Monday 11th December

'Ghost Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland' by Declan Long

Declan Long, whose book 'Ghost Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland' has just been published (by Manchester University Press)

'Undertow' by Anthony J Quinn

Anthony J Quinn chats about 'Undertow', his latest crime thriller set in a fictional village in Monaghan featauring the PSNI detective Celsius Daly (published by Head of Zeus)

Preview: new BBC series 'Little Women'

Mary McGill previews the new series of 'Little Women' on the BBC

Friday 8th December

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Eamon Sweeney review 'Goin' Platinum' from Robert Finley, 'Finding Shore' from Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno and 'And Don't Spare The Horses' from The Eskies

Review: 'The Red Shoes' at the Gate Theatre

Chris Morash reviews 'The Red Shoes' at the Gate Theatre

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Chris Wasser review 'Stronger', 'Menashe' and 'Blade Of The Immortal'

Thursday 7th December

'The Vibrant House', edited by Rhona Richman Kenneally and Lucy McDiarmid

A panel discuss 'The Vibrant House', edited by Rhona Richman Kenneally and Lucy McDiarmid (published by Four Courts Press)

Wednesday 6th December

'Coast-Lines' at IMMA

Kay Sheehy visited the 'Coast-Lines' exhibition at IMMA

'In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast' by Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe, author of 'In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast' (published by Merrion Press)

Review: 'A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories' by Georges Simenon

Declan Burke reviews 'A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories' by Georges Simenon, a trio of short novellas by the Belgian crime writer (published by Penguin Classics)

'We Wore The Blanket', a calendar by Laurence McKeown

Laurence McKeown, playwright and former H-Block prisoner explains 'We Wore The Blanket', a calendar he created inspired by the IRA hunger strikes

Tuesday 5th December

Daljit Nagra, judge of this year's Moth Poetry Prize

Daljit Nagra, judge of this year’s Moth Poetry Prize, talks about the prestigious and lucrative prize, and about his own poetry.

'The End of Outrage' by Breandán Mac Suibhne

Breandán Mac Suibhne talks about his book 'The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland', which focuses on west Donegal in the aftermath of the Great Famine (published by Oxford University Press)

Loves: the spectacle of professional wrestling

Actor, Aonghus Óg McAnally explains why he loves the spectacle of professional wrestling.

Monday 4th December

Alex Lipschultz and Menashe Lustig on the film 'Menashe'

Alex Lipschultz, writer of Yiddish film, “Menashe', and Menashe Lustig who stars in it, talk to Seán about the film which was inspired by Menashe’s own story as a widower in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn who struggles to get custody of his child

Essay: The Dangers of Libraries

Dan Seery’s essay, “Allergies”, about the dangers of the library.

Dave Lordan's poetic Christmas present

Poet Dave Lordan tells Seán about the Christmas present he has available for people to buy this year – he’ll handwrite one of his poems and include a dedication for the recipient.

Review: “Red Star Over Russia” at the Tate Modern in London

Mark Duffy reviews “Red Star Over Russia”, 5 decades of art from Soviet Russia at the Tate Modern in London.

Review: “Women & Power: A Manifesto” by Mary Beard

Sinéad Gleeson reviews “Women & Power: A Manifesto” by Mary Beard, a book which traces the roots of misogyny (Published by Profile Books).

Friday 1st December

Album reviews

Brian Boyd and Róisín Dwyer review 'Songs Of Experience' from U2, 'Versatile' from Van Morrison and 'The Visitor' from Neil Young & Promise of the Real

Review: 'The Assassin of Verona' by Benet Brandreth

Declan Burke reviews 'The Assassin of Verona' by Benet Brandreth (published by Zaffre)

Season 2 of 'The Crown' comes to Netflix

Kay Sheehy previews season 2 of the 'The Crown' which starts on Netflix next week

Thursday 30th November

Patrick Kavanagh anniversary

Pat Boran looks at the legacy of one of our great poets Patrick Kavanagh, on the 50th anniversary of his death

Film reviews

Diane Negra and Stephen Boyd review 'The Man Who Invented Christmas', 'Happy End' and 'Wonder'

Wednesday 29th November

Rough Magic Seeds Programme 2017

Katie McCann and Lee Coffey explain the Rough Magic Seeds programme; the showcase production this year is 'Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play'

'In Our Time', an exhibition by Gerard Byrne

Visual artist Gerard Byrne chats about the memory of radio programmes from the 1960's, 70's and 80's which he re-created for his exhibition 'In Our Time'

'Holidays In Soviet Sanatoriums' by Maryam Omidi

Maryam Omidi chats about 'Holidays In Soviet Sanatoriums', her book of photographs of sanatoriums/spas all over Soviet-era Russia (published by Fuel Publishing)

Monday 27th November

'That's Not Me', an exhibition by Rodney Graham

Kay Sheehy got a guide around the exhibition 'That's Not Me' by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham, which is currently running at IMMA

'Clinging To The Iceberg: Writing for a Living on the Stage and in Hollywood' by Ron Hutchinson

Ron Hutchinson chats about his memoir 'Clinging To The Iceberg: Writing for a Living on the Stage and in Hollywood' (published by Oberon Books)

'Who Will Carry The Word?', a play by Blacklight Productions

Cliodhna McAllister and Charlotte Hamel talk about their play 'Who Will Carry The Word?'

Friday 24th November

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Simon Maher review 'Who Built The Moon?' from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 'A Brand New Me' from Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 'Utopia' from Bjork

Review: 'Let The Right One In' at the Abbey Theatre

Harvey O'Brien reviews 'Let The Right One In', the stage adaptation of the Swedish vampire film which is currently running at the Abbey Theatre

Thursday 23rd November

'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift

Brendan Twomey looks at 'A Modest Proposal', one of Swift's most famous works written almost 300 years ago

Nancy Harris adapts 'The Red Shoes' for the stage

Nancy Harris chats about adapting Hans Christian Andersen's dark fairy tale 'The Red Shoes' for the Gate stage

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny, Áine O'Connor and Hilary White review 'Suburbicon' and 'Battle of the Sexes'

Wednesday 22nd November

'Politics and Playwriting', a lecture by Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy explains his chosen subject for the 4th Annual Maria Helena Kopschitz lecture at UCD next week - 'Politics and Playwriting'

History of Record Labels - Good Vibrations

In the latest in his occasional series on the history of record labels, this week Jim Carroll looks at the Irish label Good Vibrations

Annette Bellaoui, speaker at the Festival of Politics 2017

Danish activist Annette Bellaoui who is one of the speakers at 'All Together Now', a discussion about the universal language of music

'I Will Run You Through' by Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon reads 'I Will Run You Through' from his collection of poetry 'Lamentations'

Review: 'Dunbar' by Edward St Aubyn

Owen Roe reviews 'Dunbar', a novel by Edward St Aubyn (published by Hogarth Shakespeare)

Tuesday 21st November

A guide to Dublin Gallery Weekend 2017

Declan Long with a guide to some of the events happening at the upcoming Dublin Gallery Weekend

'Song of Granite', a film by Pat Collins

Peter Browne on the musical life of Joe Heaney/Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, the subject of a new film by Pat Collins 'Song of Granite'

Review: 'Live Cinema and Its Techniques' by Francis Ford Coppola

Tony Tracy reviews 'Live Cinema and Its Techniques' by Francis Ford Coppola (published by Liveright)

25th anniversary of 'Automatic For The People' by REM

Alan Corr takes another listen to the REM album 'Automatic For The People', first released 25 years ago

Monday 20th November

'Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie', edited by Christopher FitzSimon

Christopher FitzSimon, editor of 'Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie' (published by Lilliput Press)

Essay: the work/life balance

Actress/writer Michele Forbes with an essay about the challenges of the work/life balance

'Fighter', a show by Mannix Flynn at the Festival of Politics

Mannix Flynn chats about his show 'Fighter' - dealing with the wreckage and havoc of war as told by a combatant

Friday 17th November

'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan chats about her latest novel 'Manhattan Beach', set in the shipyards and nightclubs of 1940's Brooklyn (published by Corsair)

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and John Meagher review 'Low In High School' from Morrissey, 'The Architect' from Paloma Faith and 'Rest' from Charlotte Gainsbourg

Review: 'Where The Past Begins', a memoir by Amy Tan

Eithne Shortall reviews 'Where The Past Begins', a memoir by Amy Tan (published by Fourth Estate)

Thursday 16th November

International Guitar Quartet in session

Chat and live music with the International Guitar Quartet who will be performing at the National Opera House Wexford as part of the Music Network Residency series

'Body Language' by CoisCéim Dance Theatre and the RHA Gallery

Kay Sheehy reports on 'Body Language', a multi-media exploration of ways of telling your life story non-verbally

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