SUNDAY 21st May

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 spendidly 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.

MONDAY 22nd May

 

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

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….ISABEL WILKERSON

Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic story of the Great Migration, chronicling the journey of over six million black Americans from the South who migrated north and west between World War I and the 1970s. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted 15 years to the research and writing of the book, interviewing more than 1,200 people along the way. Wilkerson is a former national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times.

 

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 Thomas Hood, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edith Nesbit and more.

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…PUMLA GOBODO-MADIKIZELA

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 Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela a senior research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State in South Africa. and is entitled Forgiving the Unforgivable.

 

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. Their podcast is presented by Mark Rotella

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today Scott Caladon.

 

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 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the mysterious hero of the French Revolution starring LESLIE HOWARD & OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES –KIPLING & JEROME K JEROME

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 MARK OF THE BEAST by RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY ROBBIE MCNAB  followed by THE WISDOM OF UNCLE PODGER BY JEROME K JEROME READ BY HUBERT GRIEG

MONDAY 22nd May

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

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….ISABEL WILKERSON

Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic story of the Great Migration, chronicling the journey of over six million black Americans from the South who migrated north and west between World War I and the 1970s. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted 15 years to the research and writing of the book, interviewing more than 1,200 people along the way. Wilkerson is a former national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times.

 

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 Thomas Hood, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edith Nesbit and more.

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…PUMLA GOBODO-MADIKIZELA

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 Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela a senior research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State in South Africa. and is entitled Forgiving the Unforgivable.

 

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. Their podcast is presented by Mark Rotella

 

 

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 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the mysterious hero of the French Revolution starring LESLIE HOWARD & OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES –KIPLING & JEROME K JEROME

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 MARK OF THE BEAST by RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY ROBBIE MCNAB  followed by THE WISDOM OF UNCLE PODGER BY JEROME K JEROME READ BY HUBERT GRIEG

TUESDAY 23rd May

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!

WEDNESDAY 24th May

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

THURSDAY 25th May

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.

FRIDAY 26th May

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FLO’S DOMAIN BY JOAN MOFFAT

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

THE BUS JOURNEY BY COLIN LEWISOHN

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….. 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.

 

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 we’ll be listening to George Eliot, Rabindrinath Tagore & Arthur Conan Doyle among others as well as themes including London, the Sea and Animals.

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….MICHAEL MOORE

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 Michael Moore a documentary filmmaker and satirist whose debut documentary was the award winning Roger & Me, based in his native Flint, Michigan and chronicling his attempts to interview the CEO of General Motors Roger Smith about why he closed down local factories and moved to Mexico.  Oscar winning Bowling for Columbine looked at the US’s gun culture and Fahrenheit 9/11, made post 9/11, examined at the Bush administration.  He has made numerous other films and documentaries and remains a left wing activist.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

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

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 is from the archives with author and educator Nisi Shawl discussing her debut novel, ‘Everfair and  meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler discussing his new book, ‘Love Hurts.’

 

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  The Phantom Lady, based on the EDGAR ALLAN POE story starring  BRIAN AHERNE, ELLA RAINES & ALAN CURTIS.

 

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.

SATURDAY 27th May

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.