SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FLO’S DOMAIN BY JOAN MOFFAT

Flo’s Domain is her launderette. Flo provides a community service with open ears, wise counsel and a good heart. But the launderette is under threat and her little world and livelihood are at risk.

THE BUS JOURNEY BY COLIN LEWISOHN

This very short radio play is a testament to Rosa Parks and the continuing success of the American civil rights movement at the moment that Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….HOWARD ZINN

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. His classic book, A People’s History of the United States, has been called “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.”

Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and his passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a PhD in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman College, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by the college for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he taught until his retirement in 1988.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY.…CAVE CANEM EVENING

Cave Canem Evening featuring Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Patricia Smith, and Frank X Walker. Cave Canem (Beware of the Dog) is an organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry.

This celebratory poetry evening lasted for almost two and a half hours so we have included works from the first hour here. We will be broadcasting the second half of the show in the coming weeks.

 

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 which today feature MIRANDA SEYMOUR, writer of the memoir In My Father’s House and Noble Endeavours about England and Germany and Victoria Sadler, auditor turned Burlesque dancer.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes, once again starring Tom Conway. ‘The Solitary Cyclist’ is followed by ‘The Singular Affair of the Babbling Butler’

We close the hour with an author interview from KOBO and today’s guest is C.C. CHAPMAN.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are Inner Voice by Ben Chapman, The Long Goodbye by David Dobbs and A Fifteen Minute Walk by Ernie Stelzner.

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 Small Dark and Delicate by Doc Watson and Trog and Kron Almost Get It Right by Phillip Douch

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s…HUGH HOWEY, nice guy and gifted story teller of best-seller Wool – worth a read before Ridley Scott makes the movie!

 

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 Buccaneer featuring CLARK GABLE

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

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

Taken from Joyce’s 1914 collection ‘Dubliners,’ the author is immersed at the start of the story in the drab life that people live on North Richmond Street, Dublin, which seems to be illuminated only by the verve and imagination of the children who, despite the growing darkness that comes during the winter months, insist on playing “until their bodies glowed.” Even though the conditions of this neighbourhood leave much to be desired, the children’s play is infused with their almost magical way of perceiving the world.

A TALE OF NEGATIVE GRAVITY BY FRANK R. STOCKTON. READ BY NICKY HENSON.

A retired middle-aged gentleman and his wife take a long walk, arm-in-arm, many miles, up hills, across fields, with a laden knapsack and a heavy picnic basket, and yet they are completely at ease because of the gentleman’s invention, a negative gravity device, which they carry to lighten their weight. He realizes the invention has tremendous financial potential. However, this invention gets him into a humorous predicament and causes a problem for his family, which he resolves in an unexpected way. This short story was first published in 1886.

MONDAY 15th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CITIZENS ADVICE – THE MAKING OF A DOCUMENTARY Episode 5

At Audiobook radio we’re always pleased to bring you something a little different.  This six part series is set in a Citizens Advice Bureau; on the day that a documentary is being recorded.  The manipulating attitude of the documentary producer to ‘do gooders’ soon creates an atmosphere that there is going to be more to this day-in-the-life of a Citizen’s Advice Bureau than the dedicated staff have bargained for.  And, of course, there is.

A ‘political farce of identity’; the many threads are driven by, identity theft, identity crisis, false identity, mistaken identity, all weaving around the heart of the story; the worst act of ‘cleansed identity’ in modern history.

WAITING FOR A WINDOW

The Production company, Final Rune brings this intriguing play – when an unexpected storm brings our protagonist, Norman to an island paradise things aren’t entirely ship shape.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…..GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE

If you love books you probably have a favourite bookstore where you can go and know that not only will there be shelves of a wide variety of books where you can immerse yourselves but also knowledge, tips and conversation all around you. Brooklyn has one such store that recorded a range of interviews with bestselling authors.  Today’s episode originally aired on 1st October, 2014 features the mighty DAVID MITCHELL (Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream) on his new novel, The Bone Clocks, his illicit dreams of Amsterdam, and why Optimism is probably the best choice – in conversation with John Freeman (How to Read a Novelist). Also a reviews of selected books released that week.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY – BYRON, COLERIDGE & MORE

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 of the quality and breadth of Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and themes including Father’s Day and 4th July.

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 on 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….

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 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz who is the author of the 2015 American Book Award-winning An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Her expertise in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, the Sioux Nation and other indigenous peoples of the Americas is recognised around the world.

 

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 The Canterville Ghost by OSCAR WILDE featuring  SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER as the Ghost.

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

NEW VOICES

Today’s New Voices spotlights an interesting young Canadian written Sonya Watson.  We will hear from her as she tells us a bit more about her intriguing short story, Jack and Jill, which we get to hear in its’ entirety.  Sonya already has published other ebooks and audiobooks which are available from the usual suspects.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD DOUBLE BILL

Back when going to the movies meant a whole afternoon or evening’s entertainment not just the one movie Audiobook radio is proud to be home to the Hollywood Double Bill.  Adapted for radio with all the frills including the big stars and hosted by Roger Prior.  We have:

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE  the classic gripping story of dangerous love and betrayal starring LANA TURNER and JOHN GARFIELD

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY the comedy starring DANNY KAYE and VIRGINIA MAYO in their original movie roles

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

This comes to you courtesy of Miniature Masterpieces who have an excellent range of quality short stories from the masters of the craft.  Do search for Miniature Masterpieces at any digital store for further information.  This hour opens with

IN THE DARK by EDITH NESBITT read by RICHARD MITCHLEY followed by

FACTS IN THE CASE OF MONSIEUR VALDEMAR by EDGAR ALLAN POE read by BILL WALLIS

 

 

 

TUESDAY 16th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MEDUSA ON THE BEACH by MARTY ROSS

Set in a perfectly ordinary, past-its-best English seaside town. Except why has everyone there been turned to stone?  Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange tale of what happened when middle-aged and romantically disappointed hairdresser Marjorie Briggs found something in a polythene bag on the beach that didn’t belong there, something ancient and terrible – something with the power to seriously muck up the lives of Marjorie and all those she loves and hates, as surreal comedy shifts towards a very strange sort of Greek tragedy….

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…..BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a prolific writer and master of many genres, his books include the novel Carry Me Like Water, the young adult book Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and the poetry collection Dark and Perfect Angels.  Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…..THE DARK ROOM COLLECTIVE REUNION TOUR Part I

“Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour” with Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, John Keene, Tisa Bryant, Sharan Strange, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. The Dark Room Collective was formed in 1988 in Boston by a group of young African American poets as a means of providing community to both established and emerging writers in the form of a reading series. This 25th Anniversary event with nearly all of the original founding members marks the end of the group’s reunion tour

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am      

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….

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 by Tim Flannery of Australia is a major voice in chronicling the effects of climate change and proposing solutions. He has taught at the University of Adelaide and Harvard and was Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. He is a Professional Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

 

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 based on a Graham Greene story called When Greek Meets Greek introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER.

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. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s poet and writer James Knight whose recent work can be read on his Twitter account @badbadpoet

 

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…Madame Butterfly starring CARY GRANT and GRACE MOORE

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES HP LOVECRAFT & AM BURRAGE

This comes to you courtesy of Miniature Masterpieces who have an excellent range of quality short stories from the masters of the craft.  Do search for Miniature Masterpieces at any digital store for further information.  This hour opens with H P Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model followed by the prolific short story writer A M Burrage with The Witch of Oxshott.  Both are read by the brilliant actor and voice over master, Richard Mitchley.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE PRIME MINISTER’S DAUGHTER and THE LOTTERY BY LARRY WEINER

A Double-Bill in the bewildering company of hapless Private Eye Garson Krebbs.

In the first episode Krebbs receives a call from the British Ambassador to inform him that the Prime Ministers daughter has gone missing on her visit to New York; while in The Lottery, two old ladies appear and share their news and concern of a brother who has scooped a jackpot and subsequently vanished.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…JAMAICA KINCAID

Jamaica Kincaid, whose work has been called loosely autobiographical, has said, “Everything I say is true, and everything I say is not true. You couldn’t admit any of it to a court of law. It would not be good evidence.” Her recent novel, See Now Then, chronicles the death of a marriage like a beautiful elegy, where Mr. and Mrs. Sweet’s final years together are anything but. Kincaid immigrated from the West Indies at 17 to New York, where she eventually joined the staff of The New Yorker. Her books explore themes of colonialism and its legacy, and the complex relationships between mothers and daughters. She is the author of 19 books including the novel The Autobiography of My Mother and the memoir Among Flowers, chronicling her journey deep into the mountains of Nepal.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE. READ BY SEAN BARRETT.

Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the story of the Romantic archetype, the Wanderer, the man with the mark of Cain, doomed to walk the earth alone and alienated from all others. What is presented to the reader is a theme of guilt and remorse, juxtaposed with the background joy of a wedding feast. The audience is unwilling, but is forced to hear the tale anyway. It seems that as a penance for what he has done, the Mariner is compelled to tell his story whenever the agony returns. This poem is part of Coleridge’s daemonic group of poems, which also includes Christabel and Kubla Khan, intending a reconciliation of the poet’s self-consciousness with a higher state of being, but only reaching purgatory.

THE RAVEN BY EDGAR ALLAN POE. READ BY DAVID SHAW-PARKER.

The Raven has become one of America’s most famous poems, partly as a result, of its easily remembered refrain, “Nevermore.” The speaker, a man who pines for his deceased love, Lenore, has been visited by a talking bird who knows only the word, “Nevermore.” The narrator feels so grieved over the loss of his love that he allows his imagination to transform the bird into a prophet bringing news that the lovers will “Nevermore” be reunited, not even in heaven.

THE POETRY OF OSCAR WILDE. READ BY SEAN BARRETT.

Although Wilde is more fondly remembered and celebrated for his undeniably brilliant plays, his poetry also provides us with another reminder of his genius.

 

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 author KATE WILLIAMS who talks about her biography of Napoleon’s beloved Josephine who was born to a disaffected plantation owner, sent to France to marry, abandoned, shut in a convent, became a kept woman and court favourite but then along comes the Revolution and it was almost off with her head.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

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

Hollywood is indelibly printedY 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

A MODERN LOVER BY D.H. LAWRENCE. READ BY DAVID SHAW-PARKER

After two years away in a big city, a man is drawn back to the familiar countryside he loves and the people he hopes he still has something in common with.

 

THURSDAY  18th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE BALLAD OF C33 BY FRANCIS SARGENT & KNIGHT MARTELL

Lover of beauty Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading, after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years’ hard labour in prison.  During his imprisonment, he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. The finished poem was published by Leonard Smithers in 1898 under the name C.33 which stood for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. This ensured that Wilde’s name – by then notorious – did not appear on the poem’s front cover. It was not commonly known, until the 7th printing in June 1899, that C.33 was actually Wilde.  Performed by The Wireless Theatre Company.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…GEORGE SAUNDERS

George Saunders has written, “The land of the short story, is a brutal land, a land very similar, in its strictness, to the land of the joke.”  His story collections, including Civil War Land in Bad Decline and Pastoralia, feature characters who speak in a strangely futuristic language, often abbreviated, part sales pitch, part self-help, and are found in environs like twisted amusement parks and ridiculous theme restaurants. Saunders’ unflappable humanity for his characters, the haves and the have-nots, no matter how wretched they may be, leaves the reader hopeful. He said, “I think our brains basically came off the same assembly line, and that this is maybe one of the ways that fiction does what it does, even though we are all different people, different genders, with different backgrounds.” Saunders’ most recent story collection is Tenth of December.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY...WALT WHITMAN TRIBUTE EVENING

Featuring Eamon Grennan, Major Jackson, and Pattiann Rogers with Michael Silverblatt.

Walt Whitman (born Walter Whitman) (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist whose unrhymed, unmetered verse marked a radical departure in poetics and framed the American experience in terms that would greatly influence subsequent literature. Before Whitman, poetry written in America was largely English poetry written on a colonial shore. Whitman’s arrival was like the sounding of a liberty bell. Literary critic Harold Bloom has stated that “no Western poet, in the past century and half, not even Browning, or Leopardi or Baudelaire, overshadows Walt Whitman.”

 

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 LOUISE PENNY, best selling 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 CLASSICS

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 GARDEN PARTY BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD. READ BY EVE KARPF.

Widely anthologized, ‘The Garden Party’ is considered Katherine Mansfield’s finest piece of short fiction. Such modernist authors as Virginia Woolf were profoundly influenced by Mansfield’s stream-of-consciousness and symbolic narrative style. ”The Garden Party” is a remarkably rich and innovative work that incorporates Mansfield’s defining themes: New Zealand, childhood, adulthood, social class, class conflict, innocence, and experience.

THE GHOST AND THE BONE SETTER BY JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU. READ BY T.P. MCKENNA.

Irish journalist, novelist, and short story writer, called the father of the modern ghost story. Although Le Fanu was one of the most popular writers of the Victorian era, he is not so widely read anymore. Le Fanu’s best-known works include Uncle Silas (1864), a suspense story, and The House by the Churchyard (1863), a murder mystery. His vampire story ‘Carmilla,’ which influenced Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has been filmed several times. ‘The Ghost and the Bone-Setter’ first appeared in the Dublin University Magazine in 1838.

 

FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE GRIMM OF STOTTESDENE HALL by STUART PRICE

Based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Grimm takes you on a journey of madness, terror and gruesome, gruesome murder!  The decaying walls of Stottesden Hall are the setting for this spooky radio play by award winning team, writer Stuart Price and composer Michael Bruce.  Performed by The Wireless Theatre Company

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

Terry Tempest Williams is an award-winning author, environmentalist, and activist who writes about the intersection of environmental and social justice. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose and her environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.  She reads from her writings including her newest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.  She is introduced, and after her reading, interviewed by award winning author Colum McCann

 

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 of the quality and breadth of THOMAS HOOD, LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON, PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY & EDITH NESBIT amongst others. Vol 5

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 on 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…Tavis Smiley

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 Tavis Smiley, the well known PBS and public radio talk show host. He is the author of many books including Death of a King:The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year.

 

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 an adaptation of Four Meetings by HENRY JAMES introduced and featuring SIR RALPH RICHARDSON.

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

NEW VOICES

Today’s New Voices spotlights an interesting young Canadian written Sonya Watson.  We will hear from her as she tells us a bit more about her intriguing short story, Jack and Jill, which we get to hear in its’ entirety.  Sonya already has published other ebooks and audiobooks which are available from the usual suspects.

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

And now as Publisher’s Weekly is reformatting their podcast we will broadcast one of their interviews from their archives – Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X who is interviewed by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella about her compelling memoir.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD DOUBLE BILL

Back when going to the movies meant a whole afternoon or evening’s entertainment not just the one movie Audiobook radio is proud to be home to the Hollywood Double Bill.  Adapted for radio with all the frills including the big stars and hosted by Roger Prior.  We have:

PETRIFIED FOREST by Robert Sherwood starring HUMPHREY BOGART, TYRONE POWER & JOAN BENNETT

NINOTCHKA based on Ernst Lubitsch’s classic movie starring SPENCER TRACY and ROSALIND RUSSELL

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES VOL 10

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.

 

SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

HARD CENTRES BY CARL CHETTY. STARRING IMELDA STAUNTON & DEREK JACOBI.

Lonely brother and sister, Frankie and Millicent, have come out of retirement to run Hamilton Chocolatiers but changes are ahead. On a hot June day, love is in the air for the divorcee and widower – and we discover one or two skeletons…

 

PASSING THROUGH BY HELEN SHAY

An older woman and a younger man meet at a railway station. Just what is their relationship all about?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….LUIS ALBERTO URREA

Luis Alberto Urrea’s native Mexico has always served as the author’s muse, inspiring all 13 books that span five genres. His nonfiction The Devil’s Highway tells the harrowing story of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. Urrea’s novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter and its sequel, Queen of America, chronicle the life of beloved healer Teresita Urrea, deemed “the Mexican Joan of Arc.” Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea grew up along both sides of the border, forever affected by its dichotomy, brutality and richness, saying, “Borders everywhere are a symbol of what divides us. That’s what interests me.”

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY….KWAME DAWES

Kwame Dawes is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Born in Ghana in 1962, Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Dawes has also published 15 collections of poetry. His most recent titles include Back of Mount Peace and Hope’s Hospice. His book, Requiem is a suite of poems inspired by the illustrations of African American artist Tom Feelings in his landmark book The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo. He has also published two novels: Bivouac and She’s Gone, winner of the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007 he released a memoir, A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative, called “a poet’s eloquent meditation on the complexities of history, race and the oft-broken promise of America,” by Geoff Dyer.

 

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 JAYNE THYNNE, author of Black Roses that explores the Nazi wives and powerful love story author JODY ELLEN MALPAS

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Six Napoleons

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are Nobody’s Home by Alisdair Hurst, Down Post Office Lane by Andy Bodle and The Rabbit by Glen Long.

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: Winners and Losers by Pauline Masurel and Black Sheep by Hannah Teasdale.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today POLLY COURTNEY, the bright and engaging novelist and commentator whose brilliant latest novel, Feral Youth, is critically acclaimed as both book and audio book.

 

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…Dark Victory featuring BETTE DAVIS and SPENCER TRACY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

MRS PACKLETIDE’S TIGER BY SAKI. READ BY BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT.

In ‘Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger,’ Saki (H.H. Munro) tackles the Victorian-Edwardian fascination with wild-game hunting, as well as the timeless drive to keep up with the Joneses. In this case, the person with whom Mrs. Packletide must ‘keep up’ is not named Jones, but Mrs. Bimberton. Mrs. Bimberton has recently traveled in one of those new-fangled contraptions, the airplane, piloted by an Algerian aviator. As a result, she has become the toast of British-occupied India.

 

THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT BY D.H. LAWRENCE. READ BY DAVID SHAW-PARKER.

When a teacher receives a gift just as he is about to leave his house for school, little else occupies his mind as he looks forward to his evening and the company he yearns for.

 

ROMAN FEVER BY EDITH WHARTON. READ BY EVE KARPF.

The protagonists are Grace Ansley and Alida Slade, two middle-aged American women who are visiting Rome with their daughters, Barbara Ansley and Jenny Slade. Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade grew up in Manhattan, New York, and were friends from childhood. A romantic rivalry in their youth led Mrs. Slade to nurture feelings of jealousy and hatred against Mrs. Ansley.