20 September 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are Irish Times online editor Hugh Linehan, art critic Cristín Leach and author and National Women's Council Director Susan McKay.

The Film: Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Directed by Andrew Rossi, Page One documents a year inside one of America's great institutions, The New York Times. As so many American newspapers which once seemed as permanent as Mount Rushmore go to the wall, now the survival of even the Gray Lady herself is in question. The documentary, which heavily features veteran journalist David Carr, reveals a newspaper trying to both compete and co-operate with new media - something which leads to a clash of values, standards and ethics. Here Carr makes his case.

The Play: The Yellow Wallpaper by Then This Theatre

Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, The Yellow Wallpaper is a Then This Theatre production now on at Smock Alley, as part of Absolut Dublin Fringe. Based on a gothic novella by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, this is the tale of a woman - played by Maeve Fitzgerald - locked in a room by her husband in order to cure her 'melancholia' and so begins a psychotic love-hate relationship with the wallpaper.

The Novel: On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry's On Canaan's Side was long-listed for The Man Booker prize on the very day of its publication but then surprisingly didn't feature on the shortlist as had his previous books The Secret Scripture and A Long Long Way. In On Canaan's Side, the 89-year-old Lilly Bere, mourning the death of her grandson Bill in the first Gulf War and plotting her own end, thinks back over a lifetime that took her from Ireland to America - forced to flee a changed and troubled Dublin at the end of the First World War and arriving to a new and hopeful life in the new world.

The Exhibition: Disturbance by Willie Doherty

Now on at the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011, Disturbance is an exhibition which highlights the video installations and photographs of Derry-born and internationally acclaimed artist Willie Doherty. The work dates from the 1980s to the present day, including his most recent work, Ancient Ground, filmed just a few months ago in Donegal. Disturbance is at the Hugh Lane until January 15th.

The Performance: Morgan Cooke

This Friday is culture night and all over the country, arts venues and museums will be opening their doors late to host numerous special events. Full details on www.culture At the IFI in Dublin, the 1914 silent film For Ireland's Sake, from New York's O'Kalem collection, will be screened accompanied by live music from Morgan Cooke. Here with a piece from that performance is the man himself.

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