8 September 2009
The Guests

Arts journalist Sinéad Gleeson, actor and writer Joe Taylor and lecturer and writer Harry Browne.

The Book: Let the Great World Spin

In his new novel 'Let the Great World Spin' the Irish writer Colum McCann tackles the place where he has now lived for many years - New York. It's a city which has inspired novelists ever since the Dutch paid 60 guilders for it, but in recent years the very subject of New York has sometimes proved a tome too far for many writers. Even for some of America's finest who have tried and failed to address the effects of 9/11. McCann's book actually begins at the World Trade Centre, but in 1974, as a distant man sets out on a high wire to walk from one tower to the other. 'Let the Great World Spin' is published by Bloomsbury.

The Albums: The Beatles Remastered

Wednesday, 9 September is a big day for Beatles fans. EMI is releasing all 13 original albums - the entire catalogue digitally remastered for the first time with the usual box set palaver of rare photographs, essays and a mini-documentary on the making of each album. It also includes 'Past Masters' - a double set of non-album singles including 'She Loves You', 'Paperback Writer', 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and 'Day Tripper'.

The Play: Powerpoint

The Dublin Fringe Festival is celebrating its 15th birthday this year with the usual wide range of productions, many of them with their customary promise of the unusual - especially when it comes to the venue. Over the years audiences have been in the backs of cars, on buses and in the public toilets in St Stephen's Green. Last night the Performance Corporation gave a Powerpoint presentation at the Camden Court Hotel - a very timely send-up of business speak and corporate affairs. It's called simply 'Powerpoint'. 'Powerpoint' is on at the Camden Court Hotel.

The Film: Fish Tank

Directed by Andrea Arnold, 'Fish Tank' won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. It's the story of the 15-year-old Mia, a tough and difficult teen whose high rise home life takes a further troubled twist when her mother brings home a new boyfriend called Conor. It stars Kate Jarvis as Mia and Michael Fassbender as Conor.

The Competition Winner: Beatles Box Set and Past Masters
The winner of our competition is:
Geraldine Carey
Co Tipperary

The Performance: Aslan

We leave you tonight with music from Gilbert O'Sullivan. Not the man himself but here with 'Nothing Rhymed' - Aslan.

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