SUNDAY 19th AUGUST

12 noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED – Season Two Episode 16 THE REVELATION Part II

In Season One, set in the mid-21st century, fuel was running out, food was scarce, Acts of God – and humans – took down the grid and everything else. Civilisation ground to a halt. And then things got really bad.  But they survived.  And now in Season Two of the epic apocalyptic drama our motley band of heroes is traveling a treacherous river, but nature is only the beginning of the challenges they will face because in the shadows of the City of Corinth, a great evil has unlocked the secret to controlling the minds of millions: fear and violence.

The Production company, Final Rune, is centered on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhaigh who not only writes, produces and directs “The Cleanse” but much else besides. Plus he has a talented cast and crew who give it their all so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at Final Rune.com

THE GROUNDED
Another good play courtesy of Pindrop Theatre which was founded to use theatre and all the performing arts to promote social inclusion – theatre for change.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… DINAW MENGESTU

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and emigrated to join his father in the US, who had fled the communist revolution in Ethiopia. Mengestu has written for many publications and wrote the novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears which the NY Times Book Review reviewed as “a great African novel, a great Washington novel, and a great American novel.”    Here he reads extracts and is interviewed by Penn Szittya from Georgetown University’s English department where Dinaw studied.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY

A special collection of Scottish poetry is followed by:

Philip Levine is known for his original style and voice. Readers of American poetry recognize him as the pre-eminent American poet living and writing in the U.S. Among his many awards are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (1987), a National Book Award for Poetry (1991), the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry (1991), and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1995).

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….DAVID SUZUKI

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 The Nature of Things is given by David Suzuki an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, author and broadcaster.

 

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 ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S The Suicide Club 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 who this week are on holiday so have chosen their favourite interviews of 2015, namely, marine biologist James McClintock and Wil Haygood about his book on Thurgood Marshall

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s award winning writer EVIE WYLD who The Independent describes as ‘A young writer with talent to burn.’ She was born in London but also grew up in Australia which has forged her early stories.

 

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…Each Dawn I Die starring GEORGE RAFT and LYN BARRY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

SOULS BELATED BY EDITH WHARTON PART II READ BY JANET MAW

This story focusses on Lydia and her American lover, Gannet, who have runaway to Europe to be together, having rejected the social conventions of society on such liaisons.  Full of insight and wonderful characterisation.

LAURA BY SAKI READ BY BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT

Masterful short story writer, Saki, revels in dark humour in this tale that could be about reincarnation but is definitely intriguing.

 

 

MONDAY 20th AUGUST

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CITIZENS ADVICE – THE MAKING OF A DOCUMENTARY Episode 2

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.

INTENSIVE CARE

The Production company, Final Rune and Mad Horse Theatre Company brings this play adapted by the multi-talented Fred Greenhalgh.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… TRIBUTE TO DAVID FOSTER WALLACE PART 2

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was one of the most acclaimed and influential American writers of his generation. A gifted novelist, essayist and humourist, he is best known for his 1996 opus, the novel Infinite Jest. Courtesy of the Lannan Foundation this recording celebrates his life and work with writers David Lipsky, Rick Moody, and Joanna Scott who read some of their favourite selections from Wallace’s writings including Pale King, published posthumously. Michael Silverblatt, host of the radio interview program, Bookworm introduces and moderates the proceedings.

 

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 ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, ELLA WHEELER WILCOX and themes including KISSING and TRAVEL amongst others.

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…JONATHAN KOZOL

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 on Humanizing Public Education and is given by Jonathan Kozol who as a public school teacher and author has documented inequities in the U.S. education system. He won the National Book Award for Death At An Early Age and his other books include Amazing GraceIlliterate America and The Shame of the Nation.

 

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 Vanity Fair by THACKERAY entitled Becky Sharpe, 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

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. On today’s show author Elaine Weiss discusses her new book, ‘The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote’ and PW senior news editor Calvin Reid recaps the PubTech Connect conference.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s ALEX HOURSTON whose new novel Love After Love reveals insight to the theme of infidelity.

 

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:

HIGH SIERRA by W R BURNETT starring HUMPHREY BOGART & IDA LUPINO

ANNA KARENINA based on Tolstoy’s classic novel starring GREGORY PECK & INGRID BERGMAN

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES – KIPLING/SAKI/DEFOE Vol I

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 Rudyard Kipling’s ‘My Own True Ghost Story’

Then we hear the dark humour of Saki in Tobermory read by Richard Mitchley followed by Daniel Defoe’s story entitled The Apparition of Mrs Veal read by Ghizela Rowe

 

TUESDAY 21st AUGUST

Noon & 8pm & 4am

DAY OF THE DEAD .

The Production company, Final Rune, is centered on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhaigh who not only writes, produces and directs but much else besides.  Plus he has a talented cast and crew who give it their all so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at Final Rune.com

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… ….YIYUN LI

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996 where her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and was described by the Washington Post as “a remarkable debut”—it’s one of those rare short story collections where you find yourself reading one perfectly realized gem after the next. Her recent novel, The Vagrants, is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society that eventually led to the Tiananmen Square uprising. Li is introduced and interviewed by Brigid Hughes after her readings.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…KEVIN YOUNG

Kevin Young often finds meaning and inspiration for his poetry in African American music, particularly the blues. His seven collections include Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebellion(Knopf, 2011) and Dear Darkness. His Jelly Roll: A Blues, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. He is the editor of five volumes, including 2010’s The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. His recent book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the 2010 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate ways African American culture is American culture. “I don’t mean to taxonomize but to rhapsodize. Take it from me—mean mean mean to be free.”

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…HOWARD ZINN

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 on Resistance and the Role of the Artists and is given by Howard Zinn who was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  He continues to be politically active, erudite and insightful:  “We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.”

 

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 Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson introduced and starring 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 Louisa Ermelino and Mark Rotella

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today the remarkable MAX PORTER whose innovative debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers is both a tender and brutal exploration of grief.

 

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…Stage Door featuring GINGER ROGERS, ALOLPHE MENJOU & ROSALIND RUSSELL.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

NEW VOICES

It’s easy to be dismissive of self help books but the appetite for them doesn’t diminish & the two we extract today are very different.  Gary Edward Geddall is a psychologist, psychotherapist & hypnotherapist as well as a prolific writer.  Here he will be reading from his fictional title Adventures with the Master and telling us of how the book evolved but first we have a reading from And I Thought Divorce was Bad With Other Life Lessons.  The authors are 5 American women who combine their life experiences in poetry & prose to share and inspire but best if we leave them to introduce themselves and their book.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd AUGUST

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE DESIGNATED MOURNER BY WALLACE SHAWN

Wally Shawn is an award winning actor and dramatist and here he performs with Deborah Eisenberg the second act from his play The Designated Mourner.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… LORRIE MOORE

Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collection Birds of America (described as “one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” by The New York Times Book Review).  In her new novel, A Gate at the Stairs, Moore turns her eye to the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. Moore is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and it is courtesy of Lannan that we hear her read and talk about her work.

 

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

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 Robert McChesney, the author of many books including Digital Disconnect, and is on Capitalism in the Age of  Digital.  Some say that Capitalism has colonized cyberspace, spurred the collapse of journalism, independent bookstores and many, many jobs. The sharp decline in antitrust enforcement of violations, the increase in patents on technology and proprietary systems, and massive subsidies have turned large parts of the Internet into an electronic shopping mall. And worse, it has become an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance thus further eroding democracy. Activists are attempting to reclaim the democratizing potential of the Internet before the door slams shut.

 

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 – Balzac, 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 Mr Micawber’s Difficulties from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield,  introduced and starring 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 one of Britain’s most prolific and best selling authors, JEFFREY ARCHER who has sold over 300 million books!  That says a lot and now we hear Jeffrey say a little bit more.

 

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…Blood and Sand starring TYRONE POWER & ANNABELLA.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING BY RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY  Part I

This fascinating story was inspired by fact and as Henry James remarked ‘an extraordinary tale.’  Masterfully told in the first person by a British journalist who we suspect is Kipling himself, it was made into a movie by John Houston which Humphrey Bogart asked to appear in, such is the story’s appeal.

A DILL PICKLE BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD READ BY EVE KARPF

This splendidly crafted short story centres on two people who had a relationship meeting by chance after six years.  It reveals much, not only on lost love but social class and sharing.

 

THURSDAY 23rd AUGUST

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MARX IN SOHO by Howard Zinn  Actor, teacher and activist Brian Jones plays Karl Marx in the late Howard Zinn’s amusing one person play that looks at Marx’s life, relationships, his analysis of society and his passion for radical change.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION

JEREMY SCAHILL is an investigative reporter, war correspondent and author of international bestselling books including Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.  He has reported from war zones across the globe and his work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors..

 

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

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 on the Limits of Academic Freedom is given by Steven Salaita Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.  He is the author of Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures and Politics, Anti-Arab Racism in the USA and Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.

 

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 short story by Brett Harte called The Luck of Roaring Camp 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 Mark Rotella

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today award winning writer NIKESH SHUKLA who adds well observed characters and humour to our contemporary cultural landscape.

 

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 CECIL B DE MILLE introduces I Wanted Wings starring RAY MILLAND, VERONICA LAKE & WILLIAM HOLDEN.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING BY RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY  Part II

This fascinating story was inspired by fact and as Henry James remarked ‘an extraordinary tale.’  Masterfully told in the first person by a British journalist who we suspect is Kipling himself, it was made into a movie by John Houston which Humphrey Bogart asked to appear in, such is the story’s appeal.

A WARNING IN RED BY  VICTOR L. WHITECHURCH READ BY PATRICK MALAHIDE

Apparently Whitechurch was the first writer to send his stories to be vetted by Scotland Yard so we can assume that this tale is accurate but the genre is more horror than detective.  A must for trainspotters!

 

FRIDAY 24th AUGUST

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MUMBAI CHUZZLEWITS Part 1

Brought to us by Radio Drama Revival and introduced by Fred Greenhalgh who provides background to this excellent drama recorded in India and providing a unique and insightful take on Dickens’ classic.  A must listen with forthcoming parts on the following Mondays always at this time.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… DINAW MENGESTU

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and emigrated to join his father in the US, who had fled the communist revolution in Ethiopia. Mengestu has written for many publications and wrote the novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears which the NY Times Book Review reviewed as “a great African novel, a great Washington novel, and a great American novel.”    Here he reads extracts and is interviewed by Penn Szittya from Georgetown University’s English department where Dinaw studied.

 

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 the poetry of John Donne, William Shakespeare and themes such as Poets of 19th Century America, Westminster Memorials, The Female Poet and the poetry of November.

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….JOHN PILGER

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 John Pilger, award winning journalist and documentary film maker who has championed and given a voice to numerous oppressed people 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 an adaptation of The Outcasts of Poker Flats by BRET HARTE introduced and featuring LAURENCE OLIVIER.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher – 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. This week Rebecca Roanhorse discusses her debut novel, ‘Trail of Lightning’  and PW editorial director Jim Milliott recaps BookExpo, BookCon, and the New York Rights Fair. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today the Guardian’s Associate Editor of Culture, CLAIRE ARMITSTEAD who is also a trustee of English PEN.  Claire has edited an anthology of fascinating stories, Tales of Two Londons – Stories from a Fractured City.

 

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 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.

 

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST

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…COLM TOIBIN

COLM TOIBIN is one of the most distinct and multi-layered voices in modern Irish fiction, noting, “I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.” Aside from being a novelist, he is also a playwright, essayist, editor and journalist. Two of his books, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, a novel depicting the interior life of writer Henry James, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  His play which he reads excerpts of & talks about with Michael Silverblatt, The Testament of Mary, was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY….DENNIS O’ DRISCOLL

Dennis O’ Driscoll was born in Co Tipperary, Ireland, in 1954, his nine books of poetry include New and Selected Poems (Anvil Press, 2004), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, Reality Check (2007) and Dear Life (Anvil Press, 2012; Copper Canyon Press, 2013).  Among his other publications are Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams: Selected Prose Writings (Gallery Press, 2001) and Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney (Faber and Faber, 2008).

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….JOHN PILGER

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 John Pilger, award winning journalist and documentary film maker who has championed and given a voice to numerous oppressed people 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 a play based on Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities 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 – this week VALERIA LUISELLI  who although born in Mexico City grew up in different continents. She has been widely translated with her first novel, Faces In The Crowd, which received international acclaim.

 

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 CECIL B DE MILLE introduces In Which We Serve starring RONALD COLMAN

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES – KIPLING/SAKI/DEFOE

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 Rudyard Kipling’s ‘My Own True Ghost Story’

Then we hear the dark humour of Saki in Tobermory read by Richard Mitchley followed by Daniel Defoe’s story entitled The Apparition of Mrs Veal read by Ghizela Rowe