Thursday 19th January

Celebrity and American politics

Daniel Geary looks ahead to the inauguration tomorrow of Donald Trump and examines whether being a celebrity helps you succeed in politics

'Moments Of Snow' by David Keane

Poet David Keane reads 'Moments Of Snow', his winning entry in last year's Poetry Ireland/Trocaire competition where the theme was migrants who are 'Forced To Flee'

'Moonglow' by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon chats about his latest novel 'Moonglow', a faux memoir about the fallout from a deathbed confession told to the narrator by his grandfather (published by Fourth Estate)

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Stephen Boyd review 'Jackie', 'Split' and 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - acts confirmed to play Donald Trump inauguration tomorrow, unusual emoji role for Patrick Stewart in a new animated film

Wednesday 18th January

Review: 'Danse, Morob' at the Project Arts Centre

Chris Morash reviews 'Danse, Morob' at the Project Arts Centre, written by Laurent Gaudé and translated by co-diretor/performer Olwen Fouéré

Anúna and Japanese theatre tradition of Noh

Michael McGlynn and Zach Trouton of Anúna who are performing the 1917 WB Yeats play ‘At The Hawks Well’ (inspired by the Japanese tradition of Noh theatre)

'Whatever The Weather' by Jean O'Brien

Jean O’Brien reads “Whatever The Weather” from her latest collection of new and selected poems ‘Fish On A Bicycle’ (published by Salmon Poetry)

'Everybody's Fool' by Richard Russo

Richard Russo chats about his novel 'Everybody's Fool', a sequel to his 1993 novel 'Nobody's Fool' about a chief of police in upstate New York (pulbished by Allen & Unwin)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - programme launched for 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival, changes ahead to Irish library books suppliers, Irish architects voted curators at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Tuesday 17th January

A profile of M Night Shyamalan

Chris Wasser with a profile of film-maker M Night Shyamalan

Caoimhín Vallely in session

Chat and live music with trad pianist Caoimhín Vallely

'Unto Me Is The Journeying' by Mairead Donnellan

Mairead Donnellon, a winner in last year’s Poetry reland/Trocaire poetry competition – she reads her poem “Unto Me Is The Journeying”

Quarter Block Party festival in Cork

Visual artist Kate O’Shea and musician Éna Brennan (who performs as Dowry) who are participants in the Quarter Block Party arts & music festival in Cork

Review: 'Molly Keane: A Life', a memoir by Sally Phipps

Eibhear Walshe reviews “Molly Keane: A Life”, a memoir by Molly Keane’s daughter Sally Phipps (published by Little Brown)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - female characters only have 27% of dialogue in films of 2016, producer of Amy Winehouse documentary in talks to make documentary about Tony Blair

Monday 16th January

'Project Studios' programme at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Abie Philbin Bowman met three of the young artists selected for this year’s one-year studio residency in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under their ‘Project Studios’ programme

'Trainspotting' and the 1990's

Mary McGill re-visits the original “Trainspotting” and assesses its impact on and how it reflected the culture of the 1990’s

'Hero', a play by Ken Rogan at Theatre Upstairs

Ken Rogan and director Amilia Stewart chat about Ken’s debut 1-man play “Hero”, a tale of drinking, love, infidelity and Irish AstroLeague Football

Arts News

with Alan Corr - re-sale of U2 tickets causing anger, Irish film The Young Offenders getting a rave reception abroad

Friday 13th January

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review “I See You” by The xx, “Oczy Mlody” by The Flaming Lips and “Rennen” by Sohn

Essay: Ed Sheeran, the ordinary becomes extraordinary

Alan Corr with an essay about how he admires artists like Ed Sheeran who make the ordinary into something extraordinary

Review: 'Keeping On Keeping On' by Alan Bennett

Eithne Hand reviews “Keeping On Keeping On” by Alan Bennett, a collection of his diary entries for the past 10 years (published by Faber)

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - Minister for the Arts announces funding for Irish arts in the USA, controversy over casting in a Sky Arts drama about Michael Jackson is cancelled, a rebooted The Crystal Maze coming back to television

Thursday 12th January

Essay: the joys of pessimism

Rob Doyle with an essay about the joys of pessimism

'Rockadoon Shore' by Rory Gleeson

Rory Gleeson chats about his debut novel “Rockadoon Shore” (published by John Murray)

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Paul Whitington review “La La Land”, “Manchester By The Sea” and “Live By Night”

Arts News

Abie Philbin Bowman reports on the ‘Places Matter: What Happens When We Invest In The Arts?’ conference in Dublin Castle today, discussing the value and future of the arts in Ireland

Wednesday 11th January

Ireland's showband years

Ronan Collins chats about the enduring popularity of the music from Ireland’s showband era


Tony Tracy looks at what makes “Goodfellas” such a great gangster film, as a new digitally-restored version is about to be released in cinemas

'Yes I Can Bake A Cake' by Jean O'Brien

Jean O’Brien reads “Yes I Can Bake A Cake” from her latest collection of poetry ‘Fish On A Bicycle’ (published by Salmon Poetry)

'Montpelier Parade' by Karl Geary

Karl Geary chats about his debut novel “Montpelier Parade”, about a teenage Sonny Knolls escaping the drudgery of 1980’s Dublin by having a relationship with an enigmatic older woman (published by Harvill Secker)

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - the shortlist for 2016 Choice Music Prize announced, author Marlon James says his new project will be based on African mythical worlds, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra announces new guest principal conductor

Tuesday 10th January

The KLF to re-form?

Music journalist Siobhán Kane with a history of the band KLF as rumours abound that they are re-forming later this year

Essay: 'The Joshua Tree' by U2

Daragh Downes with an essay about his ongoing appreciation for U2 as they announce they will be touring their 30-year old album “The Joshua Tree”

''Let Me Sing Dreams as Words of Truth', an exhibition by Eve Parnell

Artist Eve Parnell chats about the inspirations for her work

Child prodigies celebrated at Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

Finghin Collins, Artistic Director of the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival explains why ‘Prodigy’ is the theme of this year’s festival (i.e. child musical prodigy)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - the big nominations for the BAFTA's, Donald Trump apparently once a fan of Meryl Streep, Mrs Brown gets a BBC chat show

Monday 9th January

Review: '75 Years of Capitol Records'

Jim Carroll reviews the book “75 Years of Capitol Records” (published by Taschen)

'Days Without End' by Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry reads an extract from his latest novel “Days Without End” (published by Faber)

The National Gallery, a new acquisition of works by Sir William Orpen

Donal Maguire of The National Gallery explains the recent gallery acquisition of a new collection of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen

'In Your Sleep' by Leanne O'Sullivan

Leanne O’Sullivan reads her poem “In Your Sleep”, included in the collection 'Fermata: Writings Inspired By Music'

'Autumn Royal', the debut play by Kevin Barry

Author Kevin Barry chats about his first play “Autumn Royal”, about a brother and a sister struggling to do the right thing by their aging and increasingly difficult father

Friday 6th January

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Eamon Sweeney review “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory” from Dropkick Murphys, “Reflection” ambient album from Brian Eno and “Sleep No More” from Jack Savoretti

'Leftover Christmas Trees' by Jean O'Brien

Jean O’Brien reads “Leftover Christmas Trees” from her latest collection of poetry “Fish On A Bicycle'

Review: 'Best European Fiction 2017'

Eithne Shortall reviews “Best European Fiction 2017”, with a foreword by Eileen Battersby (published by Dalkey Archive Press)

Celebrating Nollaig na mBan and Maeve Brennan

Angela Bourke and Christine Dwyer Hickey, two of the writers contributing to the Irish Writers Centre celebration of Nollaig na mBan and the centenary of Maeve Brennan’s birth

Arts News

with Sorcha Kenny - film & tv awards season begins with Golden Globes this Sunday, Ed Sheeran releases two new tracks, it seems David Bowie was not aware of his impending death when recording his final album

Thursday 5th January

'David Bowie: Critical Perspectives', edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin Power

Eoin Devereux, co-editor of a collection of essays “David Bowie: Critical Perspectives”

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Simon Maher review “Endless Poetry”

Review: 'Of All That Ends' by Gunter Grass

Darragh Downes reviews “Of All That Ends”, the final collection by the late German author Gunter Grass (published by Harvill Secker)

Dermot & Flo at Temple Bar Tradfest

Dermot Byrne (button accordion) and Floriane Blancke (French harp) perform live and chat about their musical collaboration

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