SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SEX AND POLITICS by COLIN LEWISOHN

Tom thinks he knows himself well, he fancies women. Leaving his affair with Jo behind him Tom enters the world of sexual politics where he faces a challenge to his very identity. It is the mid 1980s and the pursuit of gay rights is now at the centre of the political stage. But how will the pursuit of justice fare in the murky world of political intrigue and what will be the personal costs?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… RICHARD POWERS

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…DEREK WALCOTT OBE

Derek Walcott, is a hugely talented poet, playwright and visual artist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011 for White Egrets.  Here he reads some of his work and then is interviewed by Glyn Maxwell.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features Henrietta Green, award winning food writer and broadcaster

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Dancing Men.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are A Grand Gesture by Jess Brownrigg and The Open Window by Harsh Agarwal.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Wherever I Lay My Hat by Julie Green and Venus by Clare Reddaway.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today PETER JAMES, Brighton charmer, film producer and international best seller of crime thriller fiction.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE interviews DW GRIFFITHS and unveils Alice Adams featuring CLAUDETTE COLBERT and FRED McMURRAY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

GRACE BY JAMES JOYCE. READ BY T.P. MCKENNA.

Joyce’s story begins with an unconscious man who has fallen down the stairs in a pub after heavy drinking. A friend of his, Mr. Power, finds him, reveals him to be named Tom Kernan, and takes him home to his wife. Kernan is a salesman who once possessed an easy charm and manner but has since descended into alcoholism. An injury to his tongue sustained during the fall keeps Kernan in bed. Two days later, he is visited by his friends Power, M’Coy, and Cunningham. The friends have concocted a plan to get Kernan to attend a Catholic retreat with them. The four discuss many matters and finally settle upon religion.

MAD BY GUY DE MAUPASSANT. READ BY DEREK JACOBI.

French author of the naturalistic school, generally considered the greatest French short story writer. Maupassant took the subjects for his pessimistic stories and novels chiefly from the behaviour of the bourgeoisie, the Franco-Prussian War, and the fashionable life of Paris. During the last years of his life, Maupassant suffered from mental illness.

MONDAY 19th NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

Bastion West on the Information Highway by the Wireless Theatre Company

Somewhere in the future Bastion West, the famed Bon Vivant and his friends become marooned in the internet as they are beamed from one cyber party to the next. As their identities break down their situation becomes desperate until they meet a strange entity. www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…. Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen‘s debut novel is The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam, told in the form of a forced confession by a spy for the communist-held North. The New York Times said of the book, “The great achievement of The Sympathizer is that it gives the Vietnamese a voice and demands that we pay attention. Until now, it’s been largely a one-sided conversation.”   After reading extracts of his work he will be interviewed by Chinese American writer Maxine Hong Kingston.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to John Milton and John Clare and themes including February, the Graveyard Poets and the Female Poet. VOL 16

All of them are from a dedicated poetry publisher – Portable Poetry who believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other things can’t. Their range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a range of themes. Check them out at your usual digital store such as Amazon or iTunes or at https://www.deadtreepublishing.com/ That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….REBECCA SOLNIT

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world.  This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that.  We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and  power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media.  Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand.  Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net Today’s talk is given by Rebecca Solnit an award-winning essayist and environmental historian, and is on Making & Breaking Stories.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on Zodormirsky’s Duel by DUMAS, introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER vol 10

 THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES featuring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE in more of these timeless classic adventures.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

NEW VOICES

This episode of  New Voices spotlights Dr Robert K Wheeler who was inspired to write the story, The Witch of Endor : Vampires. This is a suspenseful, edge of your seat, paranormal romantic fantasy like none other!  Lilith grew up speaking with the dead and can wield magic.  One night she meets a man who was cursed for killing Cain.  His dark secret was only revealed when she followed him one night.  It was too late to turn back for she was already in love, so she allows him to turn her into a vampire.  The curse deforms their daughter Medusa whose gaze turns mortals to stone.  The coven is under assault by a renegade named Maldivar Accludar who using werewolves hunts down and kills the other undead drinkers of blood.  The Witch of Endor: Vampires has a 4.7/5 star rating on audible.com and is narrated by Jas Walker.

We hear the first few chapters of the book and you can hear the rest or purchase this book by visiting  www.rkwheeler.com, audible.com or amazon.com.  Dr. Wheeler is offering 50 free copies of The Witch of Endor: Vampires to UK listeners through Audible.  To receive a chance for your free copy email, live2game@gmail.com.

  

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as producer William Keighley unveils…MILDRED PIERCE starring ROSALIND RUSSELL & ZACHARY SCOTT

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES VOL

GHOST STORY BY MARK TWAIN READ BY STUART MILLIGAN

Humourist Mark Twain’s take on horror is surprisingly convincing at creating an atmosphere of terror as our narrator endures a haunting of gigantic proportions.   Ultimately Twain’s characteristic style prevails.

 THE DREAM BY MARY SHELLEY READ BY GHIZELA ROWE

The dream of this short story occurs to the young and beautiful Constance, the Countess of Villeneuve whose grief for the death of her father and brothers is so great that she passes ‘many a day of tears and many a night of restless misery.’  The king, Henry IV of France orders her to marry so her immense estate will be upheld but she would rather remain isolated and see no one.  However, the dream changes her life forever.

 

TUESDAY 20th NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SOFT CENTRES BY CARL CHETTY featuring JOANNA LUMLEY AND DEREK JACOBI

Soft Centres is set in a chocolate shop. It’s Valentine’s Day, but there’s about as much love in this emporium as you might expect in a nest of vipers! Millicent and Frankie have been working together for more years than either of them care to remember. But in spite of their advancing years and working proximity, their relationship seems based entirely on conflict and a never-ending stream of insults. However, this Valentine’s Day marks a ‘melting moment’ in the hatred between these two confrontational ‘chocolatiers’, and we discover what lies at the heart of their mutual loathing.

THE PUDDLE BY GARETH BROWNOK

A truly strange tale told by our narrator, a puddle obsessed busker. Follow the story of Chris Harris who finds solace in a nearby puddle.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… MARGARET ATWOOD

Margaret Atwood is an extraordinarily talented writer of poetry, literary criticism, non-fiction and of course novels including The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983) and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…. SEAMUS HEANEY

Seamus Heaney reads his own work followed by a chat with the late, great Seamus Heaney interviewed by Dennis O’ Driscoll

Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family which would eventually contain nine children. He uses all aspects of Irish culture, history, folklore, song, myth, and religion to write poetry that not only describes the Irish experience to the reader, but also allows the reader to feel the experience and emotions of the Irish people. Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features LAURA MARNEY, a talented Glasgow born author of four novels and numerous short stories and Anne Jirsch is a future life progressionist who explained her life path from being a hippie travelling in India to Tarot reader and now a very successful business woman. Anne also talks about her close relationship with hypnotist Paul McKenna.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Empty House

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are A Breakdown on the Motorway by Simon Mason and A Picnic in Paris by Mark Yansen.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to The Captain by Phillip Douch and Blue Genes by Elaine Miles.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today ELIF SHAFAK, the award winning novelist, whose most recent book is the mesmerising Honour.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…Jezebel featuring LORETTA YOUNG

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE WHITE SILENCE BY JACK LONDON. READ BY WILLIAM DUFRIS.

The White Silence introduced London’s hero of the Yukon and the Klondike, the Malemute Kid. The story also introduced the dominant philosophical and stylistic patterns that characterize not only the stories and the novel of this first period of London’s career, but of the whole range of his fiction as man battles with the elements of nature. Here, Malemute accompanies a man and his wife through the Yukon in an attempt to get to civilization before Spring.

THE MONKEY’S PAW BY W.W. JACOBS. READ BY PATRICK MALAHIDE.

Be careful what you wish for is both the morale and the plot of “The Monkey’s Paw”. The parents want everything wonderful for their son and make wishes on a charm which they hope will result in a better life for the whole family. Unfortunately their wish for financial gain results in tragedy. First published in 1902.

THE GIRL FROM ARLES BY ALPHONSE DAUDET. READ BY STEPHEN FRY.

Alphonse Daudet was born in Nimes, where he spent the first eight years of his life. Daudet’s early years were shadowed by the irritable character of his father, a silk manufacturer. After the collapse of the business, the family moved to Lyons. Daudet did not like his new surroundings and he attended school only sporadically. Daudet wrote his first novel at the age of 14. He worked as a teacher in Alais, but in 1857 Daudet moved to Paris, where his older brother Ernest had settled. To earn his living, Daudet contributed to newspapers, especially for Figaro.

 

WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FRACTURED LIVES BY ALICE COLLINS

The story of William, returning home from the battlefield to try and restart a life he used to know; but soon learning that the casualties of WW2 are not just amongst the dead. Far too many men were maimed and disabled with scars, both physically and mentally, that would continue to blight them for the rest of their lives…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… NOAM CHOMSKY

Noam Chomsky is a world class thinker and leader of Liberal America so therefore vilified by the Right. However, all would agree that his opinions and facts engage and drive the debate.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY….CLAUDIA RANKINE

Claudia Rankine reads her own work and then is interviewed by Saskia Hamilton.

Claudia has written lyrics, essays, film scripts, a play that was performed on a bus and a recent collection of poems called Citizen.  She questions the personal and public self and plays with media, genre, style and punctuation.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features PROFESSOR JANE RIDLEY, historian and biographer of Bertie – Edward VII and RACHEL COOK, journalist and author of Her Brilliant Career on the lives of 1950’s housewives

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Missing Three Quarter

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are

Choose your own Adventure by Kit Lovelace and Down Old Compton Street by Clayton Littlewood.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Carpe Diem by Natalie Bown and The Diary by Mark Rutherford.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today ANDREA DI ROBILANT, widely praised Italian writer and journalist who writes elegant, informative prose in both languages as evident from A Venetian Affair and his latest book Chasing the Rose.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils The Champ featuring WALLACE BEERY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE DEAD HAND WILKIE COLLINS. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

It’s 1850 and young, easy-going Arthur Holliday visits Doncaster for the races, but all the hotel rooms are full, all that is, except for one remaining twin room that he’ll have to share with a stranger. After agreeing to take the room Arthur discovers his room-mate is recently deceased. Even then, all might be well if it wasn’t for the dead hand…

ON BEING IDLE BY JEROME K. JEROME. READ BY HUGH LAURIE.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation, then, and a most exhausting one. A few intriguing tips and observations on a fascinating pastime…

 

THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

RETRO ACTIVE ANTI-TERROR BY ALEX IRVINE

One of the HorrorScope radio plays from the ‘Nightmares on Congress Street collection, “Retroactice Anti-Terror,” by Alex Irvine, is a science fiction story that presents a very real futuristic political horror.

THE WIND BY RAY BRADBURY

Classic Ray Bradbury…Meteorologist John Colt travels to the Valley of the Winds and finds the place where the winds gather to plan their destruction. When the winds realize he knows too much, they come after him in his home and seek to absorb him and add their voice to those of all the others they have killed

AT SEA BY STEPHEN R. SMITH

Two lovers decide whether they will stay together in this short play.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… MAUDE BARLOW

Maude Barlow educates people all over the world about the crisis of water privatization, and documents how commodification of water results in soaring rate increases and severe water shortages. She says, “Life requires access to clean water; to deny the right to water is to deny the right to life.” In her work she particularly advocates for the world’s poor, who in some cases pay more for potable water than do wealthier people in the same communities. She travels and lectures widely, arguing that water is a basic right and should not be a commodity.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic Beat Poetry followed by…LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the prominent poet whose voice still resounds and remains relevant although nearly 10 years old….the most interesting resident at City Lights book store!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features…

JACKY DONOVAN, business woman turned dominatrix, talking about her book Instant Whips and Dream Toppings and Tessa Stuart supermarket branding supremo.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Greg Wagland superbly narrates The Priory School

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are

Crab Dinner / The Goldfish by Fred and Kerry Crawley and Long Legs by Bill Singh.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Black Sheep by Rosemary Senior and Erthenta by Alison Lock.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today MARIO LEVI, one of the most important modern Turkish writers.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywoodis indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils The Virginian featuring GARY COOPER

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE BAGMAN’S STORY BY CHARLES DICKENS READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

An uncharacteristically happy story taken from ‘The Pickwick Papers’. Dealing with themes of marriage and having an overall positive tone, this tale is uplifting and gentle, with a reassuring and welcome direction.

LOST HEARTS BY M.R. JAMES READ BY RICHARD PASCO.

An orphaned boy comes to live with his reclusive relative, but there are strange manifestations in the house. The ghost children want vengeance – and they want it now. A classic ghost story from a master storyteller.

 

 

FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CHOCOLATE ORANGE BISCUITS by LISA PARRY

Indulge yourself with this selection of four short plays that all feature, at some point, chocolate, oranges or biscuits!

FERRY LIGHTS by CLAUDIA WARD

Some people can lighten their load on a ferry as you will hear in this revealing drama.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz born in Lithuania in 1911, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. Mr. Milosz worked for the Resistance in Warsaw during World War II, editing anti-Nazi books and pamphlets. He has published 21 books of poetry since his first, A Poem on Frozen Time, appeared in 1933.  He recites many of his poems followed by a talk with Helen Vendler

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to poets.  In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of Robert Southey, Charlotte Smith and themes such as Heaven and Metaphysical Poets. Vol 8

All of them are from a dedicated poetry publisher – Portable Poetry who believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other things can’t. Their range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a range of themes. Check them out at your usual digital store such as Amazon or iTunes or at https://www.deadtreepublishing.com/ That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BARBARA EHRENREICH

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world.  This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that.  We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and  power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media.  Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand.  Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.   Today’s talk entitled Kicking People When They Are Down and is given by Barbara Ehrenreich an American author, journalist and political activist who describes herself as “a myth buster by trade”, and has been called “a veteran muckraker” by The New Yorker.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on a play by H.G.Wells called The Man Who Could Work Miracles introduced by SIR RALPH RICHARDSON and featuring ALEC GUINESS as both hero and narrator.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES featuring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE in more of these timeless classic adventures.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. Today’s show features author interviews from the archive.

Author Richard Rothstein discusses his new book, ‘The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America’ and author Yvette Johnson discusses her new book, ‘The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright.’

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER featuring GREGORY PECK

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES VOL 7

THE LAGOON BY JOSEPH CONRAD

The Lagoon is a story centred on the courageous Arsat and his derring do and longing for a woman whom now ill, was forbidden fruit but like the Lagoon itself it has unknown depth and darkness that speak of the human condition.

MA’AME PELAGIE BY KATE CHOPIN

Kate Chopin’s poetic prose delight with this bittersweet tale of the self-sacrificing Southern woman Ma’ame Pelagie who is immersed in her past and finding it difficult to reconcile herself to the present.  Not a rosy past but the former glory of her home provides strength.  Well worth a listen.

 

SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER BY H.P. LOVECRAFT

Harley Warren and his protégé Randolph Carter have trekked through long-abandoned woods in search of a fabulous and ancient treasure, but only Warren has the fortitude to descend into the ancient crypt they eventually find. At first, Carter is annoyed at being left on the surface, but as he hears his mentor’s tales through a military phone, he changes his mind.

MR HUMPHREYS AND HIS INHERITANCE BY M.R. JAMES

Mr. Humphreys is an academic, who unexpectedly inherits a large country house and fortune from an Uncle he never met. Moving into the house he is fascinated by a maze in the garden, built by an ancestor, and to which his Uncle had never allowed visitors to tread. Exploring the maze Mr. Humphreys discovers a mysterious globe in the centre…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… NAOMI KLEIN

Naomi Klein’s intelligence and perception provides a radical view on the world that finds great favour among many. As a teenager she lived her life in shopping malls and maybe somewhere between the two lies the real Naomi Klein.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic American Poetry followed by…. MARK STRAND

Mark Strand was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934, and was raised and educated in the United States. Described as a “poet of mood, of integrated fragments, of twilit landscape, and of longing,” Mr. Strand has said, “I think the reality of the poem is a very ghostly one. It doesn’t try for the kind of concreteness that fiction tries for. It doesn’t ask you to imagine a place in detail; it suggests, it suggests, it suggests again.”

His nine poetry books include Blizzard of One, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor; The Continuous Life; and Reasons for Moving. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features LOUSIE PENNY bestselling Canadian author and JODY DAY the Founder of Gateway Women – the global friendship and support network for childless-by-circumstance women. Her book ‘Rocking the Life Unexpected’ introduces some radically new ways for childless women, and those who care about them, to think and feel about their situation.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Red Headed League

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are

Keep Breathing by Catherine Semark and Brothers by Rob Lawrence.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to: Cleopatra’s Needled by Stephanie Weston, Prospects by Geoffrey Heptonstall and Brief Encounter by Stephanie Weston.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today OLIVIA LICHTENSTEIN, BAFTA winning documentary maker and talented writer of page turner Mrs Zhivago of Queen’s Park and intriguing Things Your Mother Never Told You. Both as a visualist and wordsmith she is engaging and thoughtful with a viewpoint that’s both modern and mature.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils Ruggles of Red Gap featuring CHARLES LAUGHTON

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES .

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH BY EDGAR ALLAN POE. READ BY WILLIAM DUFRIS.

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death’’ was first published in 1842. In the original publication, the title was given the English spelling of “mask,’’ yet it was changed to “masque” in 1845. In this macabre tale, a Prince Prospero seals himself and a thousand of his friends into the abbey of a castle in order to protect them from a deadly pestilence—The Red Death—that is ravaging the country. But when the group indulge in a lavish costume ball in order to distract themselves from the suffering and death outside their walls, the Red Death, disguised as a costumed guest, enters and claims the lives of everyone present.

A TERRIBLY STRANGE BED BY WILKIE COLLINS. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

Charles Faulkner, a young American gambler in Paris, should have left the casino after striking it lucky. Why on earth did he accept to sleep in the casino’s guest bed? This was to be the most horrible night he had ever lived.