2 October 2007
The Guests

Writer and columnist Fiona Looney; novelist Joe O'Connor; writer and journalist Peter Murphy.

The Film: Garage

From the makers of 'Adam and Paul', and the RTÉ drama 'Prosperity', comes 'Garage' - a movie that's already a prize-winner at Cannes. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Mark O'Halloran, this is an Irish tale of darkness on the edge of town. Josie, played by Pat Shortt, is regarded locally as harmless - a simple fella who minds a small rural garage which doesn't really take much minding. But for a simple man in a simple place it's going to be a complicated summer.

The Book: Divisadero

'Divisadero' is the new novel from Michael Ondaatje - best known for his Booker prize-winning 'The English Patient'. Ondaatje's latest novel is no less epic in scale. 'Divisadero' begins in Northern California but it doesn't stop there and the story takes to the streets of San Francisco, the casinos of Nevada and to South-Central France. It's a story of passion and loss and how, no matter where you go, a family can be devastated by one pivotal and violent event. 'Divisadero' is published by Bloomsbury.

The Play: Kebab

Now on at the Project as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, 'Kebab' is the story of Madalina, who leaves Romania to find a better life but instead finds herself in a whole heap of trouble - mostly love, prostitution and pornography. In a Dublin Theatre Festival co-production with the Royal Court and Pentabus, 'Kebab' is written by Gianina Carbunariu and directed by Orla O'Loughlin. What is particularly interesting for Irish audiences is that Carbunariu is a Romanian writer who has lived in Ireland and has set the play in Dublin. 'Kebab' plays at the Project Cube until the 14 October.

The Album: Magic

On the back of the hugely successful 'Seeger Sessions' project, Bruce Springsteen is back with the old gang for 'Magic' - his first album with the E Street Band since 2002. That album 'The Rising' was as wide-ranging and intelligent a response to 9/11 as there had been to that point. So what about the new one? Five years on, and with America now where it is in Iraq, Springsteen presents the view from the Jersey shore. Don't let the power pop of the E Street Band fool you: The Boss has something to say.

The Performance: Ensemble Avalon

Ensemble Avalon is Ioana Petcu-Colan on violin, Gerald Peregrine on cello and Michael McHale on piano. Next month they'll be performing a selection of American and French piano trios at the Hugh Lane Gallery, but they're with us tonight with something Argentinian: Piazzola's 'Oblivion'.

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