†13 October 2009
The Guests

Broadcaster Joe Duffy, musician Cait o' Riordan and The Irish Times Deputy Editor, Fintan O'Toole.

The Book: The Death of Bunny Munro

Best known as a songwriter and Bad Seed in chief, Nick Cave's second novel has just been published some twenty years after his first. 'The Death of Bunny Munro' is a father and son story - but what a father and what a son. Bunny Junior is a bright and loveable nine-year-old but Bunny Senior is an utterly debauched mess who works as a beauty products salesman on the make on the South coast of England. When Bunny's wife takes her own life, Bunny returns to the road almost immediately and he brings Junior with him. 'The Death of Bunny Munro' is published by Canongate.

The Play: Tales of Ballycumber

Now on at the Abbey Theatre 'Tales of Ballycumber' is a new play from Sebastian Barry. Set in rural Wicklow, it stars Stephen Rea as Nicholas and Aaron Monaghan as Evans - two friends who enjoy each others company, telling stories as they sip tea in the older man's kitchen. The play begins with Evans asking Nicholas for advice about love and a girl with greeny blue eyes. 'Tales of Ballycumber' is part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and runs at the Abbey Theatre until 7 November.

The Film: Katalin Vagra

Directed by Peter Strickland 'Katalin Varga' is billed as a feminist revenge movie set in Transylvania. Hilda Peter stars as Katalin as a woman thrown out of her village for fear that an old secret will bring disgrace on her husband. Along with her son, who is at the very heart of that secret, she heads off intent on revenge. She's looking for two men in particular and there she meets the first of the two and he doesn't have a clue. 'Katalin Vagra' is at selected cinemas nationwide.

The Exhibition: Taming Light

'Taming Light' is the title of a group exhibition now on at the Light House Cinema, in Dublin. Curated by the movie critic John Maguire, it's based around the work of Stanley Kubrick, painting, photography and illustration, all inspired by the great man's movies. It includes work by Alan Lambert, Geraldine Doherty, Maser and Two Cent. 'Taming Light' is at the Lighthouse Cinema until 31 October and admission is free of charge.

The Performance: Hekla StŚlstrenga

We leave you tonight with Grammy winning performers all the way from Norway. Ragnhild Furebotten and Tore Bruvoll make up the traditional duo 'Hekla StŚlstrenga'. Currently on a nationwide tour, they're here tonight with the title track of their current album 'Polkafot'.

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