Wednesday 21st February

New Music Dublin Festival 2018

Uilleann piper David Power, Deirdre O'Leary and Lisa Dowdall from Crash Ensemble and John Harris, director of the New Music Dublin Festival

'A Long Way From Home' by Peter Carey

Peter Carey reads an extract from his latest novel 'A Long Way From Home' (published by Faber & Faber)

'House of Art: A Remarkable Journey Through The Portrait Collection of Leinster House'

Mick O'Dea, who presents the Oireachtas Television documentary 'House of Art: A Remarkable Journey Through The Portrait Collection of Leinster House'

Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling

Paul Young from Cartoon Saloon animation studios, the company behind Kilkenny Animated, a new festival celebrating visual storytelling

Tuesday 20th February

Cedric Gibbons celebrated in a conference at NCAD

Grace Lennon, one of the speakers at a symposium at NCAD where she will speak on the career of Hollywood film art director Cedric Gibbons

First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2018

Mary McGrath and Brendan Canty explain the idea behind the First Cut! Youth Film festival

'A Quarter Of An Hour', a new collection by Leanne O'Sullivan

Leanne O'Sullivan talks about the near-fatal illness that inspired her latest collection of poetry 'A Quarter Of An Hour' (published by Bloodaxe)

Monday 19th February

'Dark River' director Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard, director of the film 'Dark River'

Essay: decisions about eye surgery

Sonya Kelly with an essay about being told 'it's really up to you' when looking for advice from a doctor about possible cataract surgery

UK National Dance Award for Michael Keegan Dolan

Michael Keegan Dolan, creator of 'Swan Lake/Loch na hEala' for which he has just won the UK National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography

Review: 'Feel Free' by Zadie Smith

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Feel Free' by Zadie Smith (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Friday 16th February

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Alan Corr review 'Dear Annie' from Rejjie Snow, 'Everything Is Recorded' from Everything Is Recorded and 'Imogen' from River Matthews

'Randomer' by Colm Keegan

Spoken-word artist Colm Keegan chats about his home of Ballymun and family relationships which feature in his new work 'Randomer' (published by Salmon Poetry)

'Scorch', a play by Stacey Gregg

Stacey Gregg chats about her latest play 'Scorch', an exploration of gender identity through the character of a teenager called Kes

Thursday 15th February

'The Ethics of Scrutiny', a new exhibition at IMMA Collection: Freud Project

Daphne Wright, curator of 'The Ethics of Scrutiny', the second in a 5-year series of exhibitions of the works of Lucien Freud at IMMA

Review: 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris

Edel Coffey reviews 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz', the debut novel by Heather Morris (published by Harper Collins)

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Chris Wasser review 'Black Panther' and 'The Shape of Water'

Wednesday 14th February

A love special for St Valentine's Day

A love special for St Valentine's Day, looking at some of the great screen romances, books that took the theme of love in strange directions and unusual love songs

Tuesday 13th February

Celebrating 70 years of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, with current and former members Bill Dowdall, Debbie Clifford and Noel Eccles

'Emil Nolde-Colour Is Life' at the National Gallery

Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland gives a guided tour of 'Emil Nolde-Colour Is Life', their major exhibition of the work of the German expression artist

'Imagining: Home', a literary festival celebrating Canada and Ireland

Jane Urquhart, one of the guests at 'Imagining: Home', a 2-day literary festival at UCD celebrating the connections between Canada and Ireland

Monday 12th February

Review: 'Force of Nature' by Jane Harper

Hannah Parkes reviews 'Force of Nature' by Jane Harper (published by Flatiron Books)

A profile of Paul Schrader

Paul Whitington with a profile of film-maker Paul Schrader

'Porcelain', a play by Margaret Perry

Margaret Perry talks about her play 'Porcelain', opening soon at the Peacock stage at the Abbey

Friday 9th February

Album reviews

Brian Boyd and Edel Coffey review 'Always Ascending' from Franz Ferdinand, 'Damned Devotion' from Joan As Policewoman and 'Little Dark Age' from MGMT

3 books on....new beginnings

Yvonne Nolan with her recommendations for 3 books on new beginnings

Preview: 'Collateral', a new mini-series on BBC

Mary McGill previews the new BBC tv mini-series 'Collateral'

Findings of review into allegations of misconduct at the Gate Theatre

Eithne Shortall outlines what is contained in the statement from the Gate Theatre today

Thursday 8th February

Laura Moody, performer at the Spike Dublin Alternative Cello Festival

Laura Moody explains why she chose her alternative playing style; she is one of the performers at the Spike Dublin Alternative Cello Festival this weekend

'Restless Souls' by Dan Sheehan

Dan Sheehan chats about his debut novel 'Restless Souls' (published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Hilary White review 'The Mercy', 'The 15:17 To Paris' and 'Loveless'

Wednesday 7th February

Review: 'Rave On - Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music' by Matthew Collin

Michael Pope reviews 'Rave On - Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music' by Matthew Collin (published by Serpent's Tail)

Paul Curran, RIP

Spoken-word poet Paul Curran (who died at the weekend) reading 'Taxi' from his first book 'Recollections Of A Dublin Youth'

'Heroes and Villains' at the Crawford Art Gallery Cork

Anne Boddaert and Michael Waldron, curators at the Crawford Art Gallery Cork explain the exhibition 'Heroes and Villains'

'Thomas Moore Reawakened', a celebratory concert at the National Concert Hall

Simon Morgan explains 'Thomas Moore Reawakened', a long-term project of his to celebrate the music of the 19th century poet, singer and balladeer

'The Hoarder' by Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd chats about her latest novel 'The Hoarder' (published by Canongate)

Tuesday 6th February

'The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock' by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar chats about her debut novel 'The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock' (published by Harvill Secker)

'We Don't Know What's Buried Here', a play by Grace Dyas

Grace Dyas talks about the subject matter she tackles in her new play 'We Don't Know What's Buried Here' - the legacy of the Magdalene Laundries

The golden age of collecting, a lecture at the Chester Beatty Library

Inge Reist of the Frick Collection who will be giving a lecture entitled 'An Embarrassment of Riches: Art Collecting in Gilded Age America' at the Chester Beatty Library

Review: 'One Good Reason' by Susan Stairs

Declan Burke reviews 'One Good Reason' by Susan Stairs (published by Hachette Books)

Monday 5th February

50 years of Apple Records

Jim Carroll looks back at 50 years of The Beatles label Apple Records

'The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow' by Danny Denton

Danny Denton talks about his debut novel 'The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow' (published by Granta)

'The Need To Argue In The Master's Language', an exhibition by Alan Butler at VISUAL Carlow

Alan Butler explains how the video game Grand Theft Auto inspired the works in his exhibition 'The Need To Argue In The Master's Language' at VISUAL Carlow

Denis Lawson, star of 'Art' at the Gaiety Theatre

Denis Lawson talks about his role in 'Art' coming to the Gaiety Theatre and his career in film and television

Friday 2nd February

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and Simon Maher review 'Man Of The Woods' from Justin Timberlake and 'Walk Between Worlds' from Simple Minds

Review: 'Sive' at the Gaiety Theatre

Karin McCully reviews the Druid production of 'Sive' at the Gaiety Theatre

Film reviews

Áine O'Connor and Stephen Boyd review 'Phantom Thread', 'Roman J Israel Esq' and 'Journey's End'

Thursday 1st February

Celebrating Tom Murphy

A special programme live from the Abbey Theatre to celebrate the work of playwright Tom Murphy

Wednesday 31st January

Essay: the demise of the 'true' musical

Bill Hughes with an essay regretting the demise of what he considers to be the 'true' musical in favour of 'jukebox' musicals

'Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark' by Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor talks about his memoir 'Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark' (published by Polygon Books)

Richard Murphy RIP

Gerald Dawe remembers the life and work of the poet Richard Murphy whose death was announced earlier today

Monday 29th January

Review: 'The Woman In The Window' by AJ Finn

Declan Burke reviews 'The Woman In The Window', the debut thriller by AJ Finn (published by Harper Collins)

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