SUNDAY 19th November

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.

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SPACE COMMANDER by STUART PRICE

In the year 2062 the human race, ravaged by population expansion and lack of resources, decided to phase out the human body.

In 2268 the last non-virtual human being died in Ulan Bator of Dysentery.

In 2269 two space engineers, curious at what the extinct human body used to look like, decide to un-freeze Walt Disney.  Performed by The Wireless Theatre Company

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…. Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen‘s debut novel is The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam, told in the form of a forced confession by a spy for the communist-held North. The New York Times said of the book, “The great achievement of The Sympathizer is that it gives the Vietnamese a voice and demands that we pay attention. Until now, it’s been largely a one-sided conversation.”   After reading extracts of his work he will be interviewed by Chinese American writer Maxine Hong Kingston.

 

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 Alexander Pope, GK Chesterton and themes including January, the Cavalier Poets, the Night and John Keats a tribute in verse. (Vol 17)

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…Geoffrey Stone

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 Geoffrey Stone, noted First Amendment and Constitutional law scholar and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the award-winning author of many books including Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era, Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark and Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty 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 a play based on a short story by Brett Harte called The Luck of Roaring Camp introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIE.

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.

This week, author Joanna Scutts discusses her new book, The Extra Woman: How Majorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. PW senior news editor Calvin Reid recaps the National Book Awards.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today ANNA BELL, a self confessed romantic  who after leaving a career as a museum curator, is now a full-time Chicklit writer of nine books the latest of which is It Started With a Tweet.

 

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 VOL 8

BLISS BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD

This clever short story focuses on the bliss Bertha, a privileged young wife and  mother free of worries, feels for the duration of the story – a few hours in the early evening.  It is not to last to the end of the dinner party she is giving but the story is deliberately ambiguous in its intention.

 

VALLEY OF THE SPIDERS BY H.G. WELLS

You don’t have to suffer from arachnophobia to have your flesh crawl with HG Wells’ dramatic story about the Valley of the Spiders.  Fear and cowardice of the characters might mean you end up rooting for the spiders but either way be prepared for the chills.

TUESDAY 21st November

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 0- THE BREAKING & ELECTRO MAGNETIC THEATRE – BALLONJACK

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

Citizen Racecar presents Electromagnetic Theatre – eclectic, whacky and wonderful – a kind of theatre of alchemy.  It’s an experience and maybe a movement.  We have Balloonjack produced by David Hoffman – for further details go to http://citizenracecar.com/

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…TA NEHISI COATES & MICHELE NORRIS

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer, journalist – a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.  Coates wrestles with questions of identity — both blackness and whiteness.  He is followed by a talk with journalist and broadcaster Michele Norris.

 

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 DH Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning,  Edgar Allan Poe, Amy Lowell and others. (VOL 1)

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…ARUNDHATI ROY

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 Arundhati Roy the world-renowned writer who the New York Times calls, “India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence”. She is the author of many books including the hugely successful The God of Small Things.

 

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 ORSON WELLES in Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades 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 – today it’s A.L. Kennedy whose award winning work includes novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction and journalism for a variety of UK and overseas publications as well as stand up comedy and teaching.

 

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…Wizard of Oz featuring JUDY GARLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THEM OLD COWBOY SONGS READ & WRITTEN BY ANNIE PROULX

Annie is an American author & journalist who reads her own celebrated short story about how easy it is for things to go wrong.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd November

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 1- The Refuge & Episode 2 The Christening

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION

… JAMES BALDWIN FIRE NEXT TIME

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.—James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

 

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 Anne Bronte, John Keats, Matthew Arnold, HP Lovecraft and many others. (VOL 2)

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…CHRIS HEDGES

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 Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. It is entitled Captain Ahab and US Empire as the demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew – all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned

 

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 SIR RALPH RICHARDSON starring in Joseph Conrad’s The Tale introduced by SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

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

We top the hour with an episode of Incredible But True.

  

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 ERIK VALEUR, originally an award winning Danish investigative journalist who now writes fiction which has also won awards.  His first book, The Seventh Child, is a thriller based around his own experience of being in an orphanage for the first two years of his live with six others.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as CECIL B DE MILLE introduces Suspicion starring WILLIAM POWELL & OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

FATHER GILES OF BALLYMOY ANTHONY TROLLOPE READ BY NIGEL LAMBERT

Archibald Green becomes good friends with Father Giles after an inauspicious introduction.  This story is said to be based on Trollope’s own experience.

HER TURN BY D.H.LAWRENCE READ BY DAVID SHAW PARKER

This poignant story is part of the Miner’s Strike Trilogy and centres around Mr Radford who is partial to the ladies and married for the second time to the resourceful Mrs Radford.

 

THURSDAY 23rd November

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 3 The Road & Episode 4 The Pig Man

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… KEVIN BARRY

Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, appeared in the UK in 2011 and went on to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was described by The New Yorker as, “A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.”   Dark Lies the Island, Barry’s second collection of short stories, has solidified his reputation as an inventive creator of dark & brilliant prose.   A good conversationalist & here interviewed for Lannan by Ethan Nosowsky, a fan as well as successful editor.

 

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 Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns, Rudyard Kipling, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and subjects such as the poetry of Autumn, Poet Laureates and much more. 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….TOM HAYDEN

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 Tom Hayden who has been involved in many of America’s social movements for decades. He was the main author of the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society, the campus-based, activist movement. He went from street protests and being indicted by the Nixon Administration to holding office in Sacramento. He served eighteen years in the California State Assembly and State Senate. Among his many books are Voices of the Chicago Eight, Writings for a Democratic Society, and The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama.

 

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, Pushkin, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost introduced 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.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s EMMA HEALEY whose impressive debut novel, ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ proved hugely successful and won her widespread critical acclaim.  Author Deborah Moggach said of it:  ‘A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp.’

 

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 there as producer Irving Cummings unveils….War of the Worlds starring DANA ANDREWS & PAT CROWLEY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

IN A FAR COUNTRY by JACK LONDON read by WILLIAM DUFRIS

Wealthy, worldly and idealistic Percy Cuthfert travels from Edmonton to the northern area of Canada in yet another brilliant Jack London short story.

THE RATS by M.R. JAMES read by RICHARD MITCHLEY

This ghost story has our protagonist Mr Thomson, a young Cambridge scholar, wanting solitude.  He is staying at a country inn and is greeted by unexpected horror.

FRIDAY 24th November

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

Citizen Racecar presents Electromagnetic Theatre – eclectic, whacky and wonderful – a kind of theatre of alchemy.  It’s an experience and maybe a movement.  We have 4 episodes back to back:  The Alligator, The Vision, The Punchline and You Can Thank Me Later.  All executive produced by David Hoffman – for further details go to http://citizenracecar.com/

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….TEJU COLE

Teju Cole, writer, art historian, photographer and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine, is the author of the novella Every Day is for the Thief, named as book of the year by The New York Times. Of his novel Open City, Time Magazine said, “A powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but Open City merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.”  After a reading Teju is interviewed by writer and journalist Amitava Kumar.

 

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 OSCAR WILDE, RUDYARD KIPLING, ROBERT BURNS, EMILY DICKINSON & WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 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…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 La Grande Breteche by BALZAC introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. This week author David Friend discusses his new book, The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido. and PW senior reviews editor Rose Fox explains why romance novels should be turned into movies.  Their podcast is presented this week by MARK ROTELLA without the usual Rose Fox.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today MARIA DZIEDZAN writer of the historical fiction book When Sorrows Come.

 

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 Random Harvest starring GREER GARSON and RONALD COLEMAN

 

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 25th November

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.