Thursday 20th July

Review: 'Pumpgirl' by Decadent Theatre at the Galway International Arts Festival

Sophie Gorman reviews 'Pumpgirl' by Decadent Theatre Company at the Galway International Arts Festival

Essay: a portion of chips

Rex Ryan with an essay about the size of the portions at his local chipper

Dublin International Piano Festival 2017

Dr Archie Chen, founder and artistic director of the Dublin International Piano Festival which takes place over the next week

George A. Romero RIP

Harvey O’Brien remembers the career of horror film director George A. Romero who died recently

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Chris Wasser review 'Dunkirk' and 'City of Ghosts'

Wednesday 19th July

A profile of Karen Dalton

Donal Dineen with a profile of the Cherokee folk/blues singer Karen Dalton who was born 80 years ago today

A guide to political satire

Abie Philbin Bowman with a guide to some of the political satire/satirical news programmes in print, on radio and television

Zoe Conway, John McIntyre and the Coohe brothers at the National Opera House Wexford

Traditional musicians Zoe Conway and John McIntyre (Ireland) and brothers Shaháb and Sháyán Coohe (Persia/Iran)

Review: 'Tristan & Yseult' by Kneehigh theatre at the Galway International Arts Festival

Sophie Gorman reviews 'Tristan & Yseult' by Kneehigh theatre at the Galway International Arts Festival

Tuesday 18th July

Preview: 'Ozark', a new crime drama on Netflix

Mary McGill previews the new Netflix series 'Ozark', a crime drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney

'On Balance' by Sinead Morrissey

Sinead Morrissey talks about themes such as sexism, family, internment and the circus which all feature in her new collection of poetry 'On Balance' (published by Carcanet)

Stars of Christopher Nolan epic 'Dunkirk'

Sinead Mooney talked to Irish actors Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan about their roles in the new Christopher Nolan film 'Dunkirk'

200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen

Sharon Murphy marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen and discusses what makes her one of the greatest and most enduring of female writers

Monday 17th July

Live from the Galway International Arts Festival 2017

Tonight the programme comes live from the opening night of the Galway International Arts Festival

Friday 14th July

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Eamon Sweeney review '4.44' from Jay Z, 'Hug of Thunder' from Broken Social Scene and 'Something’s Changing' from Lucy Rose

'Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way of Seeing', a film by Phil Grabsky

Film director/producer Phil Grabsky talks about his documentary 'Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing' which is being screened in Irish cinemas

Review: 'The Sport of Kings' by C.E. Morgan

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'The Sport of Kings' by C.E. Morgan (published by Fourth Estate)

Thursday 13th July

Tara Erraught Opera Gala with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught who will be performing tomorrow night in an Opera Gala at the National Concert Hall, with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gavin Maloney

Review: 'The Great Gatsby' at the Gate Theatre

Sophie Gorman reviews 'The Great Gatsby' at the Gate Theatre

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Darryl Jones review 'The Beguiled', 'War for the Planet of the Apes' and 'Pilgrimage'

Wednesday 12th July

'The Party' by Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day reads an extract from her latest novel 'The Party' (published by Fourth Estate)

Review: 'The Late Show' by Michael Connelly

Declan Burke reviews 'The Late Show', the first in a new series of crime thrillers by Michael Connelly (published by Orion Books)

Scripts, Ireland's Playwriting Festival in Birr Co Offaly

Lorcan Clancy went to Birr, Co Offaly to find out more about Scripts, Ireland's Playwriting Festival which takes place there this weekend

'Jaha's Promise', a film by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O'Callaghan

Film-makers Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan talks about their documentary 'Jaha’s Promise'

Tuesday 11th July

Best-ever survival films

Chris Wasser with his guide to some of the best-ever survival films

Review: 'Go Slow: The Life of Julie London' by Michael Owen

Tony Clayton Lea reviews the biography 'Go Slow: The Life of Julie London' by Michael Owen (published by Chicago Review Press)

'Crestfall' by Mark O'Rowe, produced by Druid Theatre

Mark O’Rowe and director Annabelle Comyn talk about the latest production of 'Crestfall', by Druid at the Galway International Arts Festival

'Native', a short film by Linda Bhreathnach

Linda Bhreathnach talks about 'Native', the short film she made starring Patrick Bergin as a returning Irish emigrant; she talks about why she wanted to address the theme of migration in an entirely dialgoue-free form

Monday 10th July

Review: 'David Lynch: The Art Life'

Sorcha Kenny reviews the documentary 'David Lynch: The Art Life' which looks at how Lynch's early interest in visual art influenced his later creative vision in film and television

'Pilgrimage', a film by Brendan Muldowney

Brendan Muldowney, director of new Irish film 'Pilgrimage'

Review: 'Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body' by Roxanne Gay

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body' by Roxanne Gay (published by Corsair)

Friday 7th July

Album reviews

Tracy Clifford and John Meagher review 'Something To Tell You' from Haim, 'Every Valley' from Public Service Broadcasting and 'Moonshine Freeze' from This Is The Kit

Essay: an ethical 'keep' cup

Sonya Kelly with an essay about her ethical 'keep' cup (she calls it Thelma)

50th anniversary of '100 Years of Solitude' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Darragh Downes marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of '100 Years of Solitude' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

'Cover My Tracks' by Charlie Fink and David Greig

Charlie Fink (former frontman with Noah & The Whale) chats about 'Cover My Tracks', a new music/drama production he co-created with David Greig

Thursday 6th July

'White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings' by Gordon Lish

Sinead Mooney spoke to the American writer Gordon Lish about his latest collection 'White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings' (published by Little Island Press)

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Paul Whitington review 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', 'It Comes At Night' and 'The Midwife'

Songwriter's Circle at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

Charlie McGettigan and Kieran Quinn explain the idea behind their Songwriter’s Circle night at the upcoming Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

Wednesday 5th July

'Angela's Ashes: The Musical', on tour around Ireland

Abie Philbin Bowman went to rehearsals for 'Angela's Ashes: The Musical' and spoke to director Thom Sunderland and actor Jacinta Whyte about this musical production of a popular book and film

'In Montmartre, with Degas' by Elaine Feeney

Elaine Feeney reads 'In Montmartre, with Degas' from her latest collection of poetry 'Rise' (published by Salmon Poetry)

'This Cruel Station' by Martin Malone

Martin Malone talks about his current collection of short stories 'This Cruel Station' (published by Doire Press)

Review: 'Silent Testimony', an exhibition by Colin Davidson

Brian McAvera reviews 'Silent Testimony', an exhibition of portraits by Colin Davidson of people who were bereaved or injured during the Troubles in northern Ireland

Tuesday 4th July

Review: William Klein - Photofile

Aoife Barry reviews a new collection of the work of photographer William Klein (published by Thames & Hudson)

'In Person: World Poets', an anthology edited by Neil Astley and Pamela Robertson-Pearce

Neil Astley, editor at Bloodaxe Books introduces their new anthology 'In Person: World Poets', a DVD set of poets from all over the world reading from their work

Karen Ní Bhroin conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Karen Ní Bhroin looks forward to her public debut next week, conducting the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at their lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall

'The Party' by Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day talks about her latest novel 'The Party' (published by Fourth Estate)

Monday 3rd July

A history of Spider-Man on screen

Chris Wasser with a history of Spider-Man on screen

'In Search of the Lost Chord-1967 and the Hippie Idea' by Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg, author of 'In Search of the Lost Chord-1967 and the Hippie Idea' (published by Icon Books)

'Changeling' by Laura Sheeran and Stephanie Dufresne

Artistic director Laura Sheeran and choreographer Stephanie Dufresne explain their show 'Changeling', inspired by the tragic story of Bridget Cleary

Review: 'The Answers' by Catherine Lacey

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'The Answers' by Catherine Lacey (published by Granta)

Friday 30th June

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Laurence Mackin review 'Funk Wav Bounces Volume 1' from Calvin Harris, 'TLC' from TLC and 'Headlong' from John Smith

'Forever' by Dael Orlandersmith

American writer and poet Dael Orlandersmith explains the idea behind her one-woman show ‘Forever’ - the famous inhabitants of the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris

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