23 November 2010
The Guests

My guests tonight are archivist Catriona Crowe, comedian and writer Kevin Gildea and writer and lecturer Harry Browne.

The Film: The American

Directed by Anton Corbjin, The American stars George Clooney as an assassin pretending to be a photographer as he hides out in the mountains east of Rome. He has just survived an assassination attempt in Sweden and now, lying low, he has just one job to do - supply a custom-made weapon, lovingly crafted, to another assassin, no questions asked. Meanwhile his mysterious employer gives nothing away, ordering him to stay put and say nothing to no one.

The Book: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story

A few years on this programme I interviewed Richard Ford about his monumental Granta Book of the American Short Story. Now Granta turns its attention to the Irish exponents of the form in a book edited by Anne Enright. The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story brings together more than 30 short stories by Irish writers, all born in the 20th century, ranging from Maeve Brennan and Claire Keegan to Joseph O'Connor, Colum McCann and Eilis Ní Dhuibhne.

The Play: Slattery's Sago Saga

Now on a national tour, The Performance Corporation is presenting Slattery's Sago Saga, an adaptation by Arthur Riordan of an unfinished novel by Flann O'Brien. Directed by Jo Mangan, this is a predictably unpredictable tale involving a leprechaun, a TD, a Scottish advocate of the sago plant and a plot to remove the potato from the Irish equation. And being Flann O'Brien, we have the added complication that this rum assortment of characters eventually discover that they're in a play and they start to rewrite the thing before your very eyes.

The Art: Unbroken Line: New Work and Retrospective

Now on at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Arts in Carlow, Unbroken Line: New Work and Retrospective is an exhibition of work by the sculptor Michael Warren. The exhibition surveys a 40-year career and includes work from museums, private collections and public spaces.

The Performance: Halves

Halves have just released their new album It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever) in all formats including a beauteous vinyl edition. Recorded at the Hotel2Tango studios in Montreal, the band made the most of a vast array of instruments, amps and effects which date from the 1930s to the 80s. Here with Growing and Glow, Halves.

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