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    Tuesday 3rd March

    Patti Smith

    Donal Dineen joined Sean to talk about Patti Smith ahead of her Dublin show this summer. She will be performing ‘Horses’ at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 1st 2015, 40 years after the album was first released.

    Mathieu Amalric

    Rachel Breslin went to Cork to find out about the 26th Cork French Film Festival and to attend a masterclass run by French actor and director Mathieu Amalric.

    Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa

    Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork is celebrating the 25th Birthday of their music course. Evelyn O’ Rourke spoke to some of the students, graduates and teachers involved in the course over the years.

    The Metamorphosis

    Daragh Downes joined Sean in studio to talk about Frank Kafka’s short ‘The Metamorphosis’ which was published 100 years ago. It tells the story of a man who wakes up one day to find that he has been transformed into a beetle.

    The Pillowman

    Sophie Gorman reviews ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh which had its Irish Premier at Dublin’s Gaiety theatre last night. It stars Peter Campion and David McSavage and is a dark, gruesome play about stories and storytelling.

    Monday 2nd March

    Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti

    In 1975, Led Zeppelin released their sixth studio album, a double album called ‘Physical Graffiti.’ 40 years on, and the band has re-released it and John Meagher has been listening to this re-mastered version.

    Essay: Joe Griffin

    Season three of American political drama ‘House of Cards’ started on Netflix last Friday. Joe Griffin has been watching the progress of President Frank Underwood and it has prompted him to reflect on the nature of political power.

    Villagers

    Conor O'Brien from Villagers is live in studio. Darling Arithmetic is their third album, to be released on 13th April next.

    A Shadow in the Yard

    Best known for a political career and as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Liz McManus is also an accomplished writer. Her second novel is set against the backdrop of the Troubles and Arlene Hunt has been reading it...

    Julianne Moore

    The feature film Still Alice sees Julianne Moore play Alice Howland - a respected professor of linguistics whose world changes fundamentally when she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. She talks to Sean Rocks

    Friday 27th February

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Alan Corr review “Chasing Yesterday” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Shedding Skin” by Ghostpoet and “Brave” by The Shires

    Wexford Festival Opera 2015

    David Agler, artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera previews what’s on the programme for this year’s festival

    'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his latest novel “The Buried Giant”, a fable (set in post-Roman Britain after the death of King Arthur) about a couple on a journey to find their long-lost son (published by Faber & Faber)

    Leonard Nimoy RIP

    Joe Griffin looks at the career of actor and director Leonard Nimoy, who died today

    Thursday 26th February

    Gloria choir performing at 'Queen Classical'

    Evelyn O’Rourke chatted to members of the Gloria choir at rehearsals for the show “Queen Classical” at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Film reviews

    Gavin Burke and Sarah Griffin review “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Focus” and “The Boy Next Door”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - both Ed Sheeran concerts at Croke Park already sold-out, the tree featured on the U2 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalised, not many surprises at last night's Brit Awards apart from Madonna falling-over

    Wednesday 25th February

    Essay: library rules

    Daniel Seery with an essay about his relationship with libraries

    Stephen Kijak, film-maker

    Film-maker Stephen Kijak talks about his latest documentary “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”, a frank portrait of the American pop group The Backstreet Boys as they attempt to re-start their musical career

    Theatre review: “Sea Wall” at the Project Arts Centre

    Sophie Gorman reviews Andrew Scott in the one-man show “Sea Wall”, written by Simon Stephens and currently running at the Project Arts Centre

    Hennessy New Irish Writer 2015

    Sara Baume who has just been announced as the winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writer prize and the Emerging Fiction Writer for her short story “Dancing Or Beginning To Dance”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Ed Sheeran will play a second date in Croke Park in July, full line-up announced today of events at this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Sky have commissioned a second series of '50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy'

    Tuesday 24th February

    Political drama on television

    Abie Philbin Bowman looks at some of the best political dramas on television

    Martin Dyar, poet

    Martin Dyar reads his poem “The Group Scheme” from his first collection “Maiden Names” (published by Arlen House)

    'Suor Angelica' opera at the Peacock

    Evelyn O’Rourke was at final rehearsals for the Lir Academy/Royal Irish Academy of Music co-production of the Puccini opera “Suor Angelica” at the Peacock

    Wild Screen 2015

    Louise Manifold and Katherine Waugh explain the concept behind the artistic/film-making initiative ‘Wild Screen’, a weekend of art films which have been inspired by the Connemara/west of Ireland landscape

    Book review: 'Girl In A Band' by Kim Gordon

    Tony Clayton Lea reviews “Girl In A Band”, a memoir by Kim Gordon of the American rock band Sonic Youth (published by Harper Collins)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - line-up for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announced, an independent award for Irish film 'Spiders Trap', BBC begins filming on new tv dramatisation of 'War and Peace'

    Monday 23rd February

    Book review: 'A Spool Of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler

    Louisa Cameron reviews “A Spool Of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler, an American novel spanning five generations of the Whitshank family (published by Chatto & Windus)

    'I've Always Kept A Unicorn' by Mick Houghton

    Mick Houghton, author of “I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn”, the biography of British folk singer/songwriter Sandy Denny (published by Faber & Faber)

    Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015

    Sinead Cusack and Stephen Rea talk about the awards they received at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and Sophie Gorman with a report on events at last night's ceremony

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the poet Pablo Neruda to be re-buried in Chile, a panel of UK judges have chosen the best books of the past 20 years

    Friday 20th February

    Album reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Brian Lloyd review “Smoke + Mirrors” by Imagine Dragons, “The Race For Space” by Public Service Broadcasting and “Mono” by The Mavericks

    Commemorating World War I in song

    Simon Morgan, one of the singers who’ll be performing at the concert ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning – Songs of the First World War’ at the National Concert Hall next Monday

    Essay: re-making classic films

    Joe Griffin with an essay contemplating who might play the lead in the remake of the film “Indiana Jones”

    'Love On The Road 2015'

    Sam Tranum and Lois Kapila, editors of a collection of twelve short stories on the themes of love and travel - “Love On The Road 2015” (published by Liberties Press)

    Thursday 19th February

    Martina Evans, poet

    Martina Evans read her poem 'The Prompt', from her latest collection 'Burnfort, Las Vegas' (published by Anvil Press)

    'Run/Don't Run' by Gary Duggan

    Gary Duggan explains the story behind his latest play “Run/Don’t Run”, set in an apartment in Spanish Harlem, New York in a blazing summer of 1999

    Film reviews

    Diane Negra and Rob Doyle review “Cake”, “Blackhat” and “The Duke of Burgundy”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Blur announce their first album in 12 years, the Great Yeats Birthday Party planned for Sligo in June, Julie Andrews will be guest of honour at this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

    Wednesday 18th February

    2015 Academy Awards

    Joe Griffin previews the contenders in the running for this year's Academy Awards

    Essay: censorship and freedom

    Lia Mills with an essay reflecting on censorship, creativity and freedom prompted by recently seeing the Iranian film 'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

    Book review: 'Touch' by Claire North

    Rick O’Shea reviews “Touch” by Claire North, a science fiction novel set in Istanbul about a character called Kepler who survives by inhabiting other people’s bodies (published by Orbit Books)

    Stomp at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke chatted to the cast of Stomp as they prepare for their opening night at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Theatre review: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Abbey

    Sophie Gorman reviews the current production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Abbey Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - a play being written about last year's cancelled Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park, music journalist from Canada disgruntled not to find U2 more celebrated in Dublin city, Variety reveal the contents of the consolation goodie bags for nominees who don't win an Oscar this weekend

    Tuesday 17th February

    Stevie McDermott and 'Wordplay'

    Self-described anti-poet Stevie McDermott explains his stage debut ‘Wordplay: A Show About the Fallacy of Language’, part of Smock Alley’s ‘Collaborations Festival of Ideas'

    Making music video for 'Sledgehammer' by Peter Gabriel

    Peter Lord of Aardman Animation Studios explains how they made the music video for “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel in 1987

    'Women Fashion Power' exhibition

    Ronan Kelly reports on the “Women Fashion Power” exhibition currently running at the London Design Museum

    Essay: video game 'Far Cry 4'

    Joe Griffin with an essay about the video game “Far Cry 4” which makes a virtue of killing furry animals

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