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Thursday 25th May

Preview: new season of House of Cards

Mary McGill previews the new season of House of Cards, which returns to Netflix next week

Review: 'When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife' by Meena Kandasamy

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife' by Meena Kandasamy (published by Atlantic Books)

Essay: children and ice-cream wafers

Sonya Kelly with an essay about a young boy and girl making a decision about what kind of ice-cream wafers they preferred

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Hilary White review 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge', 'Baywatch' and 'The Red Turtle'

Wednesday 24th May

'Sympathy' by Olivia Sudjic

Olivia Sudjic chats about her latest novel 'Sympathy' (published by One)

'Angel Hill' by Michael Longley

Michael Longley talks about his latest collection 'Angel Hill' (published by Cape Poetry)

Fastnet Film Festival 2017

Maurice Seezer and Gwenda Young who are both programming works in the Fastnet Film Festival in Cork which opens tonight

Tuesday 23rd May

Khumariyaan in session

Khumariyaan talk about their roots in Pakistan and taking their traditional music in a new direction

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist – 'A Strangeness In My Mind' by Orhan Pamuk

Kay Sheehy with her fifth review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'A Strangeness In My Mind' by Orhan Pamuk (published by Faber)

'Ithaca' by Alan McMonagle

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

'Paula', a BBC series written by Conor McPherson

Denise Gough talks about playing the lead role in 'Paula', a new 3-part BBC thriller written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson

'The Clancy Kid & Bait' by Reality Check Productions

Stephen O'Leary performs an extract from 'The Clancy Kid & Bait', a play adapted by Reality Check Productions and based on the Colin Barrett short story collection 'Young Skins'

Arts News - Roger Moore RIP

Michael Doherty remembers the screen career of Roger Moore, whose death was announced today

Monday 22nd May

Review: 'The Hopkins Conundrum' by Simon Edge

Darryl Jones reviews 'The Hopkins Conundrum', the debut novel by Simon Edge (published by Lightning Books)

Loves: 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Choreographer Philip Connaughton explains why he Loves the short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman

'The Morning After The Life Before' by Ann Blake

Ann Blake explains how the outcome of the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015 inspired her one-woman show 'The Morning After The Life Before'

'Married Quarters' by Shane Connaughton

Shane Connaughton talks about his current novel 'Married Quarters' (published by Penguin Ireland)

Friday 19th May

Album reviews

John Casey and Róisín Dwyer review 'Shake the Shudder' from !!!, 'After Laughter' from Paramore and 'World Be Gone' from Erasure

Essay: being writer-in-residence at Farmleigh House

Lia Mills with an essay about the people she met last year during her tenure as writer-in-residence at the Farmleigh Estate

'Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings', an exhibition by Paul Winstanley

British artist Paul Winstanley explains the meaning behind his latest exhibition at the Kerlin Gallery - 'Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings'

Review: 'When Light Is Like Water' by Molly McCloskey

Áine Ní Ghlinn reviews 'When Light Is Like Water' by Molly McCloskey (published by Penguin)

Thursday 18th May

'Charlie's A Clepto', the debut play by Clare Monnelly

Clare Monnelly talks about her debut play 'Charlie’s A Clepto' about a young mother who’s a kleptomaniac but is trying to go straight

Review: 'The Iron Age' by Arja Kajermo

Sorcha Kenny reviews 'The Iron Age' by Arja Kajermo, set in Finland after the end of World War II about a young girl and her poverty-stricken family (published by Tramp Press)

Essay: Sinead from Clonakilty

Sonya Kelly with an essay about meeting a girl called Sinead from Clonakilty but now living in New Zealand

Film reviews

Diane Negra and Chris Wasser review 'King Arthur:Legend of the Sword' and 'Snatched'

Arts News - David Arnold remembers Chris Cornell RIP

Composer David Arnold remembers Chris Cornell, lead singer with grunge rock group Soundgarden, whose sudden death was announced today

Wednesday 17th May

'Vicious Circle' by CJ Box

CJ Box talks about his latest novel 'Vicious Circle' (published by Head of Zeus)

'An Evening With An Immigrant' by Inua Ellams at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Poet/playwright/performer Inua Ellams explains what people can expect from his show 'An Evening With An Immigrant' at the International Literature Festival Dublin

'In The Light of Eva's Shadow', a Drama on One play by Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny talks about her new play 'In The Light of Eva's Shadow', the story of the relationship between Hitler's girlfriend Eva Braun and her sister Gretl

Arts News - a new director and new season at the Gate Theatre

Selina Cartmell, incoming director of the Gate Theatre which has just announced the programme for its 2017/2018 season

Tuesday 16th May

A history of record labels - Rough Trade

Jim Carroll with the next instalment in his occasional series on the history of record labels – this week, independent label Rough Trade

Review: 'Animation: The Global History' by Maureen Furniss

Dan Nosella reviews 'Animation: The Global History' by Maureen Furniss (published by Thames & Hudson)

'Alphabet Of An Age/Aibítir Aoise' by Celia de Fréine

Poet Celia de Fréine reads 'Alphabet Of An Age/Aibítir Aoise' from her collection of the same name (published by Arlen House)

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

Kay Sheehy with her fourth review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara (published by Picador)

'Concert' at the Dublin Dance Festival - Colin Dunne dances the music of Tommy Potts

Colin Dunne chats about ‘dancing’ the music of Tommy Potts album ‘The Liffey Banks’ in his new show 'Concert' as part of the Dublin Dance Festival

Monday 15th May

'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur talks about her latest collection 'Milk and Honey', exploring issues of rape, domestic abuse, attitudes to menstruation and love

40th anniversary of the original Star Wars film

Harvey O’Brien marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Star Wars', the 1977 original and the first in an ongoing series

Review: 'Harry Styles', the debut solo album by Harry Styles

Rachel Breslin reviews 'Harry Styles', the self-titled debut solo album by Harry Styles

'The Therapy House' by Julie Parsons

Julie Parsons talks about her latest novel 'The Therapy House' (published by New Island)

Friday 12th May

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and John Meagher review 'A Kind of Revolution' from Paul Weller, 'Rosewood Almanac' from Will Stratton and 'Boros Misi Live' from 13-year old child prodigy Boros Misi

Review: 'Neverthless', a memoir by Alec Baldwin

Susanne Colleary reviews 'Neverthless', a memoir by Alec Baldwin (published by Harper)

The New Irish Playbook at Smock Alley

Joe O’Neill, founder of Little Shadow Theatre and director Rachel Bergin explain the idea behind The New Irish Playbook at Smock Alley

Thursday 11th May

Review: 'The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats' as taught by Allen Ginsberg

Dave Lordan reviews 'The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats' as taught by Allen Ginsberg

Stephen Rea reads Seamus Heaney's 'Aeneid: Book VI' at the Abbey Theatre

Stephen Rea who, with cellist Neil Martin, will perform Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid at the Abbey Theatre in aid of Youth Horizons in Jobstown

Film reviews

Sarah Griffin and Gavin Burke review 'Alien: Covenant' and 'Miss Sloane'

Wednesday 10th May

Review: 'Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars' by David Hepworth

Róisín Dwyer reviews 'Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars' by David Hepworth (published by Bantam Press)

A history of the Alien films

Chris Wasser takes a look at the history of the Alien films

'I Love Dick', from novel to television series

Sorcha Kenny looks at the 1997 Chris Kraus novel 'I Love Dick' that has now been adapted by Amazon Prime for television

Tuesday 9th May

'The Insomnia Poems', the latest collection from Grace Nichols

Guyanese poet Grace Nichols talks about her latest collection 'The Insomnia Poems' (published by Bloodaxe Books)

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Under The Udala Trees' by Chinelo Okparanta

Kay Sheehy with her third review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Under The Udala Trees' by Chinelo Okparanta (published by Mariner)

Mary Nunan, dancer in residence at Bealtaine 2017

Mary Nunan, dancer in residence at this year’s Bealtaine Festival

'Miss Sloane' director John Madden

British director John Madden talks about his latest film 'Miss Sloane', a political thriller set in the world of Washington lobbyists

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