Monday 20th February

'Lost In France', a music documentary by Niall McCann

Niall McCann, writer & director of the documentary “Lost In France” about the iconic Glasgow music label Chemikal Underground

'Billions' on Sky Atlantic

Abie Philbin Bowman explains why the Sky Atlantic tv series “Billions” (with Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti) is so good

'Nails', an Irish horror film starring Shauna Macdonald and Ross Noble

Shauna Macdonald and comedian Ross Noble talk about their roles in the new Irish horror film 'Nails', directed by Dennis Bartok

'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', a comic opera by Gerald Barry

Composer Gerald Barry chats about finding inspiration in Lewis Carroll for his comic opera 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - 'Moonlight' beats 'La La Land' at Writers Guild of America Awards, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr making new music

Friday 17th February

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Aoife Barry review “Prisoner” from Ryan Adams, “Life Will See You Now” from Jens Lekman and “No Home Of The Mind” from Bing & Ruth

Loves: 'The Field' by John B Keane

Jean Butler explains why she loves the film of 'The Field' by John B Keane

Dublin's Culture Connects brings stories of Cabra and Finglas to the stage

Abie Philbin Bowman reports on a new work by Dermot Bolger, in collaboration with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin's Culture Connects and the communities of Cabra and Finglas to bring local stories to the stage

'Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith', a film by Stuart Staples

Stuart Staples talks about directing “Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - British singer Peter Skellern dies, artist Jesse Jones resurrects The Witches at the Venice Biennale, Oscar-nominees to get a very expensive goody bag

Thursday 16th February

'Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiements' at Highlanes Gallery Drogheda

Susan MacWilliam chats about “Modern Experiments”, a 20-year retrospective of her video works investigating paranormal phenomena

'Good Me, Bad Me' by Ali Land

Ali Land reads an extract from her debut novel 'Good Me, Bad Me' (published by Penguin Books)

Film reviews

Yvonne Judge and Simon Maher review 'Fences', 'The Founder' and 'Hidden Figures'

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Michael Colgan reveals his farewell programme at the Gate Theatre, Philip Pullman to release a new trilogy, Benedict Cumberbatch to star in adaptation of Ian McEwan novel 'The Child In Time'

Wednesday 15th February

'Census' by Jean O'Brien

Jean O'Brien reads 'Census' from her latest collection of poetry 'Fish On A Bicycle' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'Institutional Ghost' by Jac Leirner at IMMA

Declan Long reviews “Institutional Ghost”, an exhibition of the work of Brazilian artist Jac Leirner which has just opened at IMMA

Review: 'Unreconciled: Poems 1991-2013' by Michel Houellebecq

Jessica Traynor reviews 'Unreconciled: Poems 1991-2013', a collection by Michel Houellebecq (published by Penguin Random House)

A profile of African-American writer James Baldwin

Carl Austin profiles the African-American writer James Baldwin, as a documentary about his life 'I Am Not Your Negro' is nominated for an Oscar

'First Love' by Gwendoline Riley

Gwendoline Riley chats about her latest novel 'First Love', a chronicle of a toxic marriage and contemplation on whether you can find and keep love (published by Granta)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - major new tv drama about the US presidential election is planned, tv writer Stefanie Preissner has signed a book deal, poet Stephen James Smith unveils a love poem to Ireland

Tuesday 14th February

'Humans Need Not Apply' at the Science Gallery

Abie Philbin Bowman reports on the various exhibits at “Humans Need Not Apply” at the Science Gallery - showcasing the changing relationship between humans and artificial intelligence

Essay: love and Valentine's Day

Sonya Kelly with an essay about how public displays of love and romance shouldn't be limited to Valentine's Day

'Unless', a film by Alan Gilsenan

Film-maker Alan Gilsenan talks about adapting the Carol Shields novel 'Unless' for the big screen

Review: 'Let The Dead Speak' by Jane Casey

Arlene Hunt reviews 'Let The Dead Speak' by Jane Casey, the latest in her crime thrillers with detective sergeant Maeve Kerrigan (published by Harper Collins)

Monday 13th February

'Amanda Coogan: Long Now', by Paddy Cahill and Amanda Coogan

Film-maker Paddy Cahill and performance artist Amanda Coogan talk about collaborating on  “Amanda Coogan: Long Now”, a documentary about Amanda’s performance exhibition “I’ll Sing You A Song From Around The Town”

Essay: television

Sara Baume with an essay about her relationship with her television

'Girls' comes to an end

Sorcha Kenny profiles the Lena Dunham tv series 'Girls', examining why it was such an influential female-led tv series

'NewBliss' by Keith Donald

Keith Donald chats about his one-man show ‘NewBliss’ a musical memoir of his life from a troubled Belfast childhood to a successful career as a musician and recovery from alcoholism

'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman talks about his latest book 'Norse Mythology', a collection of short stories that comically re-tell the ancient Norse myths about the creation of the world (published by Bloomsbury)

Friday 10th February

Album reviews

Dan Hegarty and Róisín Dwyer review “Human” from Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, “The Waiting Game” from Una Healy and “Memories Are Now” from Jesca Hoop

'The End of Eddy' by Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis chats about his novel novel 'The End of Eddy', an autobiographical novel about his childhood in an impoverished family in rural northern France (published by Harvill Secker)

Review: 'Beyond Caravaggio' at the National Gallery

Brian Fay reviews 'Beyond Caravaggio', a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday 9th February

'How It Must Have Been' by Maurice Harmon

Maurice Harmon reads 'How It Must Have Been' from his latest collection of poetry 'Hoops Of Holiness' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'Spook Street' by Mick Herron

Declan Burke reviews 'Spook Street' by Mick Herron, the fourth in his 'Jackson Lamb' series of spy novels (published by John Murray)

Essay: the word feck

Sonya Kelly with an essay about the many uses of the word 'feck', a particularly Irish term

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Paul Whitington review '20th Century Women', 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' and 'The Lego Batman Movie'

Wednesday 8th February

Review: 'Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria'

Jim Carroll reviews the album “Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria”, on the Soundway Records label

'Dancing In The Street' by Pete Mullineaux

Pete Mullineaux reads 'Dancing In The Street' from his latest collection of poetry 'How To Bake A Planet' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'The Doll's Alphabet' by Camilla Grudova

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'The Dolls Alphabet', a collection of short stories by Camilla Grudova (published by Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Preston Reed in session

Preston Reed performs live and demonstrates the range of sounds that can be created on a guitar

Essay: the value of photography

Daniel Seery with an essay about the value of photography

'Humans Need Not Apply' and artist Ross Goodwin at the Science Gallery

Artist Ross Goodwin talks about artificial intelligence and the 'Humans Need Not Apply' exhibition at the Science Gallery Dublin

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - comedians perform for charity on St Patrick's Day, Carrie Fisher's final tv role in the series Catastrophe described as 'a fitting tribute', tv comedy writer Alan Simpson dies

Tuesday 7th February

Remembering the influence of musician David Axelrod, RIP

Siobhán Kane takes a look at the career of music composer/producer David Axelrod who died at the weekend

'The Abode of Fancy' by Sam Coll

Sam Coll reads an extract from his debut novel 'The Abode of Fancy' (published by Lilliput Press)

Eugeen van Mieghem exhibition at Hugh Lane Gallery

Logan Sisley, Exhibitions Curator at the Hugh Lane Gallery explains the background to the current exhibition of Belgian artist Eugeen van Mieghem

Review: 'The Successful TD' by John B Keane, starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy

David Keane reviews the stage production of 'The Successful TD' by John B Keane, starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - Cecilia Ahern joins prestigious American talent agency, Irish interest in votes by readers of film magazine for the Empire Award, Salman Rushdie's latest novel will be set in Obama/Trump presidency

Monday 6th February

Essay: getting a fish as a present

Sonya Kelly with an essay about getting a present of a fish

Scene + Heard Festival, Smock Alley

Playwright/comedian Pauline Shanahan and producer Liam Hallahan chat about this year’s “Scene + Heard” festival in Smock Alley

'The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice' by Ronan Ryan

Ronan Ryan chats about his debut novel 'The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice' (published by Tinder Press)

Corcadorca presents 'The Same' by Enda Walsh

Pat Kiernan, director of Corcadorca chats about directing the world premiere of 'The Same' by Enda Walsh, about two women named Lisa who may or may not be connected

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