Tuesday 22nd August

Review: 'Can't Stand Up For Falling Down' by Allan Jones

Róisín Dwyer reviews 'Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down: Rock n’ Roll War Stories' by Allan Jones (published by Bloomsbury)

Paul Muldoon curates a special programme of events at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Paul Muldoon who has curated a programme of events at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, using Seamus Heaney's final collection 'Human Chain' as the theme

'American Made', a film by Doug Liman

Doug Liman talks about his latest film 'American Made'

Monday 21st August

Review: 'Yesterday' by Felicia Yap

Arlene Hunt reviews 'Yesterday' by Felicia Yap (published by Wildfire)

'My Wishes For You' by Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins reads his poem 'My Wishes For You' from his latest collection 'Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'Artists: Their Lives and Works', with a foreword by Andrew Graham Dixon

Declan Long reviews 'Artists: Their Lives and Works', an illustrated coffee table book featuring more than 80 great artists from the 12th century to the present day (published by Dorling Kindersley)

Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire 2017

Tony Boland and Angie McLaughlin who are both performing at the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire this weekend

Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 - 'Why Won't You Have Sex With Me?' by Louise Bruton

Writer/disability activist Louise Bruton chats about her play 'Why Won’t You Have Sex With Me' at the Dublin Fringe Festival; festival director Kris Nelson chats about some of the other productions this year

Friday 18th August

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Dan Hegarty review 'Painted Ruins' from Grizzly Bear, 'Dark Days and Canapés' from Ghostpoet and 'Summer Dancing' from Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis

'Between Them: Remembering My Parents' by Richard Ford

Richard Ford reads an extract from his memoir 'Between Them: Remembering My Parents' (published by Bloomsbury)

A guide to National Heritage Week 2017

Sorcha Kenny with a round-up of what’s happening around the country for National Heritage Week next week

'The Kill God', a new play by Eoghan Rua Finn

Laura Way (director) and Eoghan Rua Finn (writer) talk about their new play 'The Kill God', set in a post-religious dystopian world where heathens hunt out the remaining believers

Thursday 17th August

Hanggai in session

Chat and live performance from Hanggai, throat singers from Mongolia who are performing their blend of traditional folk/rock at the Kilkenny Arts Festival this week

50th anniversary of 'The Third Policeman' by Flann O'Brien

Rob Doyle looks at what made the post-modern novel 'The Third Policeman' by Flann O’Brien such a sensation when it was first published 50 years ago

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Hilary White review 'The Dark Tower', 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' and 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power'

Wednesday 16th August

Review: 'Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill' by Jerry Dantzic

Donal Dineen reviews 'Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill' by Jerry Dantzic (published by Thames & Hudson)

My favourite books - Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack (who is one of the guests at the Books@One Festival in Louisburgh Co Mayo this weekend) chooses 3 of his favourite books

Clifden Arts Festival 2017

Brendan Flynn, founder of the Clifden Arts Festival which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year

A profile of Stephen King

Chris Wasser and John Connolly with a profile of Stephen King, looking at his literary work and as the inspiration for countless films

Tuesday 15th August

Review: 'The Fallen' by Ace Atkins

Declan Burke reviews 'The Fallen' by Ace Atkins (published by Corsair)

100th anniversary of 'Fountain' by Marcel Duchamp

Declan Long marks the 100th anniversary of the Marcel Duchamp artwork ‘Fountain’

Preview: 'The Defenders', a new series on Netflix

Maura McHugh previews a new Netflix series 'The Defenders', in which four tough but troubled Marvel superheroes fight crime and save the world

Monday 14th August

The history of Creation Records

In the latest in his occasional series on the history of record labels, tonight Jim Carroll looks at Creation Records

Review: 'In Search of Poetry' by Richard Murphy

Jessica Traynor reviews 'In Search of Poetry' by Richard Murphy, part memoir, part working journal and part poetry collection (published by Clutag Press)

Portraits by Mick O'Dea at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

Sorcha Kenny spoke to artist Mick O’Dea about his approach to portrait painting; he is painting sessions in front of a public audience at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

A demonstration of the Moog synthesiser

Roger Doyle who is in residency this week at the Science Gallery demonstrating how the Moog synthesiser works, as part of their Sound Check exhibition

Friday 11th August

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Eamon Sweeney review 'Fangclub' from Fangclub, 'Rainbow' from Kesha and 'Good Time' film soundtrack from Oneohtrix Point Never

'Antarctica' by Linda Buckley and David Power

Linda Buckley and uilleann piper David Power created 'Antarctica', a multi-media artistic installation inspired by the early expeditions to explore the Arctic

Edinburgh International Festival 2017

Michael Colgan - who is directing 'Krapp’s Last Tape' at the Edinburgh International Festival – with a guide to some of the other theatrical productions at the festival

'Collected Shadows', photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict

Roger Malbert of the Southbank Centre explains their touring exhibition 'Collected Shadows', photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict

Thursday 10th August

Review: 'Borne' by Jeff Vandermeer

Maura McHugh reviews 'Borne' by Jeff Vandermeer (published by Fourth Estate)

Studio session musicians The Wrecking Crew

Sandy Harsch looks at the glory days of studio session musicians like the Los Angeles-based The Wrecking Crew (which included Glen Campbell)

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Matthew Nolan review 'Atomic Blonde' and 'Annabelle: Creation'

Wednesday 9th August

Review: 'Madame Zero' by Sarah Hall

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'Madame Zero' by Sarah Hall (published by Faber)

Sinead Campbell Wallace and Redmond O'Toole at the National Opera House Wexford

Sinead Campbell Wallace (soprano) and Redmond O’Toole (guitarist) who are Music Network residents at the National Opera House Wexford

Preview of Comic Con 2017

Dave Hendrick previews Comic Con which comes to Dublin this weekend

Review: 'Prefab Sprout: The Early Years' by John Birch / Glen Campbell RIP

Ken Sweeney recalls the career of country music star Glen Campbell / he also reviews 'Prefab Sprout: The Early Years' by John Birch

Tuesday 8th August

10th anniversary of the album 'Boxer' by The National

Siobhan Kane marks the 10th anniversary of the release of The National album 'Boxer'

Review: 'The Dinner Party' by Joshua Ferris

Declan Burke reviews 'The Dinner Party' by Joshua Ferris (published by Penguin/Viking)

Alfred Brendel and the Schubert sonatas, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bernard Clarke with a profile of Alfred Brendel who is delivering a lecture on Schubert’s last piano sonatas at the Kilkenny Arts Festival this weekend

20 years of 'South Park'

Daniel Geary looks back at 20 years of the anarchic cartoon series 'South Park'

Monday 7th August

Great goodbyes in art and culture

As the impact of Brexit continues to make itself felt, a special programme dedicated to some of the great goodbyes in art and culture

Friday 4th August

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Simon Maher review 'Dark Matter' from Randy Newman and 'Call It Love' from Briana Marela

'Natterbeans' by June Caldwell

June Caldwell reads from 'Natterbeans', one of the short stories in her latest collection 'Room Little Darker' (published by New Island Books)

'Dark Corners: Cinema of the Weimar Republic', a new season at the IFI

Kevin Coyne explains what films audiences can expect to see at their upcoming season 'Dark Corners: Cinema of the Weimar Republic'

'Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History' by Adrian Mourby

Adrian Mourby talks about his latest book 'Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History' (published by Icon Books)

Thursday 3rd August

50th anniversary of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'

Rachel Breslin marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the debut album 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'

'Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life' by Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li talks about her memoir 'Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life' (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Simon Maher review 'Valerian & The City of A Thousand Planets', 'England Is Mine' and 'Maudie'

Wednesday 2nd August

The links between maths and music, with Prof Marcus de Sautoy

Professor Marcus de Sautoy on the music and mathematical symmetry in Bach's Goldberg Variations

'Entirely Hollow Aside From The Dark' at the Tread Softly Festival

Lorcan Clancy reports from the Caves of Keash in Sligo, where, as part of the Tread Softly Festival, he attended an event called 'Entirely Hollow Aside From The Dark'

'The 34th', a documentary by Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea

Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea, co-directors of 'The 34th', a documentary telling the story of the campaign for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015

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