Thursday 16th May

'Cotton Fingers', a play by Rachel Trezise

Rachel Trezise and Amy Molloy talk about their play 'Cotton Fingers'

Review: 'Cari Mora' by Thomas Harris

Declan Burke reviews 'Cari Mora' by Thomas Harris (published by William Heinemann)

Loves: the art of Doris Salcedo

Annie Fletcher explains why she Loves the work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Chris Wasser review 'John Wick Chapter 3' and 'Birds of Passage'

Wednesday 15th May

'Electrolyte', directed by Donnacadh O'Briain

Donnacadh O'Briain, director of 'Electrolyte'

Review: 'Home Fire' by Kamila Shamsie and 'History of Wolves' by Emily Fridlund

Sinead Mooney reviews 2 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist

'The Magic Flute' by Irish National Opera

Fergus Sheil of Irish National Opera whose production 'The Magic Flute' starts this Friday

Tuesday 14th May

'Carnivore', a show by Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy explains his show 'Carnivore', in which he explores what touch and physical identity mean in a changing world

'Cycles and Lost Monkeys' by Jo Slade

Jo Slade chats about her latest collection 'Cycles and Lost Monkeys'  (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'Dublin Palms' by Hugo Hamilton

Daragh Downes reviews 'Dublin Palms' by Hugo Hamilton, (published by Fourth Estate)

Helen Behan, stars in Shane Meadows tv series 'The Virtues'

Helen Behan, who stars in 'The Virtues', the new tv mini-series from Shane Meadows

Monday 13th May

'Inventions' by Irish Modern Dance Theatre at Dublin Dance Festival 2019

Oona Doherty and Valda Setterfield, performing in 'Inventions' by choreographer John Scott

Loves: the music of Jacques Brel

Alison Walsh explains why she Loves the music of Jacques Brel

Venice Biennale 2019

Kay Sheehy with a report from the Venice Biennale 2019, which opened this weekend

Doris Day RIP

Ruth Barton on the career of Doris Day, whose death was announced today

Friday 10th May

Album reviews

Zara Hedderman and Neil Doherty review 'Here Comes The Cowboy' from Mac DeMarco, 'Proto' from Holly Herndon and 'Let Yourself Be Seen' from Doomsquad

'Beckett, Poems' at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Alan Gilsenan and Justine Cooper explain their production 'Beckett, Poems' at ILFD

TV preview: 'Years and Years' on BBC1

Mary McGill previews the new BBC tv series 'Years and Years'

Thursday 9th May

Gods of Rap come to Dublin

Siobhán Kane profiles 'Gods of Rap' concert with Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul

Review: 'Late In The Day' by Tessa Hadley

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'Late In The Day' by Tessa Hadley (published by Jonathan Cape)

Film reviews

Gemma Creagh and Simon Maher review 'The Hustle', 'Float Like A Butterfly' and 'High Life'

Wednesday 8th May

Review: 'On Drinking' by Charles Bukowski

Dave Lordan reviews 'On Drinking' by Charles Bukowski (published by Ecco)

'Famished' by Cherry Smyth

Cherry Smyth, whose collection 'Famished' is inspired by the Irish famine (published by Pindrop Press)

West Wicklow Festival 2019

Fiachra Garvey, founder and artistic director of the West Wicklow Festival

A profile of Amy Poehler

Sorcha Kenny with a profile of Amy Poehler

Tuesday 7th May

Review: 'Then It Fell Apart' by Moby

Tony Clayton Lea reviews 'Then It Fell Apart', the second volume of his memoirs by Moby (published by Faber & Faber)

'Prophecy' by Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy discusses his latest collection 'Prophecy' (published by Carcanet)

Review: 'Trust Exercise' by Susan Choi

Siobhan Callaghan reviews 'Trust Exercise' by Susan Choi (published by Serpent’s Tail)

'Session', a dance work by Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Colin Dunne explains his show 'Session', a collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Monday 6th May

30th anniversary of debut album by The Stone Roses

Alan Corr marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the self-titled debut album by The Stone Roses

'An Enquiry II', a series of paintings by Margaret Corcoran

Margaret Corcoran discusses 'An Enquiry II', her paintings of her teenage daughter in the National Gallery of Ireland

'Underland' by Robert MacFarlane

Robert MacFarlane chats about his latest book 'Underland' (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Friday 3rd May

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Brian Boyd review 'Father Of The Bride' from Vampire Weekend, 'U.F.O.F.' from Big Thief and 'This Mess Is A Place' from Tacocat

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Justin MacGregor review 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', 'Long Shot' and 'Tolkien'

Review: 'The Glass Menagerie' at the Gate Theatre

Helen Meany reviews 'The Glass Menagerie' at the Gate Theatre

Thursday 2nd May

'Being Various', an anthology of new Irish short stories

Anthology of new Irish short stories 'Being Various' - chat with writers Lisa McInerney, Peter Murphy, Stuart Neville, Jill Crawford and editor Lucy Caldwell

Wednesday 1st May

'They Float Up', a play by Jacquelyn Reingold

Jacquelyn Reingold, whose play 'They Float Up' opens at Bewleys Café Theatre next Monday

'Word of Mouth' at Drogheda Arts Festival 2019

Spoken word artists Alice McCullough and Mark Grist, who will perform at 'Word Of Mouth' at the Drogheda Arts Festival

TV preview: 'Chernobyl' on Sky Atlantic

Mary McGill previews the new tv drama series 'Chernobyl', coming to Sky Atlantic next week

Tuesday 30th April

'Abandoned' by Opera Workshop

Fiona Linnane, whose compositions will feature in 'Abandoned', a site specific production by Limerick's Opera Workshop

'Liar' by Ayelet Gundar Goshen

Ayelet Gundar Goshen reads an extract from her novel 'Liar' (published by Pushkin Press)

'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' by Mischief Theatre

Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, writers of the comic farce 'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' by Mischief Theatre

John Singleton RIP

Ruth Barton remembers the career of film-maker John Singleton, whose death was announced yesterday

Life with The Cranberries

Fergal Lawler, drummer with The Cranberries recalls life in the band and making their final album 'In The End'

Monday 29th April

Preview of Bray International Jazz Festival 2019

Cormac Larkin previews events at the upcoming Bray International Jazz Festival

Review: 'Things In Jars' by Jess Kidd

Declan Burke reviews 'Things In Jars' by Jess Kidd (published by Canongate)

RTÉ Lyric fm celebrates 20 years

Anne Marie O’Farrell, the featured harpist in a concert to celebrate 20 years of RTÉ Lyric fm

'Mirrors', an event at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Jessica Traynor, Nicole Flattery and Dani Gill explain their event at International Literature Festival Dublin

Friday 26th April

Album reviews

Nadine O’Regan and Neil Doherty review 'In The End' from The Cranberries, 'Hurts 2B Human' from Pink and 'Grim Town' from Soak

Silence, a series of events at Trinity College on the theme of censorship

Eoin O’Dell explains 'Silencing the Country Girls: Edna O’Brien and the Censor' at Trinity College on the theme of silence/censorship

Annie Fletcher, new director at IMMA

Annie Fletcher, recently-appointed as the new Director of IMMA outlines her vision as a curator

Thursday 25th April

RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus 2019

Sarah Binchy and Colin Walsh explain the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus

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