SUNDAY 14th January

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE YOUTH OF OLD AGE BY STUART PRICE

Wickedly acerbic new writing ‘The Youth Of Old Age’ shows Prunella Scales at her ‘dragon tongued’ best as the matriarch determined her heir should not marry ‘out of sorts’  Performed by The Wireless Theatre Company.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…CARL SAFINA

Carl Safina is the president of Blue Ocean Institute, whose main focus is using science, art, and literature to inspire a “sea ethic”—a closer relationship with the sea.  His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, takes readers on a global journey of discovery probing for truth about the world’s changing seas, weaving adventure, science and political analysis along the way. His newest book, Voyage of the Turtle, is an impassioned account of the plight of ocean-dwelling turtles. Safina is also author of Eye of the Albatross and co-author of Seafood Lover’s Almanac.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic American Poetry followed by STANLEY KUNITZ

Stanley Kunitz‘s numerous books include The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz; Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected; Next to Last Things: New Poems and Essays; and The Testing Tree. Honours and awards include a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Kunitz, United States Poet Laureate in 2000, is a founder of the Fine Arts Work Centre in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City.

 

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 PROFESSOR JANE RIDLEY, historian and biographer of Bertie – Edward VII and RACHEL COOK, journalist and author of Her Brilliant Career on the lives of 1950’s housewives

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ followed by ‘The Bruce Partington Plans’

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

 

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 & 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 it’s…

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…Irene featuring JEANETTE MCDONALD

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE MUSE’S TRAGEDY BY EDITH WHARTON READ BY JANET MAW

This originally and innovatively structured story’s muse is Mary Anerton the subject of poet Victor Rendle’s best known works.  Her encouragement for our protagonist Danyers to write a book on the poet results in her own tragedy.

TESTATOR’S VISITATION BY CHARLES DICKENS. READ BY GARARD GREEN.

A short piece reminiscent of Pickwick, in which a poor man borrows some furniture without permission. The owner turns up months later, a drunken man who consumes all the man’s gin then disappears, a ghost.

A LESSON ON A TORTOISE BY D.H. LAWRENCE. READ BY DAVID SHAW-PARKER.

After another long week in school, it is the final lesson on Friday and a teacher has an idea which should lift the classroom spirits.

MONDAY 15th January

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 8: Return of the Queen

Here at Audiobookradio.net we try to bring you audio dramas that are exciting, thought provoking, and downright entertaining.  And what could be more entertaining than the end of the world!  In seasons 1 & 2, set in the mid-21st century, civilisation ground to a halt. And then things got really bad.  Society fractured into lawless groups.  But in rural Maine, USA, some spent years nurturing their society back to some kind of normality… until a second man made apocalypse enveloped them. But they survived and in season 2 our motley band of heroes travelled to the ruined city of Borderton to face betrayal and a ruinous battle where some died and some disappeared.  Now, all seems lost, but secrets reveal themselves and our young heroes will be tested as never before.

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

The Ceremony by Andrew Sergeant

Nostalgic reflections bring us bang up to date from Wireless Theatre Company

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….. ALFREDO CORCHADO

Alfredo Corchado is Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News and a noted expert on immigration, drug violence, and U.S.-Mexico foreign policy.

He worked as a farm laborer alongside his parents, who were members of the United Farm Workers. The recipient of numerous awards and honors for his courageous journalism, he is the author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.

 

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 children’s textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour well be listening to John Keats, John Donne, Anne Bronte, Henry Alford, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and HP Lovecraft as well as themes such as Georgian Poetry and Nonsense Verse

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…JONATHAN KOZOL

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world.  This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that.  We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and  power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media.  Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand.  Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.   Today’s talk is on Humanizing Public Education and is given by Jonathan Kozol who as a public school teacher and author has documented inequities in the U.S. education system. He won the National Book Award for Death At An Early Age and his other books include Amazing GraceIlliterate America and The Shame of the Nation.

 

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 Balzac’s The Purse introduced by and featuring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES featuring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE in more of these timeless classic adventures.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella who this week interview Sarah Vaughan about her new novel, Anatomy of a Scandal and PW editorial director Jim Milliot talks about how Michael Wolff’s bestselling book Fire and Fury took the nation by storm.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s award winning writer EVIE WYLD who The Independent describes as ‘A young writer with talent to burn.’ She was born in London but also grew up in Australia which has forged her early stories.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils Seven Keys To Baldpate featuring JACK BENNY.

 

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.

 

TUESDAY 16th January

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FOUR AGES BY COLIN LEWISOHN

Bernie Hearn is a hero. Not the sort who wears underpants over his trousers, Bernie is an everyday hero who has led a great life. Four Ages tells his story – what he means to his family, how he protects his sister from injustice, stops a war time atrocity, pulls a lad back from the brink of the ultimate betrayal – all whilst combating his own personal tragedy. Four Ages in the life of one extraordinary man. Bereavement, love, war, justice and abuse. Everyday stuff really!

ANNIVERSARY BY DAVID MILLER

An old gentleman shares his memories with his partner of 54 years…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….CHARLES SIMIC

Charles Simic has published over sixty books of poetry as well as many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1938 and moved with his family to the United States in 1953. His poetry first appeared in The Chicago Review .The poet Seamus Heaney described Simic’s work as, “Surrealist, and therefore comic, but with a specific gravity in his imagining that manages to avoid the surrealist penalty of weightlessness.”

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…KEVIN YOUNG

Kevin Young often finds meaning and inspiration for his poetry in African American music, particularly the blues. His seven collections include Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebellion(Knopf, 2011) and Dear Darkness. His Jelly Roll: A Blues, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. He is the editor of five volumes, including 2010’s The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. His recent book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the 2010 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate ways African American culture is American culture. “I don’t mean to taxonomize but to rhapsodize. Take it from me—mean mean mean to be free.”

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

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, this time starring Tom Conway as Holmes. ‘The Adventure of the Haunted Bagpipes’ is’ followed by ‘The Sussex Vampire.’

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

 

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 a second offering from STEPHANIE WESTON entitled BRIEF ENCOUNTER.

TAKE FIVE

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

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…The Sidewalks of London featuring CHARLES LAUGHTON

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

ADVENTURES OF A STROLLING PLAYER BY OLIVER GOLDSMITH. READ BY T.P. MCKENNA.

In this uproarious story of a traveling player who likes to embellish things somewhat, Goldsmith explores the fickleness of fame.

THE CAT THAT WALKED BY HIMSELF BY RUDYARD KIPLING. READ BY LIZA GODDARD.

Rudyard Kipling used to tell his daughter, Josephine, stories in which he invented funny answers for such questions as “How did the camel get his hump?” and “How did the leopard get his spots?”. In 1902 he compiled them into a book called Just So Stories, because his daughter insisted on them being told “just so”. The stories end in amusing poems that summarize the stories themselves. Another of the Just So Stories was called “The cat that walked by himself.” It tells us the reasons why many people prefer dogs to cats.

SREDNI VASHTAR BY SAKI. READ BY EVE KARPF.

The story of a ten-year-old boy called Conradin, who lives with his strict cousin and guardianMrs. De Ropp. Conradin rebels against her and invents a new religion for himself, which centres on idolising a polecat-ferret he calls Sredni Vashtar; a vengeful, merciless god. Conradin keeps the ferret hidden in a cage in the garden shed, and worships the idol in secret. The story comes to a climax when his cousin sets out to discover his god.

 

WEDNESDAY 17th January

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.

 

THURSDAY 18th January

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.

FRIDAY 19th January

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….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 John Milton and John Clare and themes including February, the Graveyard Poets and the Female Poet. VOL 16

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…CORNEL WEST

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world.  This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that.  We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and  power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media.  Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand.  Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.   Today’s talk entitled Love & Justice is given by Cornel West a leading public intellectual, scholar and gifted orator who has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale and the University of Paris.

 

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. Their podcast is presented by Louisa Ermelino and Mark Rotella.

This week author Armistead Maupin discusses his new book, Logical Family: A Memoir. PW editorial director Jim Milliot digs into what a bestseller really is.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s CORRIE JACKSON, the accomplished journalist turned writer whose follow up to Breaking Dead, her debut novel, which was the first in the journalist Sophie Kent series is The Perfect Wife.

 

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…CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER featuring GREGORY PECK

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES VOL 7

THE LAGOON BY JOSEPH CONRAD

The Lagoon is a story centred on the courageous Arsat and his derring do and longing for a woman whom now ill, was forbidden fruit but like the Lagoon itself it has unknown depth and darkness that speak of the human condition.

MA’AME PELAGIE BY KATE CHOPIN

Kate Chopin’s poetic prose delight with this bittersweet tale of the self-sacrificing Southern woman Ma’ame Pelagie who is immersed in her past and finding it difficult to reconcile herself to the present.  Not a rosy past but the former glory of her home provides strength.  Well worth a listen.

 

SATURDAY 20th January

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.