SUNDAY 25th June

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CORMORANT BY SARAH HUTCHINGS and HIL COOKE

Unworldly John and injured sailor, McKinney wash up on an uninhabited island, the only survivors of a terrifying shipwreck. When the pair is finally rescued John isolates himself in an anonymous bed-sit owned by the grotesque Mrs Paskins. Haunted by the sounds of the island, he shies away from human contact communing only with the disturbing voices in his dreams. John’s new neighbour Crow sees life through a haze of delusional paranoia and finds it hard to respect John’s need for solitude. Edgy, secretive John is the perfect focus for Crow’s over-active imagination and he becomes obsessed with investigating John’s nocturnal rituals. However, his surveillance soon turns to clumsy overtures of friendship. Despite his protestations John is forced to turn to Crow for help when his ‘voices’ start to blur his sense of reality.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…ROBERT COOVER

Robert Coover has been described by The New York Times as, “one of America’s quirkiest writers, if by ‘quirky’ we mean an unwillingness to abide by ordinary fictional rules and a conviction that a novel is primarily a verbal artefact unconvertible to other media.” His novel, The Public Burning, is a long and fantastic fictional account of the events surrounding the executions for espionage of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1952, whose principal narrator identifies himself as the then-Vice President of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. His other publications includeSpanking the Maid, Gerald’s Party, Pinocchio in Venice, and Briar Rose.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…AUGUST KLEINZAHLER

August Kleinzahler‘s poetry is described by the New York Times as “a modernist swirl of sex, surrealism, urban life and melancholy with a jazzy back beat. His personality combines Allen Ginsberg’s goofball charm and Norman Mailer’s inveterate pugnacity.” He has published eight books of poetry,

 

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

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes, this time starring Tom Conway as Holmes. ‘The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor’ is followed by ‘The Boscombe Valley Mystery.’

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

 

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 Mawurel and Black Sheep by Hannah Teasdale.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s…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…The Perfect Specimen featuring ERROL FLYNN.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

GEORGIE PORGIE BY RUDYARD KIPLING. READ BY EDWARD FOX.

A man breaks his promise to his Burmese wife, whom he bought essentially as a housekeeper. He bemoans his low station in such a remote colonial outpost, however, and returns to England to marry a proper British wife before moving to India and a higher diplomatic posting. The faithful Burmese wife, thinking he is in danger, seeks him out and follows him to India.

THE GARDEN OF TRUTH BY E. NESBIT. READ BY HARRIET WALTER.

Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet whose children’s works were published under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a precursor to the modern Labour Party. She is regarded by some as the first ‘modern writer for children’ but this short story can certainly be enjoyed and appreciated by adults as well.

MONDAY 26th June

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… TREVOR PAGLEN

Trevor Paglen is a photographer whose work deliberately blurs the lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines in order to fashion painstaking and unbeknownst researched methods to decipher the world in which we live. His subjects include experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, and visuality. He is the author of many books,, the most recent of which is The Last Pictures which explores themes of Deep Time (the idea of geologic time), politics, and art in a collection of photographs. He is interviewed by writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit.

 

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 including Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and touching on themes such as Father’s Day and 4th of July.

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…GLENN GREENWALD

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 Glenn Greenwald, the author of With Liberty and Justice for Some and No Place to Hide. He is an award winning journalist and his exclusive interview with NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden was an international media sensation. He also received an Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary for his coverage of Bradley Manning and is co-founder of the watchdog media outlet The Intercept.

 

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 Man Who Could Work Miracles by HG WELLS introduced and featuring SIR RALPH RICHARDSON.

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 Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s Cathy Rentzenbrink whose poignant memoir Last Act of Love garnered a great deal of positive press and attention.  Cathy’s not new to the literary scene as she’s a former Waterstones bookseller & now Project Director of the charity Quick Reads and Associate Editor of The Bookseller magazine.

 

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 WILLIAM KEIGHLEY unveils…Little Women featuring JUNE ALLYSON, PETER LAWFORD, MARGARET O’BRIEN & JANET LEIGH

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

A DOUBLE TRAGEDY – An Actor’s Story by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT  Read by DEREK JACOBI

This is a story of jealousy and revenge set in a theatrical company, although well drawn, are almost campy in their melodrama.

THE RETICENCE OF LADY ANNE by SAKI Read by RICHARD MITCHLEY

This is trademark Saki, deliciously irreverent on the rituals and conventions of society with a sting in the tale.

 

 

 

TUESDAY 27th June

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 7 The Trial

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 the mid 21st century, fuel is running out, food is scarce, Acts of God – and humans – take down the grid and everything else. Civilisation grinds to a halt.  And then things get really bad.  Society fractures into lawless groups.  But in rural Maine, USA, some have now spent years nurturing their society back to some kind of normality… but a second man made apocalypse comes calling – Welcome to The Cleansed!

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 cast and crew who put everything in so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

46TH FLOOR

Citizen Racecar presents Electromagnetic Theatre – eclectic, whacky and wonderful – a kind of theatre of alchemy.  It’s an experience and maybe a movement.

 

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

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to poets of the quality and breadth of THOMAS HOOD, LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON, PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY & EDITH NESBIT amongst others.

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

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 Glenn Greenwald, the author of With Liberty and Justice for Some and No Place to Hide. He is an award winning journalist and his exclusive interview with NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden was an international media sensation. He also received an Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary for his coverage of Bradley Manning and is co-founder of the watchdog media outlet The Intercept.

 

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 OVERCOAT  by GOGOL introduced by SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER and starring MICHAEL REDGRAVE.

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 Liz Fenwick, born in Massachusetts but after falling in love with an Englishman lives and writes romantic fiction set in her other love – Cornwall.

 

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 WILLIAM KEIGHLEY unveils…Little Women featuring JUNE ALLYSON, PETER LAWFORD, MARGARET O’BRIEN & JANET LEIGH

 

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.

WEDNESDAY 28th June

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.

THURSDAY 29th June

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 8 The Revolt

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 the mid 21st century, fuel is running out, food is scarce, Acts of God – and humans – take down the grid and everything else. Civilisation grinds to a halt. And then things get really bad.  Society fractures into lawless groups.  But in rural Maine, USA, some have now spent years nurturing their society back to some kind of normality… but a second man made apocalypse comes calling – Welcome to The Cleansed!

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 cast and crew who put everything in so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

ALIENS FROM URANUS

Bunbury Banter Theatre Company

Since setting up in 2006, Bunbanter’s creative work has grown hugely. Their radio plays now air worldwide and have received much industry acclaim including winning the Best Short Drama in the British Public Radio Awards 2013.  The company’s primary aim remains accessible theatre for all & with this sci-fi comedy they certainly achieve it!

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… SEYMOUR HERSH

Seymour Hersh, the brilliant investigative journalist, has broken news stories that include the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, and the CIA’s bombing of Cambodia. Here he tells stories of how he gathers his source material and offers his thoughts on the present and future in the Middle East.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to poets of the quality and breadth of GEORGE ELIOT, ARTHUR CONAND DOYLE & RABINDRINATH TAGORE and themes including  LONDON, THE SEA, ANIMALS amongst others.

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

 TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers and today it is RACHEL ABBOTT psychological thriller writer and UK’s best selling independent author over the last five years.

 

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 WILLIAM KEIGHLEY unveils The Jazz Singer featuring AL JOLSON

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

A DOUBLE TRAGEDY – An Actor’s Story by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT  Read by DEREK JACOBI

This is a story of jealousy and revenge set in a theatrical company, although well drawn, are almost campy in their melodrama.

THE RETICENCE OF LADY ANNE by SAKI Read by RICHARD MITCHLEY

This is trademark Saki, deliciously irreverent on the rituals and conventions of society with a sting in the tale.

 

FRIDAY 30th June

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!

 

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.

SATURDAY 1st July

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

lib4pm & 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.