Tuesday 16th January

A history of Aardman animation studios

Chris Wasser with a history of Aardman, one of the most successful stop-motion animation studios in the world

'Buzz and Hum', an exhibition by Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh

Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh explain the differences in their artistic styles and their joint exhibition 'Buzz and Hum'

'If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You', a play by John O'Donovan

John O'Donovan talks about his first full-length play 'If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You', the story of two working class loveable tearaways

Monday 15th January

Films about the press/journalism

Ruth Barton takes a look at some great films about campaigning journalists and the press

'The Approach' by Mark O'Rowe, coming to the Project Arts Centre

Mark O'Rowe and actors Cathy Belton, Aisling O'Sullivan Derbhle Crotty chat about 'The Approach', his new play with Landmark Productions

Dolores O'Riordan, RIP

Dave Fanning and May Kay pay tribute to the singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries whose death has just been announced

Friday 12th January

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Alan Corr review 'Tales From The Backseat' from The Academic, 'Camila' from Camila Cabello and 'Wrong Creatures' from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Review: 'The Wanderers' by Tim Pears

Declan Burke reviews 'The Wanderers' by Tim Pears, the second in his West Country trilogy (published by Bloomsbury)

Review: 'Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars'

Róisín Dwyer reviews the Lili Fini Zanuck music documentary 'Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars'

Thursday 11th January

'The Eyes of Isaac Newton' by Iggy McGovern

Poet and physicist Iggy McGovern chats about his latest collection 'The Eyes of Isaac Newton' (published by Dedalus Press)

Review: 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Brian Merriman reviews 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

'Forest Dark' by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss reads an extract from her most recent novel 'Forest Dark' (published by Bloomsbury)

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Hilary White review 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri' and 'Darkest Hour'

Wednesday 10th January

200th anniversary of 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

Darryl Jones marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's gothic horror novel 'Frankenstein'

'Good Morning Mr Turner' at the National Gallery

Niall Naessens talks about showing his work alongside the annual exhibition of JMW Turner watercolours at the National Gallery

First Fortnight Festival - Tony Walsh, performance poet

Manchester performance poet Tony Walsh, who is a guest at the First Fortnight mental health arts festival

Tuesday 9th January

The role of the state architect

State architect Ciaran O'Connor explains what his role involves and how some of Ireland's most iconic buildings were created

First Fortnight Festival - 'Recovery Stories'

Leeanne O'Donnell and Anthea Hirons, one of the participants in the HSE West Cork project 'Recovery Stories', where people with mental health issues share their experiences via documentaries about each other

'Cead Isteach/Entry Permitted' by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill who has just published 'Cead Isteach/Entry Permitted', a collection of the public lectures she gave during her tenure as the Ireland Chair of Poetry (published by UCD Press)

A profile of Oprah Winfrey

Eithne Shortall with a career profile of Oprah Winfrey, from her first break into television aged 19 to being talked-about as a possible US presidential candidate in 2020

Monday 8th January

'The Weekend Dad' by Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh, author of 'The Weekend Dad', about a struggling poet who has to become a father to the daughter he didn't know he had (published by Hachette Ireland)

50th anniversary of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Karl Tsigdinos marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny's Cash's iconic concert at Folsom Prison

First Fortnight Festival - 'Sally Denver Matthews' by Gilly O'Shea

Gilly O'Shea, writer/performer of 'Sally Denver Matthews', her one-woman comic play examining the plight of the new mother

3 short stories that caused a stir

Sinead Gleeson looks at three short stories that caused a stir on publication - 'Cat Person' by Kristen Roupenian, 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson and 'Guts' by Chuck Palahniuk

Friday 5th January

Podcasts worth catching

Liam Geraghty and Rosemary MacCabe with their guide to some of the more interesting podcasts around at the moment

First Fortnight Festival - The Lost Gecko in session

Indie folk rockers The Lost Gecko chat about how music can help people understand and deal with their emotions; they are playing the First Fortnight mental health arts festival

First Fortnight Festival - 'Therapy Sessions', a series by Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith who has organised a series of events called 'Therapy Sessions' for the First Fortnight mental health arts festival

Thursday 4th January

Review: 'Her Body and Other Parties' by Carmen Maria Machado

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Her Body and Other Parties' by Carmen Maria Machado (published by Serpent's Tail)

First Fortnight Festival - art and poetry with OutStraight

Lewis Kenny and Shane Ha of OutStraight, an artistic collective which uses theatre/graffiti to highlight issues of social concern

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Justin MacGregor review 'Brad's Status', 'All The Money In The World' and 'Hostiles'

Wednesday 3rd January

Investing in art

Auctioneer Ian Whyte talks about how the seriously- rich are once again investing heavily in art

Replacing actors in films

Tony Tracy on how how film-makers can digitally manipulate films to change actors even once the film is made

Inaugural programme from the Irish National Opera

Next week the inaugural programme for the newly-created Irish National Opera will be announced, with artistic director Fergus Sheil and soprano Anna Devin

First Fortnight Festival - 'In Two Minds' by Joanne Ryan

Joanne Ryan talks about how the experience of her mother's bipolar disorder informed her one-woman play 'In Two Minds'

Tuesday 2nd January

Female emancipation reflected in the arts

In the centenary year of Ireland granting women the right to vote, today we look at female emancipation across the arts

Friday 29th December

The year ahead in the arts

A panel offer tips for what to look forward to in the arts in the coming year - in music, film, theatre and literature

Thursday 28th December

Literary interviews in 2017

A special programme looking back at some of the interviews with authors during the past year

Friday 22nd December

'The Stinging Fly' response to homelessness

'The Stinging Fly' literary magazine invited writers and poets to explore aspects of homelessness - a special with editor Declan Meade and writers Colm Keegan, Rachel Andrews, Kevin Curran and Neasa McHale

Wednesday 20th December

Preview: series 4 of 'Black Mirror'

Mary McGill previews series 4 of 'Black Mirror', which starts on Netflix on the 29th of December

Uilleann Pipes awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Peter Browne on the global recognition given to the uilleann pipes by UNESCO who have listed them on their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list

Film reviews

Roe McDermott and Paul Whitington review 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle', 'Pitch Perfect 3', 'Molly's Game' and 'The Greatest Showman'

Tuesday 19th December

'Fire of God's Love' by Sister Irene O'Connor

In the latest in his occasion series on lost musical treasures, Donal Dineen looks at 'Fire of God's Love' by Australian nun Sister Irene O'Connor

Review: 'Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983 - 1992' by Tina Brown

Sorcha Kenny reviews 'Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983 - 1992' by Tina Brown (published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

'Lunatic, There I Go', a play by Gill McCaw and Andrea Scott

Gill McCaw and Andrea Scott explain the background to their play 'Lunatic, There I Go' - Hanna Greally's memoir of being institutionalised in St Loman's psychiatric hospital

Monday 18th December

Andrew Hamilton, composer of 'Proclamation of the Republic'

Irish composer Andrew Hamilton who this year won a British Composer Award for his composition 'Proclamation of the Republic'

Tips for Christmas television

Paul Whitington with tips for some television shows worth watching over Christmas and the new year

'Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years' by Nicholas Frankel

Nicholas Frankel talks about the final years in the life of Oscar Wilde, the subject of his book 'Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years' (published by Harvard University Press)

'REM: Out Of Athens', a documentary on RTÉ Radio 1

Ken Sweeney whose radio documentary 'REM: Out Of Athens' looks at the origins of the band and how they successfully crossed-over from the alternative to the mainstream

Thursday 14th December

Homelessness and 'The Stinging Fly'

Méabh De Brún reads her story 'Liminal Bus Café', as featured in the Winter edition of The Stinging Fly in which writers respond to the issue of homelessness

Dispute over Stormzy mural in Smithfield

Subset Mark, a member of the graffiti art collective Subset who created the large Stormzy mural on a wall in Smithfield

'Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon'

Kathy D'Arcy explains 'Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon', a new movement to remember the forgotten women of Irish literature

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Gavin Burke review 'Star Wars, Episode VIII - The Last Jedi', 'The Prince of Nothingwood' and 'Mountain'

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