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    coming up on Friday's show....Kay Sheehy's run-down of the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award continues with "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson, Marina Carr and Rachel West, judges for this year's PJ O'Connor Award for Radio Drama, the newly-appointed Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016 and the latest albums from Beth Orton, Robert Glasper reinterpreting Miles Davis and Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Arena Wednesday 5 February 2014


    Arena, Wed 5th February

    Tony Clayton Lea is in studio to review Americana - The Kinks memoir by the band’s lead songwriter, Ray Davies, and God Save The Kinks,a band biography by Ron Jovanovic; Willie Vlautin tells us about his new book, The Free; and Declan Long has checked out the glorious production of a new book about 'Hieronymous Bosch'; and Swan Lake is coming to Dublin



    Matthew McConaghey

    Matthew McConaughey has just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, in the film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of a Texan diagnosed with AIDS who decides to source his own medication in Mexico to help fight the disease.    

    RTE Ten’s Alan Corr recently met up with Matthew Mc Conaughey and asked him how he decided to portray the life and character of Ron Woodroof....

    The track is My Morning Jacket with ‘Ready to be Called On’ from the soundtrack to the movie.....


    Swan Lake

    On the 9th November 1995 a new production of Swan Lake was unveiled at the famous Sadlers Well Theatre in London.

    Within minutes of the performance starting though, there were ripples in the audience because the role of the swan was being danced by a man on stage for the very first time.

    Nearly twenty years later this now famous production lives on, and is visiting Dublin in a few weeks time. To find out more about the show, Evelyn O’Rourke went to London to meet up with some of the dancers and the team behind the show.

    Swan Lake is visiting Dublin later this month and will be performed from Tuesday 25th February to Saturday 1st March at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. More information can be found at


    Hieronymus Bosch

    The Dutch Painter Hieronymous Bosch - famed for his lavish, surreal and incredibly detailed paintings - died almost 500 years ago. Now Taschen has published a major new collection, 'Hieronymous Bosch: The Complete Works' compiled by Stefan Fischer. Declan Long has been reading it for us

     And you can see some of the images from that book at


    The Kinks

    The band's lead singer, Ray Davies, has just published his memoirs, Americana, and a new biography, God Save The Kinks, looks at the band's legacy. Tony Clayton-Lea has been reading them for us.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:48
      Title: You Really Got Me
      Performer(s): The Kinks
      Performer(s): The Kinks
      Album: Kinks
      Duration: 2:26
    • 19:54
      Title: Lola
      Performer(s): The Kinks
      Performer(s): The Kinks
      Album: Lola Versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1
      Duration: 4:20
    • 19:57
      Title: All The Way From Memphis
      Performer(s): Mott The Hoople
      Performer(s): Mott The Hoople
      Album: Mott (Legacy Edition)
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Ready To Be Called
      Composer: Unknown
      Performer(s): My Morning Jacket
      Performer(s): My Morning Jacket
      Album: Dallas Buyers Club, Sony Classical / Legacy, 88843005652
      Duration: 3:25

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