SUNDAY 24th Sept

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!

MONDAY 25th Sept

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….RICHARD FALK

Richard Falk served as special rapporteur for the United Nations from 2008 – 2014 on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. Author of numerous books on global issues and international law, Falk talks about prospects and hopes for Palestinian self-determination.  He is introduced and interviewed, and was followed by a talk with Ali Abunimah.

 

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 William Blake, Walt Whitman and Browning as well as themes including Lesbian poetry.

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, iTunes, Audible, Downpour or the digital music section on Amazon. That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….BILL MOYERS

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 Journalism & Democracy and is given by Bill Moyers a renowned journalist and commentator. He was senior correspondent for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s most heralded programs. He is the winner of the more than 30 Emmy Awards, and the author of several bestsellers including Moyers on America.

 

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

 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, author Ted Genoways discusses his new book, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm and PW senior writer Andrew Albanese previews the Frankfurt Book 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 it’s Turkish author CILER ILHAN, recipient of the European Union Prize for Literature whose stories, essays, book reviews, travel articles and translations into Turkish have been published in a wide variety of journals and newspaper supplements.

 

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  SHADOW OF A DOUBT starring WILLIAM POWELL & THERESA WRIGHT.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THEM OLD COWBOY SONGS READ & WRITTEN BY ANNIE PROULX

Annie is an American author & journalist who reads her own celebrated short story about how easy it is for things to go wrong.

 

TUESDAY 26th Sept

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

WEDNESDAY 27th Sept

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.

THURSDAY 28th September

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.

FRIDAY 29th September

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MUMBAI CHUZZLEWITS by JOHN DRYDEN  Part 3

Brought to us by Radio Drama Revival we hear Part 2 Murder, Alliances and Greed of this excellent drama that transposes Charles Dickens’ satire on the corrosive power of money to the hot, hectic streets of modern-day Mumbai, India.  In it, the miserly old recluse Martin Chuzzlewit adopts an orphan girl, Mary, to be his caregiver. As she will inherit nothing upon his death, he believes she will do her utmost to keep him in good health. But when Chuzzlewit’s grandson Mickey falls in love with Mary, Martin’s plans are thrown into disarray. Disinheriting him, Martin triggers a complex web of deceit, betrayal and manipulation as the extended family and hangers-on close in, in pursuit of his fortune.  This fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder is told in three hour-long parts, and you can hear the final part next Monday or previous parts on  Radio Drama Revival introduced by Fred Greenhalgh.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….. MAX BLUMENTHAL

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning author and journalist with his articles appearing in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post as well as appearances on radio and TV and being Senior Writer at Alternet.  His investigative video reports have been seen by millions of online viewers and rebroadcast by networks from the United States to Russia.  His books include Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

 

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 on Terrorism, Climate Change & Capitalism and given by Arun Gupta, journalist and activist who was a founding editor of The Indypendent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. His articles appear in Alternet, Truthout, The Guardian and Z. He also appears on Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera.

 

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 Black Mate by Joseph Conrad introduced and featuring by 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 Paul Lynch discusses his new novel, Grace. Then PW editorial director Jim Milliot talks about Canadian bookseller Indigo’s possible move into the U.S.Their podcast is normally presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella but today Rose is away.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers and today it’s S.African writer Magogodi oaMphela Makhene who will also be reading an extract from her Caine nominated short story The Virus which you can hear in full on  https://soundcloud.com/caine-prize/the-virus-by-magogodi-oamphela-makhene

 

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:  DOUBLE INDEMNITY James M Cain’s brilliant book translated into the classic film starring BARBARA STANWYCK and FRED MacMURRAY and

ALIBI IKE Ring Lardner’s popular short story and a higely successful baseball trilogy of films.  This rendition stars JACK CARSON, ALAN HALE & JOAN LAUREN

 

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 both from the And I Thought Ladies who brought us their life experiences in poetry & prose surrounding Divorce.  Today, two of their growing collective, namely Wilnona & Jade will be reading extracts from And I Thought Being Grown Up Was Easy… and And I Thought I Did My Journey Alone.  We’re going to talk to them too and find out how their original 5 Afro American women collective has grown & continues to do so.  You can find more from them including their TV show, radio interviews, books and much more at  www.andwethought.com

SATURDAY 30th Sept

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 BROWN

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.