Friday 2nd December

Album reviews

John Meagher and Róisín Dwyer review “Blue & Lonesome”, a covers album from The Rolling Stones, “Darkness and Light” from John Legend and “Starboy” by The Weeknd

'The Waiting Game', a documentary about Waiting For Godot on tour

Producer/director David Blake Knox and actor Stephen Brennan chat about “The Waiting Game”, their documentary about the all-Ireland tour in 2008 of the Gate production of “Waiting for Godot”

Christmas gift ideas for the culture-lover

Sorcha Kenny and Abie Philbin Bowman with suggestions for Christmas presents for the culture-lover in your life

Thursday 1st December

Review: 'Cured', a memoir by Lol Tolhurst

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys”, a memoir by The Cure founding member and drummer Lol Tolhurst (published by Da Capo Press)

Loves: Tracey Emin artwork 'Baby Things'

The author Margaret Drabble explains why she Loves the trail of bronze artworks around Folkestone called ‘Baby Things’ by Tracey Emin

Kinopolis Polish Film Festival Dublin 2016

Zbyszek Zalinski profiles the Polish film director Andrzej Wajda who died this year and will be remembered at the Kinopolis Polish Film Festival Dublin next week

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Justin MacGregor review “Sully”, “Bleed For This” and “Chi-Raq”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - two Irish documentaries selected for Sundance Film Festival 2017, winner revealed of Bad Sex in Fiction Award, The Smiths to re-issue their first single

Wednesday 30th November

Live Collision International Festival 2016 at the Project Arts Centre

Zoe and and Maud Ní Riordan, creators of a live concept album called “Recovery” as part of Live Collision, a new festival of Irish and international work fusing theatre, music and dance running this weekend at the Project Arts Centre

'The Blocks' by Karl Parkinson

Karl Parkinson chats about his debut novel “The Blocks”, a coming of age story, about a young boy growing up in O’Devaney Gardens in north inner-city Dublin (published by New Binary Press)

'Hemmingway' by Kerrie O'Brien

Kerrie O’Brien reads “Hemmingway” from her debut poetry collection “Illuminate” (published by Salmon Poetry)

Winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016

Gerry Davis, winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize for his portrait of friend and fellow-artist Sean Guinan

Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine in session

Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine talk about their days with Planxty as a retrospective CD/DVD “Planxty: Between The Jigs and The Reels” is released

Arts News

with Alan Corr - women dominate list of best-paid musicians in 2016, a papal audience for screening of Martin Scorsese film 'Silence', Top 20 list of most expensive rare vintage vinyl releases

Tuesday 29th November

'Video Games Classic' at the National Concert Hall, with Eimear Noone and the RTÉ NSO

Composer Eimear Noone talks about specialising in composing music for film and video games; this Friday she will conduct the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in a programme of orchestral video game music and classical pieces which have inspired the genre

Review: 'New Orleans Funk 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-75'

Jim Carroll reviews the album “New Orleans Funk 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-75”

Duncan Campbell exhibition at IMMA

Cristín Leach reviews the film “The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy” at IMMA, the first new work by artist Duncan Campbell since winning the Turner Prize in 2014 and his first film based in the Republic of Ireland

'The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley' by Jeremy Massey

Jeremy Massey talks about how working as an undertaker in his family business helped him write his debut novel “The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley”, a man who works in a fictional funeral home and tells us about the last four days in his life (published by Riverhead Books)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - programme announced for the Abbey Theatre in 2017, RTÉ responds to speculation about future for some television programmes, production begins on famine drama 'Black 47'

Monday 28th November

A new album from Richie Ramone

Richie Ramone chats about her career as a drummer with American punk band The Ramones in the 1980’s, his solo career and latest album “Cellophane”

'Castles' by Tara Flynn, part of 'Looking At The Stars' anthology

Tara Flynn reads her essay “Castles” which is part of a collection of poems, stories and essays called 'Looking at the Stars', an anthology in aid of the Simon Community

A profile of Tommy Tiernan

Abie Philbin Bowman profiles the career of comedian Tommy Tiernan, as he embarks on a nationwide tour of his new show Under the Influence and his previous show ‘Out Of The Whirlwind’ has been released on DVD

'The Dark Flood Rises' by Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble talks about her latest novel “The Dark Flood Rises”, where the five main characters are all concerned with impending death and their mortality (published by Canongate)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - BBC reveal their longlist of top music stars, breakdown of historical accuracy in films, Kildare schoolboy wins all-island Song for 2016 competition

Friday 25th November

Album reviews

Sinead Ní Mhordha and Tony Clayton Lea review “We Got it from Here…Thank You For Your Service” from A Tribe Called Quest, “Goodnight City” from Martha Wainwright and “Gunslinger” from Garth Brooks

Lorcán MacMathúna and Féasta 100

Sean nós singer Lorcán MacMathúna who is one of the performers at “Féasta 100” on 3rd December, one of the main closing events of the 1916 commemorative year which specifically celebrates the role of the Irish language

Winter Papers, Volume 2

Writer/editor Kevin Barry and writer Sarah Maria Griffin chat about the latest “Winter Papers”, volume 2 of the annual Irish anthology of stories, essays and visual art (published by Curlew Editions)

Thursday 24th November

'The Last Poets' by Christine Otten

Christine Otten, author of “The Last Poets” (published by World Editions) and Umar Bin Hassan of one of the original New York hip hop groups, The Last Poets

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Stephen Boyd review “A United Kingdom”, “Allied” and “Paterson”

Wednesday 23rd November

Review: 'A Life In Parts' by Bryan Cranston

Harvey O’Brien reviews the memoir of actor Bryan Cranston, “A Life In Parts” (published by Orion)

Irish Film Festival London 2016

Fiona Mitchell was at the Irish Embassy in London for the launch of the Irish Film Festival London 2016

The Gilmore Girls return to television

Eithne Shortall previews the new series of The Gilmore Girls, which returns to Netflix for a 4-part special having been off tv screens for 9 years

Arts News

with Alan Corr - international award for Irish film The Young Offenders, Greystones is the self-publishing capital of Ireland, a Stars Wars Han Solo spin-off on the way

Tuesday 22nd November

Shortlist for the 2016 Costa Book Awards

Irish authors on the shortlist for the 2016 Costa Book Awards

Essay: Pink Floyd, the early years

To coincide with the release of the box set Pink Floyd ‘The Early Years 1965 – 1972’, Alan Corr with an essay about the important part the band has played in his life

Review: 'The Abode Of Fancy' by Sam Coll

Eithne Shortall reviews “The Abode Of Fancy” by Sam Coll, set around Trinity College Dublin it involves two main storylines - a group of men in The Thursday Club and the Mad Monk journeying through Ireland on a mission to find his dead brother (published by Lilliput Press)

'Dubliners Women' by Katie O'Kelly at the New Theatre

Katie O’Kelly who has adapted and directs “Dubliners Women”, a stage adaptation of some of the female narratives in James Joyce’s Dubliners (specifically the stories The Boarding House, Clay and Eveline); it opens at the New Theatre in Dublin next week

'Anatomy Of A Song' by Marc Myers

Marc Myers, author of “Anatomy Of A Song”, a chronicle of 45 hit singles spanning the years 1952 to 1991 and how this music reflects the social history of the USA (published by Grove Press UK)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Coronation Street and Emmerdale to return to TV3, the final line-up announced for Other Voices Festival 2017, biggest Hollywood flops of 2016

Monday 21st November

'One Time Season' by Pan Pan and Random Scream at Project Arts Centre

Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan Theatre and Davis Freeman of Belgian American theatre company Random Scream talk about their collaboration on “One Time Season”, a comedy about a drama therapy class in an imaginary prison which is currently running at the Project Arts Centre to mark the its 50th anniversary

'Geomantic' by Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan chats about and reads from her latest collection of poetry “Geomantic” (published by Dedalus Press)

William Trevor RIP

Author & journalist Eileen Battersby and lecturer at the School of Modern English UCC Eibhear Walshe remember the work and creative strengths of author William Trevor, whose death has been announced today

Friday 18th November

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Niall Byrne review “A Seat At The Table” from Solange Knowles, “Hardwired To Self-Destruct” from Metallica and “57th and 9th” from Sting

'Teethmarks On My Tongue' by Eileen Battersby

Eileen Battersby talks about her debut novel “Teethmarks On My Tongue”, set in the late 1980’s it’s the story of teenager Helen Stockton Defoe and her travels from Virginia to France and Germany and the odd characters she encounters along the way (published by Dalkey Archive Press)

'Mainstream' by Rosaleen McDonagh, produced by Fishamble

Fishamble theatre director Jim Culleton and playwright Rosaleen McDonagh talk about “Mainstream”, her play exploring concerns around disability and discrimination in Irish society (particularly towards travellers)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - general praise for re-booted Top Gear, the online series The Grand Tour, the Nobel Academy provide an update on Bob Dylan no-show, the nude dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday to JFK sells at auction

Thursday 17th November

Review: 'A Head Full of Ghosts' by Paul Tremblay

Declan Burke reviews “A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay, the story of a 14 year old girl possessed by the devil and the affect this has on her family (Stephen King says it scared the living hell out of him) (published by Titan)

'The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre', edited by Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash

Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene, editors of The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, a comprehensive examination of Ireland’s contribution to the world of theatre (published by Oxford University Press)

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Gavin Burke review “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”, “Gimme Danger” and “Indignation”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - winners of Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards which took place last night, novelist Mike McCormack slams UK literary culture, the nominations are in for this year's literary Bad Sex Awards

Wednesday 16th November

Violin masterclasses at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Daniel Rowland, Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London who is in Ireland this week to host a series of free master-classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

'Himself' by Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd talks about her debut novel “Himself”, a literary mix of mystery and magic realism set in a small village in the west of Ireland, a handsome anti-hero Mahony who returns to investigate the disappearance of his mother twenty-six years ago (published by Canongate)

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