SUNDAY 23rd April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FOR A FEW GALLONS MORE BY DENNIS ROOKARD

A gentle comedy that that reveals the truth behind the great fuel train robbery and the part played in it by a certain Mr Robin Hood. And all – so the authors claim, to have been very loosely based on a true event.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…JAMES HANSEN

James Hansen is well known for his research in the field of climatology and for helping to bring global warming to the world’s attention in the 1980s. In recent years, he has become active in promoting efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Hansen, Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, is the author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…BRIAN TURNER and BRUCE WEIGL

Brian Turner is a soldier-poet whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet, won the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology. Here, Bullet is a harrowing, beautiful first-person account of the Iraq war featuring poems that reflect Turner’s experiences as a soldier. The poems speak with compassion, sympathy, and horror of the first-hand experience of war and with immediacy of loss, beauty, comradeship, and longing for home and the familiar; he deplores the violence and acknowledges the grief and terror of war.

Bruce Weigl is the author of 12 collections of poetry, most recently Declension in the Village of Chung Luong which created “an eloquent spokesman for an entire generation of Americans whose lives were broken by the war and a country whose moral confusion desperately needed addressing.” His memoir, The Circle of Hahn, tells of his childhood in Ohio; his induction into the U.S. Army in 1967, and year in Vietnam that led to his passion for that country’s poetry and culture; and of a redemptive meeting in 1996 with his daughter-to-be at an orphanage outside Hanoi.

 

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 IMOGEN EDWARD WOODS, writer of the Babylon series including Hotel Babylon which was made into a TV series and KATE MOSSE, best-selling author of the Languedoc novels talking about her latest book The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes, once again starring Tom Conway as Holmes. ‘The Final Problem’ is followed by ‘The Dying Detective.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are Words by Joanna Yates and Adventure in the Underworld by Daniel Simpson.

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: No Animals Were Hurt in teh Writing of This Story by Clare Reddaway and The Day War Broke Out by Doc Watson

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today NADEEM ASLAM, thoughtful, impressionistic author whose latest book Blind Man’s Garden received great 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 The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…The Count of Monte Cristo featuring ROBERT MONTGOMERY.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

HERE WE ARE BY DOROTHY PARKER. READ BY LIZA ROSS.

A newly married couple are traveling by train to New York City for the first night of their honeymoon but the situation between them is becoming increasingly tense. Parker’s short story was first published in Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1931.

SOLID OBJECTS BY VIRGINIA WOOLF. READ BY EVE KARPF.

Collecting becomes an obsession for a man who once had ambitions to a political career.  English writer Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and is considered one of the most innovative and influential literary figures of the twentieth century as a prolific author of essays, journals, letters, and long and short fiction.

TOBERMORY BY SAKI. READ BY BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT.

Tobermory is a cat whose most peculiar characteristic is that he not only can listen to private conversations without being noticed, but also retell them whenever thought “appropriate”, since he’s got the gift of talking. It’s a talking cat who personifies typical characteristics humans tend to attribute to felines: haughtiness, indifference, and superiority.

MONDAY 24th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

A KINGDOM FOR A STAGE PART II BY TONY DIGGLE

We are delighted to be broadcasting the radio premiere of A Kingdom for a Stage, originally performed at the Chelsea Theatre.  It celebrates and commemorates the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday and death on 23rd April.

In Part I Ben Jonson discovered Shakespeare in the heavens in a catatonic state.  Literary luminaries explained that he had made an unauthorised visit to the world and was horrified that mankind had not progressed so decided to torment them.  Placated by his contemporaries reminding him of his own flawed life Shakespeare returns to the heavens to write his 38th play!

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…COLM TOIBIN

Colm Tóibín 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

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 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe, D.H Lawrence, Daniel Sheehan, Charles Dickens and many others.

All of them are from a dedicated poetry publisher – Portable Poetry who believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other things can’t. Their range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a range of themes. Check them out 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…EDUARDO GALEANO

Aptly named as this hour offers an alternative take on power and justice.  Today’s talk is given by Eduardo Galeano , the 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; Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone and, Children of the Days (Los híjos de los días).  An outspoken critic of the increasingly dehumanizing effects of globalization on modern society, Galeano has remained a passionate advocate for human rights and justice.

 

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 Dostoyevsky’s The Judgement  featuring TREVOR HOWARD and introduced by 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. This week  author Christopher Golden discusses his new novel, Ararat and PW editorial director Jim Milliot looks ahead to Independent Bookstore Day.  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 the intriguing ANTHONY CUMMINS aka Marine ‘Capitano Tonz’, a latter-day pirate who for more than 20 years has been working the seven seas!  His book is The 13th Day, available from captain tonz.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils THE PLAINSMAN set in 1865 and starring FREDRIC MARCH (stepping in after GARY COOPER got a cold), JEAN ARTHUR and JOAN FONTAINE who have a chat after.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES…CHINA MIEVILLE

Today we hear readings and an interview with China Miéville, award winning British American writer whose fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Ursula Le Guin, and Philip K. Dick. He’s a renowned shape shifter who lives and works in London and is a founding editor of the journal Salvage.  He is interviewed by Jord/ana Rosenberg, Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

 TUESDAY 25th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

LEAVES IN AUTUMN BY SUSAN CASANOVE

Iris hadn’t clapped eyes on Jerry, the eighteen year old boy who’d swept her off her feet in 1966 for forty-three years – until a chance meeting at a funeral. Both are now widowed, but will the course of Autumnal love run smooth? Leaves in Autumn is a gentle comedy drama about love, destiny and redemption. It stars Josephine Tewson (Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine), Hazel Douglas (Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter) and Hugh Walters (Doctor Who, Survivors). It also features West End actors Emma Noakes and Steven Alexander as the young Iris and Jerry.

THE LAST LAUGH BY ERIC YAFFEY

Traditional comedian Will Potts has a stalker and his performance is suffering. Can the maniac be flushed out before the damage becomes terminal?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….DAVID MITCHELL

David Mitchell’s novels include The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical epic about a Dutch accountant’s adventures in feudal Japan, and Number9Dream, described as “an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.” Mitchell’s celebrated Cloud Atlas, which erases the boundaries of genre and language with six interconnected stories that take the reader from the 19th century in the remote South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic distant future, was described as a “Nabokovian delight in word play” by The Washington

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY...MICHAEL ONDAATJE

Michael Ondaatje, poet, novelist, and noted editor and film maker, was born in Sri Lanka in 1943, spent his teenage years in England, and moved to Canada in 1962 where he graduated from the University of Toronto and then Queen’s University, Ontario. He taught English Literature at York University, Toronto, from 1971 to 1990. While mostly known and admired as a novelist, due in part to the worldwide success of The English Patient that was awarded the Booker Prize in 1992 and was later made into the Academy Award-winning film, Ondaatje first won critical acclaim as a poet. Numerous collections include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems (1970), There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do: Poems, 1963-1978 (1979), both of which won the Canadian Governor General’s award; The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems (1989); and Handwriting (1998).

 

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 LUCINDA RILEY,the international best selling romantic novelist and head chef FLORENCE KNIGHT talking about her book A Cook and Her Cupboard.

  

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes, once again starring Tom Conway as Holmes. ‘The Reigate Puzzle’ is followed by ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are: Percy Blazer Wants A Through Lounge by Richard Green, Auntie Kay by Charlie Phillips and Hero by Maggie Hindley

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: Fun Sized Inspiration by Jule Green and The Kingfisher by Pauline Masurel

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s…

TIM GRAHAM, TV producer, presenter, writer and poet. Mad cricket buff and an ability to engage on a level most others can’t even reach even if they dare…..

 

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 Seven Keys To Baldpate featuring JACK BENNY.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

MALACHI’S COVE BY ANTHONY TROLLOPE. READ BY EVE KARPF.

Mally, an orphan who lives with her grandfather Malachi, try’s to deal with her parent’s death on the beach in front of their home. Mally blames the town and her neighbours for their death, but the town blames it on her because of her lies and other things she’s done in the past.

FUN IN AN ARTIST’S STUDIO BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

Fun In An Artists Studio is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pat Hobby series, written during his later years as a writer. Pat Hobby, a down-and-out Hollywood screenwriter, is bemused when a Romanian Princess takes an interest in him and asks him to pose for a painting.

 

WEDNESDAY 26th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FLO’S DOMAIN BY JOAN MOFFAT

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

THE BUS JOURNEY BY COLIN LEWISOHN

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….HOWARD ZINN

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

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

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY.…CAVE CANEM EVENING

Cave Canem Evening featuring Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Patricia Smith, and Frank X Walker. Cave Canem (Beware of the Dog) is an organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry.  This celebratory poetry evening lasted for almost two and a half hours so we have included works from the first hour here. We will be broadcasting the second half of the show in the coming weeks.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous which today feature MIRANDA SEYMOUR, writer of the memoir In My Father’s House and Noble Endeavours about England and Germany and Victoria Sadler, auditor turned Burlesque dancer.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

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

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

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

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Small Dark and Delicate by Doc Watson and Trog and Kron Almost Get It Right by Phillip Douch

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s…

HUGH HOWEY, nice guy and gifted story teller of best-seller Wool – worth a read before Ridley Scott makes the movie!

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself,  CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…The Buccaneer featuring CLARK GABLE

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

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

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY 27th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

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

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

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…JAMAICA KINCAID

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

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

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

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

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

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

THE POETRY OF OSCAR WILDE. READ BY SEAN BARRETT.

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

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features author KATE WILLIAMS who talks about her biography of Napoleon’s beloved Josephine who was born to a disaffected plantation owner, sent to France to marry, abandoned, shut in a convent, became a kept woman and court favourite but then along comes the Revolution and it was almost off with her head.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Priory School

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are Crab Dinner/The Goldfish by Fred and Kerry Crawley and Long Legs by Bill Singh.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Black Sheep by Rosemary Senior and Erthenta by Alison Lock.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today MARIO LEVI, one of the most important modern Turkish writers.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…The Virginian featuring GARY COOPER

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

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

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

FRIDAY 28th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MUMBAI CHUZZLEWITS by JOHN DRYDEN  Part 2

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 Friday or previous parts on  Radio Drama Revival introduced by Fred Greenhalgh.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….A.L.KENNEDY

A.L. Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland and is the author of six novels, five short story collections and two works of nonfiction. No one captures the spirit of our times like Kennedy, with her dark humor, poignant hopefulness, and brilliant representation of contemporary social and spiritual malaise.  She has received many literary prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of St. Andrews.

 

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 Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson and many others. (VOL3)

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…. IDREES AHMED

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 Muhammad Idrees Ahmad,a Glasgow based writer and journalist with a doctorate in sociology and a focus on international conflicts.  He is a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling in Scotland and a co-editor of PULSE.  ​Here he is interviewed by David Barsamian talking about Syria and journalism and as the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War, writing for numerous international publications and having appeared as an on-air Middle East analyst on many international TV channels including the BBC and Al Jazeera, he is well informed.

 

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 Mr Macawber’s Difficulties taken from Charles Dicken’s 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. On today’s show, author Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, ‘Pachinko,’ then PW senior news editor Calvin Reid reports on the U.S. Publishing Mission to Cuba.  Their podcast is presented by ROSE FOX and 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 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 –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

SATURDAY 29th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE BALLAD OF C33 BY FRANCIS SARGENT & KNIGHT MARTELL

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…GEORGE SAUNDERS

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

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY...WALT WHITMAN TRIBUTE EVENING

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

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

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

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Red Headed League

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are Keep Breathing by Catherine Semark and Brothers by Rob Lawrence.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

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

TAKE FIVE

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

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

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

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE GARDEN PARTY BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD. READ BY EVE KARPF.

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

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

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