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Wednesday 21st June

Review: 'This Tumult' by Caroline Preston

Andrew Hughes reviews 'This Tumult' by Caroline Preston (published by Lilliput Press)

Daniel Day Lewis retires from acting

Ruth Barton and film director Jim Sheridan react to the surprise announcement by Daniel Day Lewis that he is retiring from acting

Winner of International Dublin Literary Award 2017

The winner of the International Dublin Literary Award for 2017 - Portugese author José Eduardo Agualusa for 'A General Theory of Oblivion', with translator Daniel Hahn

Tuesday 20th June

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - the line-up announced for the 2017 Kilkenny Arts Festival, current director of IMMA leaving to take up a position at NCAD, headliners announced for Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Confession of the Lioness' by Mia Couto

Kay Sheehy with her final review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Confession of the Lioness' by Mia Couto

Essay: meeting Winnie the Pooh

Rex Ryan still remembers what happened when as a child he met his hero Winnie the Pooh

Pipeworks Organ Festival 2017

Lorcan Clancy reports on the Pipeworks Festival; the theme is Mighty Fortress, celebrating the musical legacy of the Protestant Reformation

Brendan Gleeson, star of 'Hampstead'

Sinead Mooney spoke to Brendan Gleeson about his leading role in the new film 'Hampstead'

Monday 19th June

Review: 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' by Arundhati Roy

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' by Arundhati Roy (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Review: 'Meet Me In the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll In New York City 2001-2011' by Lizzy Goodman

Jim Carroll reviews 'Meet Me In the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011' by Lizzy Goodman (published by Harper Collins)

'Move The Needle', encouraging women into the electronic music scene

Aoife Nic Canna (who is a DJ and member of Gash Collective) explains the idea behind 'Move The Needle', a documentary encouraging women to make electronic music

'Joyride To Jupiter' by Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O'Connor talks about her latest book, a collection of short stories 'Joyride To Jupiter' (published by New Island)

Friday 16th June

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Stephen Byrne review 'Spitting Image' from The Strypes, 'Melodrama' from Lorde and 'How Did We Get So Dark' from Royal Blood

'The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú' by Brownbread Mixtape

Kalle Ryan of Brownbread Mixtape explains the premise for 'The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú', an ensemble comedy parodying popular radio programmes

Preview: 'Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry' at the National Gallery

Declan Long previews 'Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry', the first major exhibition at the newly-refurbished National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday 15th June

'Far Away' by Caryl Churchill, in a production by Corcadorca

Leeanne O'Donnell spoke to the Corcadorca cast during their rehearsals of 'Far Away' by Caryl Churchill, being staged on Spike Island

Review: Nan Goldin and Vivienne Dick at IMMA

Aoife Barry reviews two major exhibitions at IMMA from photographer Nan Goldin (‘Weekend Plans’) and film-maker Vivienne Dick (‘93% Stardust’)

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Gavin Burke review 'Cardboard Gangsters' and 'Whitney: Can I Be Me'

Wednesday 14th June

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'A Whole Life' by Robert Seethaler

Kay Sheehy with her ninth review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist – 'A Whole Life' by Robert Seethaler (published by Picador)

Essay: seeing the world around you

Michele Forbes with an essay about children on a train and the attention they pay to the world right in front of them

'Toilers', re-staged as part of Tessellate and Cork Midsummer Festival

Fiona McGeown of Painted Bird theatre and dramaturg Thomas Conway explain their re-staging of 'Toilers'

'Room Little Darker' by June Caldwell

June Caldwell talks about her debut collection of short stories 'Room Little Darker' (published by New Island)

Arts News: National Gallery of Ireland re-opens after major refurbishment

National Gallery director Sean Rainbird on the excitement at the re-opening of the newly-refurbished building

Tuesday 13th June

'The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time', a collection from Crocosmia

The artist Clodagh Emoe and Marie Claire Mindi Njong and Sinisa Koncic who are two of the writers featured in 'The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time'

'Between Your Love and Mine', a requiem written by Leonard Cohen

John MacKenna directs 'Between Your Love and Mine', a requiem celebrating the life of young people who died prematurely, featuring the words & music of Leonard Cohen

Review: International Dublin Literary Award shortlist – 'A General Theory of Oblivion' by José Eduardo Agualusa

Kay Sheehy with her eighth review of the 10 novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'A General Theory of Oblivion' by José Eduardo Agualusa (published by Vintage)

Director and star of 'Cardboard Gangsters'

Mark O'Connor, director and John Connors, star of 'Cardboard Gansters', about a gang of young men chasing control of the drugs trade in Darndale

Monday 12th June

A history of record labels - Def Jam

In the latest in his occasional series on the history of record labels, Jim Carroll looks at the history of Def Jam Recordings

Review: 'A History of Running Away' by Paula McGrath

Áine Ní Ghlinn reviews 'A History of Running Away' by Paula McGrath (published by John Murray)

'Sound Check' at the Science Gallery Dublin

Abie Philbin Bowman visited 'Sound Check', an exhibition at the Science Gallery Dublin looking at ways in which unusual items can be used to make music

'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín talks about why he chose the Greek myth of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon as the basis of his latest novel 'House of Names' (published by Penguin Viking)

Friday 9th June

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and John Casey review the self titled album from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, 'Heartbreak' from Lady Antebellum and 'Truth is a Beautiful Thing'from London Grammar

'Mongolian Rhapsody', a documentary by Paddy Hayes

Paddy Hayes talks about his documentary 'Mongolian Rhapsody', which follows Irish musician Daire Bracken on a musical pilgrimage to Mongolia

Review: 'This Family of Things' by Alison Jameson

Arlene Hunt reviews 'This Family of Things' by Alison Jameson (published by Doubleday Ireland)

Thursday 8th June

End-of-year exhibition by NCAD Fashion Design graduates

Sorcha Kenny reports on the end-of-year exhibition by NCAD Fashion Design graduates which focuses heavily on Irish heritage and crafts

Opera Theatre Company and the 24 Hour Opera

Sarah Shine explains the concept behind the 24 Hour Opera, a production from the Opera Theatre Company’s Opera Hub

'The Weight of Him' by Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan talks about her debut novel 'The Weight of Him' (published by Atlantic Books)

Film reviews

Justin MacGregor and Alice Butler review 'The Mummy', 'My Cousin Rachel' and 'Norman'

Wednesday 7th June

Review: 'Love In Row 27' by Eithne Shortall

Mary McGill reviews 'Love In Row 27', the debut novel by Eithne Shortall (published by Corvus)

20th anniversary of Spiritualized album 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space'

Simon Maher marks the 20th anniversary of the Spiritualized album 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space'

Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017

The winner has just been announced of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - Naomi Alderman for 'The Power'

'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty talks about his Booker-winning novel 'The Sellout' (published by One World)

'No's Knife' by Samuel Beckett, performed by Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan talks about performing 'No’s Knife' by Samuel Beckett (an adaptation of the short story collection Texts for Nothing) at the Abbey Theatre

Tuesday 6th June

Review: 'Colours of the Wind: Ariadne's Thread', an exhibition by Anne Madden

Cristín Leach reviews the Anne Madden exhibition 'Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread' currently on show at the Hugh Lane Gallery

50th anniversary of 'The Graduate'

Daniel Geary marks the 50th anniversary of the film 'The Graduate'

'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' by Madeleine Thien

Canadian author Madeleine Thien talks about her latest novel 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing'(published by Granta)

Monday 5th June

40th anniversary of 'Exodus' by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Jim Carroll marks the 40th anniversary of the Bob Marley & The Wailers album 'Exodus'

'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' by Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien reads an extract from her novel 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' (published by Granta)

John Kelly's sculpture garden

Leeanne O'Donnell spoke to Australian-born artist John Kelly (who now lives in Cork) about his sculpture garden

'After Love' by Dani Gill

Dani Gill talks about her debut collection of poetry 'After Love' (published by Salmon Poetry)

Review: 'The 7th Function of Language' by Laurent Binet

Declan Burke reviews 'The 7th Function of Language' by Laurent Binet (published by Penguin)

Friday 2nd June

Album reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Simon Maher review 'Is This The Life We Really Want' by Roger Waters, 'Relaxer' by Alt-J and Home Counties by Saint Etienne

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