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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 Monday 24 February 2014


    Irish Times Theatre Awards

    The 17th Annual Irish Times Theatre Awards took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

    With three judges seeing upwards of 150 productions between them, the competition was fierce this year…and Sophie Gorman was there in the audience.  Joining the conversation by phone is Tom Vaughan Lawlor who won the Best Actor award.

    The awards will be featured on RTE 1 at 8.30pm on Friday, February 28, as part of The Works. More information can be found at


    David Gilbert

    “& Sons” is the latest novel from New York writer David Gilbert. Himself a child of the elite upper East Side of Manhattan, Gilbert tells the story of AN Dyer, a famous author and his adult children,  The book is reviewed by Edel Coffey.

    David Gilbert’s novel “& sons” is published in hardback by Fourth Estate


    Classic Movie: Gorgo

    Gorgo is a 1961 monster movie set off the coast of Ireland.  

    It features buried treasure, Volcanic eruptions, angry Mammy monsters, and suspicious locals who insist on speaking in this strange tongue they call Gaelic...

    Gorgo opens with divers diving for treasure from a salvage vessel off the coast of Ireland. A vessel captained by a character called 'Joe Ryan' – played by the English actor Bill Travers, later famous as one of the leads in Born Free, and his first mate 'Sam' (American actor William Sylvester, probably best known for playing Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey).

    They're diving near the fictional 'Nara' Island ('Nara' being Aran spelled backwards) when they witness these deep-sea, volcanic eruptions, which damage their vessel and forces them to dock on Nara Island (where they encounter suspicious, Irish-speaking, locals and an even more suspicious harbour master, called McCartin – who's afraid they might be after the viking ship full of loot he's discovered offshore).

    So, that night, while a group of locals are out in currachs on a shark hunt, this Godzilla-like creature, Gorgo (brought to the surface from its deep-sea world by the volcanic eruptions) emerges from the waters and starts stomping off towards Nara island. Joe and Sam later manage to capture it and 2 palaeontologists arrive from Dublin and tell them to bring the creature back to Dublin for detailed study. But they ignore this order and set sail for London, where Gorgo is to go on public display in a circus in Battersea Park (with Joe and Sam handsomely rewarded for their troubles).

    Gorgo is the classic movie choice of John Byrne....

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: New York Morning
      Performer(s): Elbow
      Performer(s): Elbow
      Album: The Take Off and Landing of Everything
      Duration: 3:32
    • Title: Testify
      Composer: Reeve Carney
      Performer(s): Reeve Carney
      Performer(s): Reeve Carney
      Duration: 3:24
    • Title: I Will Wait For You
      Composer: Legrand, Michel
      Performer(s): Legrand, Michel
      Performer(s): Legrand, Michel
      Duration: 4:15
    • Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
      Composer: Freddie Mercury
      Performer(s): Reeve Carney
      Performer(s): Reeve Carney
      Duration: 2:22

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