Friday 21st October

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Laurence Mackin review “You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen, “Joanne” by Lady Gaga and “Gameshow” by Two Door Cinema Club

Jinx Lennon

Punk folk poet Jinx Lennon performs from and chats about the ideas he addresses in his two new albums – “Past Pupil Stay Sane” and “Magic Bullets Of Madness To Uplift The Grief Magnets”

'The Book of Harlan' by Bernice L McFadden

Bernice L McFadden, author of “The Book Of Harlan”, a re-imagining of the life of her paternal grandfather it spans 1915 – 1973, touches on many of the major historical events (published by Jacaranda)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - 'The Young Offenders' set to be the highest-grossing Irish film in 2016, Irish actress Ruth Negga nominated for Gotham Film Awards in the US, Coleraine writer Maggie O'Farrell shortlisted for Scotland's Saltire Literary Prize

Thursday 20th October

Essay: the work of photographer William Eggleston

Brian Dillon with an essay celebrating the work of American photographer William Eggleston (whose work is currently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London)

'Before The Fall' by Noah Hawley

Writer (& creator of television series “Fargo”) Noah Hawley chats about his latest novel “Before The Fall”, a thriller about the mysterious crash of a television executives private plane and the two people who survive (published by Hodder & Stoughton)

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Paul Whitington review “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, “I, Daniel Blake” and “The Queen of Katwe”

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish poet Bernard O'Donoghue shorlisted for the UK's TS Eliot Award, first headline act for Glastonbury 2017 unveiled, co-founder of highly influential Chess Records dies

Wednesday 19th October

Review: “Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh, set in New England in the 1960’s in graphic language it tells the story of a young woman’s escape from her cruel, alcoholic father and her relationship with a glamorous newcomer to her life, it has been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize (published by Jonathan Cape)

Barry Douglas at the Wexford Festival Opera

World-renowned pianist Barry Douglas who is one of the performers at the forthcoming Wexford Festival Opera

'Black Mirror', Series 3 on Netflix

Mary McGill with a guide to the third series of the Charlie Brooker drama “Black Mirror” on Netflix, which takes modern preoccupations such as social media and gives us a worst case scenario as to the extent of their capabilities

Lucian Freud Project at IMMA

David Dawson, a long-term studio assistant to Lucian Freud and Christina Kennedy, IMMA Head of Collections give Sean a walkaround a major exhibition at IMMA – the Lucian Freud Project

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - a new JRR Tolkien story to be published, Michael Moore takes Donald Trump as his next documentary subject, Madonna and Amy Schumer do each other a favour

Tuesday 18th October

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Ardmore Studios in Bray up for sale, Ireland's oldest film festival - the Cork Film Festival - unveils 2016 programme, Chuck Berry releases first studio album in almost 4 decades

Monday 17th October

'Alice In Wonderland' adapted for Blue Raincoat

Writer/dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke who has adapted Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” for the 25th anniversary of the Blue Raincoat theatre company

'Ashes' by Kerrie O'Brien

Kerrie O’Brien reads “Ashes” from her debut collection “Illuminate” (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien

Sorcha Kenny reviews “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Canadian author Madeleine Thien, following the fortunes of two Chinese musical families through their country’s turbulent 20th century history (published by Granta)

'Inch Levels' by Neil Hegarty

Historian and author Neil Hegarty chats about his debut novel “Inch Levels”, about the lives of three families personally affected by the mysterious and tragic death of an 8-year old girl in the seas off Donegal (published by Head of Zeus)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - some iconic Salvador Dali works to be sold at auction, Phil Collins returns to live performance, the Academy still haven't heard from Bob Dylan since he was announced as winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Friday 14th October

Album Reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Eamon Sweeney have been listening to “Walls”, the seventh album from Kings of Leon, “Let them Eat Chaos” from Kate Tempest and “These Systems are Failing” from Moby & The Void Pacific Choir and join Sean in studio to give their thoughts on the new albums!

Paola Antonelli - Death and Violence

An exhibition which opens this weekend at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The exhibition is a co-production with the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at MoMA, joins Sean in studio to discuss the exhibition which is entitled “Design and Violence”!

Roger Doyle - Heresy

Heresy is a new electronic opera by Roger Doyle based on the life, work and deaths of the 16th century Renaissance man Giordano Bruno. It opens at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin at the end of the month!

Arts News

Alan Corr joins Sean in studio to discuss the Gate Theatre's new artistic director, J.K. Rowling's new film series 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' and Graham Norton's debut novel 'Holding' and the planned television series based on the book.

Thursday 13th October


'Donegal' is the story of fading country music star Irene Day and her extended family. The new play from Frank McGuinness is currently showing in the Abbey until Saturday November 19th. Sophie Gorman was at the Abbey last night and joins Sean in studio to talk about the play.

Films Reviews

Director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks tackle Dan Brown’s work once more as Hanks reprises the role of Robert Langdon for Inferno; And British director Andrea Arnold crosses the States in the coming of age movie American Honey. Ruth Barton and Mark Ryall have been to see them for us!

Richmond Fontaine

Willy Vlautin and Dan Eccles from the band “Richmond Fontaine” join Sean in studio.

Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

Poet Paul Muldoon and Alex Ross, music critic with the New Yorker, join Sean on the line to discuss Bob Dylan and whether or not he is deserved of the Nobel Prize.

Arts News

Abie Bowman joins Sean in studio to talk about the news that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Wednesday 12th October


Writert Dan Seery came into studio to us and read his story, Inspiration.

Oasis: 2016 Re-issue of Be Here Now

“Stand by Me” from Be Here Now, the third album from Oasis which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

Sex & Death Stories

20 short stories exploring how we come in and how we go out of life, sex and death, our governing drives, our two greatest themes

Irish musician Alex Petcu.

Arabesque No. 1, composed by Claude Debussy, and performed by Irish musician Alex Petcu is one of the tracks an Alex’s new album from his new album ‘In Time’ – Music for Solo Percussion.

Every Brilliant Thing

The play Every Brilliant Thing that opened last night in Dun Laoghaire as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Arts news

Abie Bowman fills us in on the latest arts news.

Tuesday 11th October

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer is a long (570 pages), ambitious, daring novel about the daily strains and trivialities that can both make and break a family, and a philosophical examination of various forms of identity (parenthood, childhood, Jewishness).

Eugene O’Brien, and Director, Declan Recks

The Flag, and the writer Eugene O’Brien, and Director, Declan Recks joins Seán in studio.

King Lear in Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Dancer and actress Valda Setterfield is one of the most accomplished post modern dancers in the world. Having trained with Marie Rambert and the Diaghilev ballerina Tamara Karsavina.

Katie Kim - Session

One of Ireland’s finest and most intriguing songwriters, Dublin-based and Waterford-born Katie Kim has two albums to date, beginning with the 2008 debut solo album “Twelve” and 2012’s seminal

Arts news

Abie Bowman fills us in on the latest Arts news.

Monday 10th October

John Connolly - The Book of Lost Things

It is ten years since John Connolly published ‘The Book of Lost Things’, a dark fairytale featuring a boy called David who, grieving for the loss of his mother, slips into a parallel world populated strange creatures. Now a new edition of the book has been published and includes two new stories and a new introduction from the author

Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger has been at the centre of the American and British folk scenes all of her life.  She has recorded 22 solo albums and participated directly in more than a hundred others, many with her late husband Ewan MacColl. She is in Ireland to perform with her family at the National Concert Hall tomorrow night in a concert called ‘Blood and Roses

Michael Colgan and Barry McGovern

Written 70 years ago this year, First Love, a novella by Samuel Beckett, is the story of a homeless man who unwillingly forms a relationship with a woman he meets on a canal bench in Dublin. It’s being presented on stage as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival next week.

Andrzej Wajda

The acclaimed Polish film director Andrzej Wajda died yesterday, aged 90. His films include Kanal, Katyn and Man of Iron, about the anti-communist Solidarity trade union, which won the Palme d’Or in 1981. He was also awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2000. Piotar Rakowski. festival director of the PolskEire festival fills Sean in.

Friday 7th October

Albums review

Revolution Radio’, the title track from the twelfth album from Green Day – our first album up for review this evening. Other albums are ‘Day Breaks’ the sixth solo album from Norah Jones, and ‘Stay Together’, the sixth outing from Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs

The Segull - Sophie Gorman

To the Dublin Theatre Festival and a new production of Anton Chekov’s The Seagull which opened last night at the Gaiety Theatre.  The play is adapted by Michael West and directed by Annie Ryan of the Corn Exchange theatre company.

IMRAM Poet - LIS Seamas Barra O Suilleabhain

IMRAM, the Irish Language Literature Festival, opened in Dublin last night.  Imram means ‘voyage of discovery’ and there is much to discover in its programme with readings, music, theatre, poetry, talks and workshops across various Dublin venues. Included in the line-up is 24 year old Kerry rap poet Séamas Barra Ó Súilleabháin,

Andrea Arnold

American Honey is a 2016 British-American drama road film written and directed by Andrea Arnold. It stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, and Riley Keough. It is Arnold's first film to be set and filmed outside of the United Kingdom.

Thursday 6th October

Sophie Gorman – Review on Circus Animals desertion

The Circus Animals Desertion is the latest production from the Brokentalkers theatre company. It uses the work of WB Yeats to look at the state of the world in 2016 in a mixed media performance using dance, music and more. It opened last night as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Sophie Gorman went to see it for us.

Jaki Irvine

If the Ground Should Open by Jaki Irvine is a video and sound installation currently on view at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The starting point for the art work was Irvine’s own novel Days of Surrender about Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, Julia Grenan and their role in the Rising.

Film Reviews

Gavin Burke and Sarah Griffin - this week we’re reviewing three new movies: A best-selling thriller is adapted for the big screen in ‘The Girl on the Train’ John Micheal McDonagh follows up ‘The Guard’ and ‘Calvary’ with his latest film, declaring ‘War on Everyone’ And Mel Gibson puts his life on the line for his daughter in ‘Blood Father’

Arts News

Irish playwright Conor MacPhearson has a major new play, featuring the songs of Bob Dylan. The human- eaded winged bull of Nimrud, which was destroyed by ISIS last year, will be revived for visiotrs to Rome's Colosseum in an exhibition. And finally, Killian Scott is going from Love/Hate to Damnation.

Wednesday 5th October

Arts News

with Alan Corr - the highest-paid US television stars revealed, Benedict Cumberbatch criticises “obsessive deluded” fans, songwriter Rod Temperton dies

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