SUNDAY 10th December

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER BY H.P. LOVECRAFT

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

MR HUMPHREYS AND HIS INHERITANCE BY M.R. JAMES

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… NAOMI KLEIN

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

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic American Poetry followed by…. MARK STRAND

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

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

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

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

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Red Headed League

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

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

Keep Breathing by Catherine Semark and Brothers by Rob Lawrence.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

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

TAKE FIVE

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

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

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

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES .

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

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

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

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

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 4 : Retribution

Here at Audiobookradio.net we try to bring you audio dramas that are exciting, thought provoking, and downright entertaining.  And what could be more entertaining than the end of the world!

In seasons 1 & 2, set in the mid-21st century, civilisation ground to a halt. And then things got really bad.

Society fractured into lawless groups.  But in rural Maine, USA, some spent years nurturing their society back to some kind of normality… until a second man made apocalypse enveloped them. But they survived and in season 2 our motley band of heroes travelled to the ruined city of Borderton to face betrayal and a ruinous battle where some died and some disappeared.

Now, all seems lost, but secrets reveal themselves and our young heroes will be tested as never before.

The Production company, Final Rune, is centred on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhalgh who not only writes, produces and directs “The Cleansed” but much else besides. Plus he has a dynamic, dedicated cast and crew so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

 

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

POETS & POETRY featuring Robert Hass

Robert Hass is a Pulitzer prize winning Poet Laureate born in San Francisco and raised by an alcoholic mother, both facts that feature in his concise and lyrical verse.  He is one of the most celebrated contemporary American poets and also known for translations of the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz and Japanese  Haiku masters who he has paid tribute to for their inspiration.  In the mid-1990s, Hass promoted ecoliterarcy through the River of Words, an organisation he co founded to provide a multidisciplinary, interactive curricula to young students.   He currently teaches at Berkeley and lives in California with his wife the poet Brenda Hillman.    Thanks to the Lannan Organisation we now bring you Robert Hass reading his own poems followed by his being interviewed by NY poet Jorie Graham.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…LAVERNE COX

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 Laverne Cox, an actor starring in Orange is the New Black, documentary film producer and LGBTQ advocate. She talks about Transgender Visibility and whether Trump might revoke recent gains for the LGBTQ community.

 

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 one act comedy by J. B. Priestley called Private Rooms 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.   This week author Isabel Allende discusses her new novel, In the Midst of Winter and PW editorial director Jim Milliot introduces PW’s Person of the Year. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

This week author Joanna Schaffhausen discusses her debut novel, The Vanishing Season. PW children’s reviews editor John Sellers recaps the third annual Global Kids Connect conference.

TAKE FIVE

 

 

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

LORD ARTHUR SAVILLE’S CRIME PART 2 by OSCAR WILDE Read by GARARD GREEN

In this brilliant satire Oscar Wilde targets the English aristocracy.  Lord Arthur Savile’s life is thrown into turmoil with the dire prophecy that he will commit murder.  His forthcoming marriage postponed, he sets about finding his victim…

A THOUSAND DEATHS by JACK LONDON Read by

Unusual Jack London subject of a scientist who kills off his son on multiple occasions in order to progress his obsessive experiment with the medical machines he has invented.  However, is does have London’s customary intense, lively prose.

 

TUESDAY 12th December

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED – Season Two Episode 15 THE REVELATION

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

AT THE FOURTH MINUTE BY LEE RAVITZ

This radio play is brought to us by courtesy of the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company who have been creating brilliant productions since 2006.  They were born from a desire to make theatre accessible to all regardless of personal, physical, social or financial hardship and all their work has strong leanings in that direction whether it is choosing to air work online or the scholarships offered and their  educational work. Check out their website for further info : http://www.bunbanter.com/

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…EDUARDO GALEANO

Eduardo Galeano, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1940 is an essayist, journalist, historian, and activist, as well as one of Latin America’s most beloved literary figures. Galeano’s books include the trilogy Memory of Fire; The Book of Embraces; We Say No;Walking Words; and Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone. His newest book, Children of the Days (Los híjos de los días), is forthcoming in English in April 2013. An outspoken critic of the increasingly dehumanizing effects of globalization on modern society, Galeano has remained a passionate advocate for human rights and justice.

  

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…GEOFF WINDE

From the Edinburgh Free Fringe we present the epic poem, Money is as Innocent as the Gun, read by the author, Geoff Winde.  Not so much a shot in the dark as a well crafted aim at the root of all evil!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BARBARA EHRENREICH

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

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on the comical piece THE INSPECTOR GENERAL by GOGOL introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER vol13

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 but this week it’s not live at their offices in NYC but is pre recorded consisting of their favourite interviews of 2015 which are with Buzz Bissinger and Daniel José Older

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today JEREMY MARRE, award winning television director, producer and of course writer who has worked around the globe with a wide range of people telling their 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…Front Page Woman featuring FRED MacMURRAY & PAULETTE GODDARD

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

SOULS BELATED BY EDITH WHARTON PART I 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.

THE DEFEAT OF THE CITY & GIFT OF THE MAGI BY O’HENRY READY BY PETER JOYCE

Two of O’Henry’s many excellent stories containing his trademark wit, warmth, unexpected endings and  totally credible characters.  The first story centres around Robert Walmesly and the second is regarded as one of his best and is about a young married couple who are broke but not broken.

 

WEDNESDAY 13th December

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.

THURSDAY 14th December

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.

 

FRIDAY 15th December

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….SANDRA STEINBERGER

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an ecologist, author, and cancer survivor and an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Her acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents her research on, and personal experience with, environmental pollution and cancer. Originally published in 1997, with a second edition in 2010, it has been adapted into a documentary. She has also written Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood and recently, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

 

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 such as Tagore, George Eliot & Arthur Conan Doyle and poems on the themes such as London and Animals. VOL 6

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….REBECCA SOLNIT

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

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

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

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. This week journalist Masha Gessen discusses her new book, ‘The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia’ and PW editorial director Jim Milliot reviews 2017’s bestselling books so far.  Their podcast is normally presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella but Mark’s on holiday this week.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s A.BELLO, creator of the Emily Knight sagas which she did aged 12, with the intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as producer William Keighley unveils…STRANGERS ON A TRAIN starring RAY MILLAND and FRANK LOVEJOY and also reprising her original role in the film directed by her father Alfred Hitchcock, PATRICIA HITCHCOCK

 

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 16th December

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

AL FRESCO BY CARL CHETTY featuring DEREK JACOBI

Once an affluent employee in a coffee bean corporation, redundant Al is now struggling to come to terms with homelessness on the streets of London. None of his army of old friends are remotely interested in his situation and, residing in an Optician’s doorway, he discovers that not many people want to know you when you’re down and out. However, The Crusty Young Gent, Marjorie and Hazel, a trio of compassionate passers-by, manage to lift Al’s spirits. In fact, it’s the beautiful red-haired Hazel who steals his heart and indirectly changes his life.

BIG SHAKEDOWN ON LITTLE EDDIE BY THEO CLARKE

A sandwich has been eaten and the authorities, aka Mum and Dad, think that 14 year old ‘Little Eddie’ did it. So they set about breaking his spirit, to get to the truth. No-one knows whether he did it or not, they just know that the kid ain’t talking. Set in a middle class Berkshire home, Eddie – Edward’s alter ego – strangely is like something out of the Bronx. And he’s not giving in for nobody!

SHADOW IN THE CORNER BY MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON

Butler Skeggs requires a servant to assist. Bascom agrees but when Maria arrives she finds her bedroom leaves her with very unhappy thoughts. Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s classic ghost story thrills and entertains.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… ….JOHN McGAHERN

John McGahern is one of the most important Irish writers of the last century. A great traditionalist, his novel The Dark was banned as his work bathes uncomfortable truths in light, yet his wicked sense of humour is never far from the surface

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…PATTIANN ROGERS

Poet Pattiann Rogers has a singular voice, grounded in personal faith yet seduced equally by the mysteries of the natural world and the opportunities of discovery and beauty offered by science. The author of eleven volumes of poetry, she reads here from her work before joining in conversation with fellow poet Christopher Merrill.

 

 3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…. DAVID KORTEN

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 we have David Korten who taught at Harvard’s Business School and attempted to be a change agent from within before defecting to became a builder of institutions and social movements working from the outside to create a new cultural, institutional, and political reality from the bottom up.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

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 DAVI and SPENCER TRACY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

A PLAY HOUSE IN THE WASTE BY GEORGE MOORE. READ BY NIGEL DAVENPORT

Father James embarks on a theatre project in place of the more conventional building of relief roads, in the hope of emulating the mystery plays at Oberammergau, but a wind blows down the wall of the theatre, leading the people to suppose it is the punishment of God.

B24 BY ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. READ BY BRIAN COX

The story of prisoner B 24, a petty burglar who claims he’s falsely accused of the murder of Lord Manning. But can his desperate account convince the authorities of his innocence and reveal the identity of the true culprit..?