1 December 2009
The Guests:

Poet and broadcaster Theo Dorgan, art critic Cristin Leach and playwright and novelist Declan Hughes.

The Film: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Written and directed by Rémi Bezançon 'The First Day of the Rest of Your Life' is a portrait of a modern French family. Set between 1988 and 2000 - these are crucial years for the Duvals. Mother and father have problems of their own but these are of little concern to the children, among them the once delightful daughter, now a teenager with a whole new set of preoccupations. 'The First Day of the Rest of your Life' is at selected cinemas nationwide.

The Exhibition: Abram Games; Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

Abram Games was one of the most important British graphic designers of the last century. He's best known for his wartime posters and a style which also saw his work used on book covers and postage stamps. Now on at the National College of Art and Design an exhibition called 'Abram Games; Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means' also includes some of his industrial design, including his iconic Cona Coffee maker. 'Abram Games, Maximum Meaning Minimum Means' continues at the National College of Art and Design Gallery in Thomas Street until 16 January.

The Novel: Truth or Fiction

'Truth or Fiction' is the new novel from Jennifer Johnston. Desmond Fitzmaurice is an ageing writer and broadcaster living in Dalkey - his former glories all but forgotten until a journalist called Caroline Wallace arrives from London hoping to write an article which might "stir up some interest" and shine a new light on his work. In many ways its just another assignment but it soon takes on a darker twist when Caroline discovers much about this old man that is not to her liking - that's even before she gets to the dark secrets of his past. 'Truth or Fiction' is published by Headline Fiction.

The Wish-list: Christmas Gift Recommendations
It's that time of year again and apparently we can now mention Christmas with a clear conscience and so we look to the wish-list. What are the must-haves this year for people interested in the arts? For Books: Amelia Stein's 'Photographs' ( published by the Royal Hibernian Academy) - her portraits of the members of the RHA. Another book - this one from Amnesty International - 'From the Republic of Conscience' which features work from Seamus Heaney, Colum Mc Cann, Neil Jordan and Roddy Doyle.

Barbara Kingsolver's novel, 'The Lacuna' and two poetry collections, 'Life is a Dream' by Paul Durcan and 'Rain' by Don Patterson.

Two music items worth a mention, Bob Dylan's Christmas Album 'Christmas from the Heart' and one with a Dublin angle, 'REM Live from the Olympia'. Tom Waits 'Glitter and Doom Live' CD is also out now with one of the tracks recorded in Dublin, in the big tent in the Phoenix Park.

The Performance: James Vincent McMorrow

Dubliner James Vincent McMorrow is the voice you may have heard on the Barnardo's ad. That track 'Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree' features on his debut album, 'Lets Do This Thing' and on the back of that release you can see him at Dublin's the Sugar Club on Wednesday 16 December. Here he is with 'Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree'.

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