theatre

Aideen Wylde talks about her play 'Levin & Levin', about two girls who escape the Russian pogroms of the early 1900's and become vaudeville stars as male impersonators

Friday 7th April

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and James Byrne review “Life. Love. Flesh. Blood” from Imelda May, “The Far Field” from Future Islands and “Pure Comedy” from Father John Misty

A profile of Pablo Neruda

Jessica Traynor with a profile of Chilean poet, Communist and Nobel laureate  Pablo Neruda

Review: 'Who I Am', a memoir by Charlotte Rampling with Christophe Bataille

Ruth Barton reviews 'Who I Am', a memoir of her childhood by actress Charlotte Rampling in conversation with Christophe Bataille, translated by William Hobson (published by Icon Books)

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