Special features

Wednesday 4th January

A profile of John Berger, RIP

Kelly Grovier profiles art critic, Booker-prize winning novelist and poet John Berger who died this week

Friday 30th December

Battle of the Box Sets

Arlene Hunt, Mary McGill, Stephen Boyd and Luke McManus with their choices of the greatest tv series of the modern age and the under-rated gems 

Thursday 29th December

Highlights from festivals 2016

Highlights from various festivals around the country this year – Temple Bar Tradfest, Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Hay Festival Kells and the Kilkenny Arts Festival

Wednesday 28th December

Remembering Anthony Cronin, RIP

Remembering Anthony Cronin, the novelist, poet, cultural activist and founder of arts organisation Aosdána whose death was announced today, with Dermot Bolger, Michael O'Loughlin, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Tom McGurk 

Tuesday 27th December

Remembering John Montague, RIP

A special programme  remembering the Ulster poet and first Ireland Professor of Poetry John Montague who passed away this month, with friend and publisher Peter Fallon

Friday 11th November

Remembering Leonard Cohen, RIP

A special programme remembering the life and work of Leonard Cohen, with guests Paul Muldoon, John MacKenna, Peter Murphy and biographer Sylvie Simmons  (for copyright reasons this programme is not available to ...

Monday 31st October

“The Bible In Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works and More” by Siobhán Dowling Long and John F.A. Sawyer

A special celebrating the publication of “The Bible In Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works and More” by scholars Siobhán Dowling Long and John F.A. Sawyer (published by Roman & ...

Monday 1st August

Salmon Poetry at 35

A special programme to celebrate the publication of “Even The Daybreak”, a new anthology marking 35 years of Salmon Poetry in the company of the founder Jessie Lendennie and poets Lorna Shaughnessy ...

Wednesday 18th May

Polska Éire Festival 2016

Piotr Rakowski, director of the Polska Éire Festival with a preview of some of the music, film, theatre and sports events taking place over the course of the week-long festival ...

Tuesday 26th April

Granta Magazine showcases new Irish writing

Marking the latest edition of Granta Magazine which is dedicated to showcasing new Irish writing, poetry and photography, in the company of acting deputy editor of Granta Magazine Luke Brown, authors Sally ...



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