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    Wednesday 26th November

    Classic Vinyl Sunday

    Mark Whelan, one of the organisers of Classic Vinyl Sunday, a new monthly get-together where lovers of vinyl can hear classic albums played on the best sound systems available

    Book review: 'It's Too Late To Die Young Now' by Andrew Mueller

    Róisin Dwyer reviews “It’s Too Late To Die Young Now: Misadventures In Rock 'n' Roll” by Andrew Mueller charting his career in music journalism (published by Picador)

    'Follow' at the Peacock

    Shane O’Reilly talks about his one-man show “Follow” by WillFred Theatre which explores the relationship between the deaf and hearing communities. It is currently on the Peacock stage at the Abbey

    'Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson' edited by Darryl Jones

    Darryl Jones, editor of “Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson” (published by Oxford University Press)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the death announced of Irish author Anita Notaro, the winners of the various categories in the Irish Book Awards to be announced later this evening, last night Ronan Keating made his West End debut in 'Once'

    Tuesday 25th November

    Documentary film 'Hockney'

    Declan Long reviews a new documentary about the life and work of artist David Hockney – “Hockney”, directed by Randall Wright

    Peter Doran, singer/songwriter

    Chat with Peter Doran about his influences and his new album “Outlines”

    Theatre review: 'Defender Of The Faith'

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Defender Of The Faith” by Decadent Theatre Company, the first play by Stuart Carolan and currently running at the Project Arts Centre

    Book review: 'Funny Girl' by Nick Hornby

    Rick O’Shea reviews “Funny Girl” , the new novel by Nick Hornby about a sitcom star in England in the 1960’s (published by Viking)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - to mark his 80th birthday a portrait of playwright/author Thomas Kilroy has been unveiled in the Abbey Theatre, the Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz sold for $3m, Robert Plant shops in Freebird Records in Dublin city centre

    Monday 24th November

    'West End Women' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to Kerry Ellis, Joanna Ampil and Ria Jones the three stars of the musical tribute show “West End Women” currently running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Essay: the Christmas season

    Kevin Gildea with an essay about how the Christmas season seems to start earlier each year

    Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silver Screen' by Ruth Barton

    Ruth Barton talks about her book “Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silver Screen” (published by University Press of Kentucky)

    Joni Mitchell profile

    Tony Clayton Lea profiles the career of Joni Mitchell as a new box set of her work is released – “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet Waiting to be Danced”

    'Beautiful Dreamers' in Limerick

    Tom Swift, writer of the site-specific interactive play “Beautiful Dreamers” which is described as ‘a conversation with the city of Limerick’

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - longlist announced for Dublin IMPAC literary prize for 2015, Eimear McBride wins the Geoffrey Faber prize for 'A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing', Amy Adams set to play Janis Joplin in a forthcoming biopic

    Friday 21st November

    'Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers on Art'

    56 Irish writers looked to works in the National Gallery to inspire their pieces for the book 'Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers On Art'. Tonight four of those writers - Donal Ryan, John Boyne, Kevin Ryan and Alex Barclay - explain their choices of inspiration

    Thursday 20th November

    Album reviews

    Eoin Butler and Edel Coffey review “The Long Way” by The Coronas, “The London Sessions” by Mary J Blige and “Four” by One Direction

    'Moriarty' by Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz explains why he chose to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes in his latest novel “Moriarty” (published by Orion)

    Film reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Stephen Boyd mark the death of director Mike Nichols and review “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”, “The Homesman” and “Get On Up”

    Arts News

    with Lorcan Clancy - film director Mike Nichols dies suddenly, cinema chain in Bangkok cancels screenings of the new 'The Hunger Games' film, the woman who discovered Lady Gaga wins millions in court

    Wednesday 19th November

    'Down & Out In Paris and London', adapted by Phelim Drew

    Phelim Drew talks about his one-man show, an adaptation for the stage of the George Orwell novel 'Down & Out In Paris and London”

    Julian Rachlin, violinist

    Lithuanian musician Julian Rachlin talks about his career as violinist and conductor ahead of his forthcoming performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

    Essay: the career of Eminem

    Joe Griffin with an essay about the ever-changing career and public image of rapper Eminem

    Theatre review: 'Wuthering Heights'

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Wuthering Heights” at the Gate Theatre

    Book review: John Cleese autobiography

    Rick O’Shea reviews “So Anyway..The Autobiography” by John Cleese (published by Random House)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Bono endures 5 hours in surgery after cycling accident in New York, all 5 seasons of Love/Hate sold to Netflix, UK indie band Ride confirm reunion and hint at a new album and tour

    Tuesday 18th November

    A Lazarus Soul

    Music and chat with Dublin band A Lazarus Soul

    'Wuthering Heights' at the Gate Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke talks to the cast and director during rehearsals for “Wuthering Heights” at the Gate Theatre

    Irish authors shortlisted for Costa Book Awards

    Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards - Mary Costello for Best First Novel for “Academy Street” and Colm Tóibín for Best Novel for “Nora Webster”

    'Anyush' by Martine Madden

    Martine Madden talks about her novel “Anyush”, a love story set against the backrop of the 1915 Turkish genocide in Armenia (published by Brandon)

    Theatre review: 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

    Sophie Gorman reviews the comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Jonathan Frantzen's next novel 'Purity' will be published in 2015, Irish poet and publisher Michael Smith dies, The Simpsons co-creator Sam Smith saves gay Irish bull Benji from the butchers block

    Monday 17th November

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan, film director

    Tony Tracey profiles Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his film “Winter Sleep”

    Dublin Slam Poetry Champion

    Clara Rose Thornton, the Dublin Slam Poetry Champion for 2014

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Ed Guiney and Element Pictures win prestigious award, biopic of Laurel & Hardy in the pipeline, Robyn G Shiels wins Northern Irish music prize

    Thursday 13th November

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Alan Corr review “Avonmore” by Bryan Ferry, “Pom Pom” by Ariel Pink and “Different Every Time” by Robert Wyatt

    Irish design project 'Second Skin'

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to the curator and two of the designers about the “Second Skin” project where four designers were challenged to design, source and create a garment entirely on the island of Ireland

    Film reviews

    Simon Maher and Brogen Hayes review “The Imitation Game”, “The Drop”, “Third Person” and “Standby”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the Dublin Book Festival begins tonight, Netflix to make a new drama series 'The Crown', Bono has lucky escape when the door of a private jet he was in flew off mid-air

    Wednesday 12th November

    Video nasties and censorship

    John Byrne on the documentary “Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Part 2” which explores some myths around the genre and how it battled with censorship in the 1980’s

    Dave Duggan, playwright

    Bi-lingual (Irish/English) playwright Dave Duggan talks about his play “Makaronik”, a futuristic play set in 2084

    Vyvienne Long, musician

    Chat with pop cellist Vyvienne Long

    Essay: advice to self

    Kevin Gildea essay in which he writes a letter of advice to his younger and older selves

    Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014

    Nick Miller, winner of this year's Hennessy Portrait Prize for his painting “Last Sitting, Portrait of Barrie Cooke, 2013”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Foo Fighters confirmed for Slane 2015, nominations are in for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2015, British actor Warren Clarke dies

    Tuesday 11th November

    Composer David Bremner

    Organist/composer David Bremner talks about the album “L’Air du Temps/The Spirit of the Times”, a musical collaboration featuring uileann pipes and cathedral pipe organ


    Author Deborah Levy explains why she loves the Kurt Cobain/Nirvana song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

    'Academy Street' by Mary Costello

    Mary Costello talks about her new novel “Academy Street”, the story of a girl called Tess who grows up in a big old house and moves to America later in life (published by Text Publishing)

    Cerys Matthews and Dylan Thomas

    Cerys Matthews talks about her new album for children in which she set the poetry of Dylan Thomas to music – “Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas, Poems & Tiger Eggs”

    Mikel Murfi, director of 'The Far Off Hills'

    Actor/director Mikel Murfi talks about his latest project – directing the Lennox Robinson comedy “The Far Off Hills”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Quentin Tarantino hints he might retire early, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins disses the new U2 album, the new David Bowie single commemorates World War I

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