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    Monday 31st August

    'The Story of Kullervo' by JRR Tolkien

    Gerard Hynes from the School of English Trinity College talks about “The Story of Kullervo”, a previously unpublished short story from JRR Tolkien with roots in Finnish folklore (published by Harper Collins)

    'Jellyfish' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015

    Alice Malseed performs an extract from her one-woman show “Jellyfish” at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, a journey through ten years of her life from Belfast to London

    Mamie Gummer, actress

    Actress Mamie Gummer talks about playing opposite her mother Meryl Streep in the new film “Ricki & The Flash”

    Wes Craven, RIP

    Horror writer/broadcaster Kim Newman with a profile of the horror film-maker Wes Craven who died yesterday

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - international concert pianist dies tragically in London, tributes paid to author/neurologist Oliver Sacks who died yesterday, Taylor Swift the big winner at last night's VMA's

    Thursday 27th August

    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Lauren Murphy review “What Went Down” by Foals, “Here And Now” by Ryan Sheridan and “Depression Cherry” by Beach House

    Film reviews

    Clara Rose Thornton and Justin McGregor review “Straight Outta Compton”, “Miss Julie” and “45 Years”

    Colm Keegan, poet and writer

    Colm Keegan whose tenure as writer-in-residence in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown ends as the exhibition “We Are What We Read” opens at dlr Lexicon Library

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Colm Meaney to play Martin McGuinness in a new film, new Star Wars film set for a record opening, new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary

    Wednesday 26th August

    'Brief Encounter'

    Ruth Barton looks back at the classic David Lean romantic drama “Brief Encounter” which is being screened at the National Concert Hall with a live score by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

    'I'll Remember', the Taste box-set

    Tony Clayton Lea on “I’ll Remember”, a 4-CD box set of hits by the Irish band Taste (founded by Rory Gallagher)

    'Miss Emily' by Nuala O'Connor

    Poet/writer Nuala O’Connor talks about her first historical novel “Miss Emily”, about a young Irish girl who becomes maid for the Dickinson family of Massachusetts where she strikes up a deep friendship with the gifted middle child Emily Dickinson (published by Sandstone Press)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - concerns over more Star Wars filming on heritage site Skellig Michael, mixed reviews for Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Hamlet, front cover and publication date revealed for Morrissey's novel 'A List Of The Lost'

    Tuesday 25th August

    'The Wheels Of The World' by Colin Harper and John McSherry

    Colin Harper and John McSherry, co-authors of “The Wheels Of The World”, a 300 year history of the Irish uilleann pipes (published by Jawbone)

    'Fly Me To The Moon' by Marie Jones

    Marie Jones talks about making her directorial debut with her play, the comedy “Fly Me To The Moon”

    Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, stars of '45 Years'

    Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay talk about their roles in the new film “45 Years”

    'Up Against The Night' by Justin Cartwright

    Justin Cartwright talks about his book “Up Against The Night”, the story of Frank McAllister who discovers that his ancestors were involved in the brutal massacre in Zululand in the 19th century when Zulu warriors slaughtered unarmed Boers (published by Bloomsbury)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - a Russian court jails a Crimean film director, child falls in museum and causes damage to 17th century painting, winner of funniest joke at Edinburgh Fringe Festival revealed

    Monday 24th August

    Sinead Gleeson recommends the latest paperbacks

    'Hiding in Plain Sight' Nuruddin Farah, 5 Vintage modern Scottish classics, Saint Mazie' Jami Attenberg, 'West With The Wind' Beryl Markham, 'Circling the Sun' Paula McLain, 'Handbook of the Irish Revival' Declan Kiberd & PJ Mathews, 'The Seven Good Years' Edgar Keret

    'Born To Run' by Bruce Springsteen

    Jim Carroll marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the Bruce Springsteen album “Born To Run”

    'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

    Hanya Yanagihara talks about her latest novel “A Little Life”, the story of a friendship between four college graduates who have just moved to New York (published by Picador)

    Viv Albertine at the Lughnasa International Friel Festival

    Viv Albertine (formerly of all-female punk band The Slits) who is a guest at Lughnasa International Friel Festival speaking on the subject of Women in Music

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - One Direction to take a break, Aidan Turner back for a new series of Poldark in 2016, David McSavage lands role in US series, Morrisey's first novel to be published in September

    Thursday 20th August

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Simon Maher review “Little Victories” by The Strypes, “Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and “Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied” by The Fratellis

    Film reviews

    Sorcha Kenny and Gavin Burke review “Paper Towns”, “The Wolfpack” and “Theeb”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Daniel O'Donnell will take part in next series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, graffiti artist Banksy unveils his new adult-only theme park, an Alan Patridge joke becomes a reality 18 years later

    Wednesday 19th August

    Review: 'Brush Back' by Sara Paretsky

    Arlene Hunt reviews “Brush Back” by Sara Paretsky, the 17th crime novel featuring female detective VI Warshawski (published by Hodder & Stoughton)

    Aideen Henry, poet

    Aideen Henry talks about the inspiration for her second collection of poetry “Slow Bruise” (published by Salmon Poetry)

    'Pleasure Ground' by Fregoli Theatre

    Maria and Jarlath Tivnan of Fregoli Theatre chat about their play “Pleasure Ground”, winner of the Michael Diskin Bursary Award and coming to the Town Hall Theatre Galway this weekend

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Abbey Theatre announces three new associate artists, Irish animated short film 'Coda' nominated for international cartoon award, Batgirl actress from 1960's tv series Yvonne Craig dies

    Tuesday 18th August

    Graphic novel “Hound: A Celtic Myth Set in Ancient Ireland”

    Barry Devlin and Paul Bolger explain the genesis of their graphic novel which is a re-imagining of the life and times of Cúchulainn - “Hound: A Celtic Myth Set in Ancient Ireland”

    'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert

    Mary McGill on the classic French novel “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert

    Thomas Bartlett, musician/producer

    Thomas Bartlett chats about being a musician/producer, how he got involved with the band The Gloaming and the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry

    Joe Dowling directs 'A View From The Bridge' at the Gate

    Joe Dowling on a career in theatre in Ireland and America and directing “A View From The Bridge” at the Gate Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Brown Bag Films sold, university professor will spend a year dressed as various David Bowie personas, Carl Sagan biopic in the works

    Monday 17th August

    Review: 'On Writing' by Charles Bukowski

    Dave Lordan reviews “On Writing” by American poet Charles Bukowski, a previously unpublished selection of his correspondence from the 1940’s to the late 1990’s showing the late Bukowski’s attitude to other writers and the world around him (published by Canongate)

    'Death By Video Game' by Simon Parkin

    Simon Parkin, author of “Death By Video Game” which asks if the over-use of video games is bad for our health (published by Serpents Tail)

    Tadhg O'Sullivan, director of 'The Great Wall'

    Film director Tadhg O’Sullivan explains why he chose to make “The Great Wall”, a documentary about the various walls and enclosures that are going up in countries all around Europe

    TV: 'Show Me A Hero' by David Simon

    Abie Philbin Bowman previews “Show Me A Hero”, a new American crime drama mini-series for television created by David Simon (creator of “The Wire”)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - major WB Yeats celebrations planned for the National Concert Hall in September, Dublin Book Festival takes place in Temple Bar in November, Morgan Freeman pays tribute to slain grand-daughter

    Friday 14th August

    Album reviews

    John Meagher and Aoife Barry review “The Trackless Woods” by Iris DeMent, “The Boombox Ballads” by Sweet Baboo and “Midnight” by Grace Potter

    Lughnasa International Friel Festival

    Sean Doran, artistic director of the Lughnasa International Friel Festival and Annabelle Comyn who is directing “Dancing At Lughnasa” at the Lyric Theatre Belfast

    Essay: David Jarman

    David Turpin with an essay remembering the late film-maker Derek Jarman

    TV preview: 'Narcos' on Netflix

    Joe Griffin previews the new Netflix series “Narcos” which tells the story of one of the wealthiest criminals in history – the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - awards for two Irish shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, American comedian Amy Schumer in singalong with Glen Hansard at a Dublin pub, Dave Gilmour says Pink Floyd has run its cours

    Thursday 13th August

    Review: 'Let Me Tell You' by Shirley Jackson

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writings” by the American writer Shirley Jackson (published by Penguin Classics)

    Essay: 'Display Show' at the Temple Bar Gallery

    Sara Baume with an essay reacting to ‘Display Show’, the current exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery (who commissioned her to write a response to each exhibition in their 2015/2016 season)

    Film reviews

    Brian Lloyd and Eithne Shortall review “Trainwreck”, “The Man From UNCLE” and “Precinct Seven Five”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - RTE Television launches biggest-ever autumn schedule, Minister announces funding for promotion of Irish art and culture abroad, Motorhead's Lemmy announces he switched to vodka 'for health reasons'

    Wednesday 12th August

    The history of gangsta rap

    Jim Carroll on the history of gangsta rap

    Mick O'Dea at Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Mick O’Dea is artist-in-residence at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival during which he will create on-site portraits of key participants and events at the festival; we meet him while he is working on a portrait of actor Barry McGovern

    Opera In The Open 2015

    David Wray, musical and artistic director of Opera In The Open and soprano Sandra Oman explain the challenges of creating 1-hour performances in the open air; this year the focus is on French opera

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