SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SEX AND POLITICS by COLIN LEWISOHN

Tom thinks he knows himself well, he fancies women. Leaving his affair with Jo behind him Tom enters the world of sexual politics where he faces a challenge to his very identity. It is the mid 1980s and the pursuit of gay rights is now at the centre of the political stage. But how will the pursuit of justice fare in the murky world of political intrigue and what will be the personal costs?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… RICHARD POWERS

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…DEREK WALCOTT OBE

Derek Walcott, is a hugely talented poet, playwright and visual artist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011 for White Egrets.  Here he reads some of his work and then is interviewed by Glyn Maxwell.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features Henrietta Green, award winning food writer and broadcaster

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Dancing Men.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are A Grand Gesture by Jess Brownrigg and The Open Window by Harsh Agarwal.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Wherever I Lay My Hat by Julie Green and Venus by Clare Reddaway.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today PETER JAMES, Brighton charmer, film producer and international best seller of crime thriller fiction.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

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

Alice Adams featuring CLAUDETTE COLBERT and FRED McMURRAY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

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

Joyce’s story begins with an unconscious man who has fallen down the stairs in a pub after heavy drinking. A friend of his, Mr. Power, finds him, reveals him to be named Tom Kernan, and takes him home to his wife. Kernan is a salesman who once possessed an easy charm and manner but has since descended into alcoholism. An injury to his tongue sustained during the fall keeps Kernan in bed. Two days later, he is visited by his friends Power, M’Coy, and Cunningham. The friends have concocted a plan to get Kernan to attend a Catholic retreat with them. The four discuss many matters and finally settle upon religion.

MAD BY GUY DE MAUPASSANT. READ BY DEREK JACOBI.

French author of the naturalistic school, generally considered the greatest French short story writer. Maupassant took the subjects for his pessimistic stories and novels chiefly from the behaviour of the bourgeoisie, the Franco-Prussian War, and the fashionable life of Paris. During the last years of his life, Maupassant suffered from mental illness.

 

MONDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CARNIVAL OF DEATH PART I BY L. RON HUBBARD

Fans of classic Golden Age dramas will not be disappointed with this story of undercover narcotics agent Detective Bob Clark investigating the discovery of headless bodies in the seamy side of L.A.

  

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… CHRIS WILLIAMS

Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist based in New York City. He is professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University and chair of the science department at Packer Collegiate Institute and a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review (ISR), and The Indypendent, an online newspaper that looks at news and culture through a critical lens, exploring how systems of power—economic, political and social—affects the lives of people locally and globally.

 

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 William Blake, Charlotte Bronte and themes such as Classic Love Poetry, Novelist as Poet and many more. VOL 9

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 your usual digital store such as Amazon or iTunes or at https://www.deadtreepublishing.com/  That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…ARUN GANDHI

 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, Arun Gandhi the grandson of India’s apostle of nonviolence, Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi talks about Gandhian Nonviolence Today. In 1991, Arun Gandhi and his wife Sunanda, founded The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an author, journalist, and activist who lectures on this subject all over the world.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on a play by Max Beerbohm’s The Happy Hypocrite introduced by SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER and featuring SIR JOHN GIELGUD as Lord George Hell.

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 Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America and PW associate news editor John Maher explores how poetry is reaching new audiences.   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 author and publisher Meike Ziervogel whose innovative approach in collaborative literature has produced thought provoking works.

 

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 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 18th SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SOFT CENTRES BY CARL CHETTY featuring JOANNA LUMLEY AND DEREK JACOBI

Soft Centres is set in a chocolate shop. It’s Valentine’s Day, but there’s about as much love in this emporium as you might expect in a nest of vipers! Millicent and Frankie have been working together for more years than either of them care to remember. But in spite of their advancing years and working proximity, their relationship seems based entirely on conflict and a never-ending stream of insults. However, this Valentine’s Day marks a ‘melting moment’ in the hatred between these two confrontational ‘chocolatiers’, and we discover what lies at the heart of their mutual loathing.

THE PUDDLE BY GARETH BROWN

A truly strange tale told by our narrator, a puddle obsessed busker. Follow the story of Chris Harris who finds solace in a nearby puddle.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… MARGARET ATWOOD

Margaret Atwood is an extraordinarily talented writer of poetry, literary criticism, non-fiction and of course novels including The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983) and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…. SEAMUS HEANEY

Seamus Heaney reads his own work followed by a chat with the late, great Seamus Heaney interviewed by Dennis O’ Driscoll

Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family which would eventually contain nine children. He uses all aspects of Irish culture, history, folklore, song, myth, and religion to write poetry that not only describes the Irish experience to the reader, but also allows the reader to feel the experience and emotions of the Irish people. Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

 

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 LAURA MARNEY, a talented Glasgow born author of four novels and numerous short stories and Anne Jirsch is a future life progressionist who explained her life path from being a hippie travelling in India to Tarot reader and now a very successful business woman. Anne also talks about her close relationship with hypnotist Paul McKenna.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Empty House

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are A Breakdown on the Motorway by Simon Mason and A Picnic in Paris by Mark Yansen.

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 The Captain by Phillip Douch and Blue Genes by Elaine Miles.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today ELIF SHAFAK, the award winning novelist, whose most recent book is the mesmerising Honour.

 

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…Jezebel featuring LORETTA YOUNG

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE WHITE SILENCE BY JACK LONDON. READ BY WILLIAM DUFRIS.

The White Silence introduced London’s hero of the Yukon and the Klondike, the Malemute Kid. The story also introduced the dominant philosophical and stylistic patterns that characterize not only the stories and the novel of this first period of London’s career, but of the whole range of his fiction as man battles with the elements of nature. Here, Malemute accompanies a man and his wife through the Yukon in an attempt to get to civilization before Spring.

THE MONKEY’S PAW BY W.W. JACOBS. READ BY PATRICK MALAHIDE.

Be careful what you wish for is both the morale and the plot of “The Monkey’s Paw”. The parents want everything wonderful for their son and make wishes on a charm which they hope will result in a better life for the whole family. Unfortunately their wish for financial gain results in tragedy. First published in 1902.

THE GIRL FROM ARLES BY ALPHONSE DAUDET. READ BY STEPHEN FRY.

Alphonse Daudet was born in Nimes, where he spent the first eight years of his life. Daudet’s early years were shadowed by the irritable character of his father, a silk manufacturer. After the collapse of the business, the family moved to Lyons. Daudet did not like his new surroundings and he attended school only sporadically. Daudet wrote his first novel at the age of 14. He worked as a teacher in Alais, but in 1857 Daudet moved to Paris, where his older brother Ernest had settled. To earn his living, Daudet contributed to newspapers, especially for Figaro.

 

WEDNESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FRACTURED LIVES BY ALICE COLLINS

The story of William, returning home from the battlefield to try and restart a life he used to know; but soon learning that the casualties of WW2 are not just amongst the dead. Far too many men were maimed and disabled with scars, both physically and mentally, that would continue to blight them for the rest of their lives…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… NOAM CHOMSKY

Noam Chomsky is a world class thinker and leader of Liberal America so therefore vilified by the Right. However, all would agree that his opinions and facts engage and drive the debate.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY….CLAUDIA RANKINE

Claudia Rankine reads her own work and then is interviewed by Saskia Hamilton.

Claudia has written lyrics, essays, film scripts, a play that was performed on a bus and a recent collection of poems called Citizen.  She questions the personal and public self and plays with media, genre, style and punctuation.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

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

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Missing Three Quarter

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are

Choose your own Adventure by Kit Lovelace and Down Old Compton Street by Clayton Littlewood.

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 Carpe Diem by Natalie Bown and The Diary by Mark Rutherford.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today ANDREA DI ROBILANT, widely praised Italian writer and journalist who writes elegant, informative prose in both languages as evident from A Venetian Affair and his latest book Chasing the Rose.

 

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 Champ featuring WALLACE BEERY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE DEAD HAND WILKIE COLLINS. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

It’s 1850 and young, easy-going Arthur Holliday visits Doncaster for the races, but all the hotel rooms are full, all that is, except for one remaining twin room that he’ll have to share with a stranger. After agreeing to take the room Arthur discovers his room-mate is recently deceased. Even then, all might be well if it wasn’t for the dead hand…

 

ON BEING IDLE BY JEROME K. JEROME. READ BY HUGH LAURIE.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation, then, and a most exhausting one. A few intriguing tips and observations on a fascinating pastime…

 

THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

RETRO ACTIVE ANTI-TERROR BY ALEX IRVINE

One of the HorrorScope radio plays from the ‘Nightmares on Congress Street collection, “Retroactice Anti-Terror,” by Alex Irvine, is a science fiction story that presents a very real futuristic political horror.

THE WIND BY RAY BRADBURY

Classic Ray Bradbury…Meteorologist John Colt travels to the Valley of the Winds and finds the place where the winds gather to plan their destruction. When the winds realize he knows too much, they come after him in his home and seek to absorb him and add their voice to those of all the others they have killed

AT SEA BY STEPHEN R. SMITH

Two lovers decide whether they will stay together in this short play.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… MAUDE BARLOW

Maude Barlow educates people all over the world about the crisis of water privatization, and documents how commodification of water results in soaring rate increases and severe water shortages. She says, “Life requires access to clean water; to deny the right to water is to deny the right to life.” In her work she particularly advocates for the world’s poor, who in some cases pay more for potable water than do wealthier people in the same communities. She travels and lectures widely, arguing that water is a basic right and should not be a commodity.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic Beat Poetry followed by…LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the prominent poet whose voice still resounds and remains relevant. Although 95, he is still resident at City Lights book store.

 

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…

JACKY DONOVAN, business woman turned dominatrix, talking about her book Instant Whips and Dream Toppings and Tessa Stuart supermarket branding supremo.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Greg Wagland superbly narrates The Priory School

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are

Crab Dinner / The Goldfish by Fred and Kerry Crawley and Long Legs by Bill Singh.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

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

TAKE FIVE

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

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

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

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE BAGMAN’S STORY BY CHARLES DICKENS READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

An uncharacteristically happy story taken from ‘The Pickwick Papers’. Dealing with themes of marriage and having an overall positive tone, this tale is uplifting and gentle, with a reassuring and welcome direction.

LOST HEARTS BY M.R. JAMES READ BY RICHARD PASCO.

An orphaned boy comes to live with his reclusive relative, but there are strange manifestations in the house. The ghost children want vengeance – and they want it now. A classic ghost story from a master storyteller.

 

FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

ABR are proud to present Radio Drama Revival with Crazy Dog Audio Theatre‘s “The Salmon of Blackpool.”  This ranks as one of producer Fred Greenhalgh’s top five dramas of all time, so it gets a little special treatment. Johnny Gallagher is a world famous movie star from Cork, Ireland, but a cranky despot of a man and not taking well to life with a debilitating, fatal disorder. Richie has been hired by some big movie producers to make a ‘feel good’ biopic, but what is there to ‘feel good’ about in the life of this dark figure?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… CZESLAW MILOSZ

Czeslaw Milosz born in Lithuania in 1911, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. Mr. Milosz worked for the Resistance in Warsaw during World War II, editing anti-Nazi books and pamphlets. He has published 21 books of poetry since his first, A Poem on Frozen Time, appeared in 1933.  He recites many of his poems followed by a talk with Helen Vendler

 

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 In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of Henry Wadsworh Longfellow, DH Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe and more.

All of them are from a dedicated poetry publisher – Portable Poetry who believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other things can’t. Their range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a range of themes. Check them out at your usual digital store such as Amazon or iTunes or at https://www.deadtreepublishing.com/ That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BRUCE COCKBURN

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 Bruce Cockburn, one of Canada’s greatest singer/songwriters whose work has profoundly influenced more than one generation. His political and environmental consciousness together with his respect for human rights and world cultures makes his talk entitled Lovers in a Dangerous Time not to be missed.

 

 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 and Anton Chekhov are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on a play based on The Aspern Papers by Henry James introduced and featuring by SIR RALPH RICHARDSON.

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 Historian Paul French discusses his new book, ‘City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai.’ PW editorial director Jim Milliot highlights bestsellers from the first half of 2018. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today the Guardian’s Associate Editor of Culture, CLAIRE ARMISTEAD who is also a trustee of English PEN.  Claire has edited an anthology of fascinating stories, Tales of Two Londons – Stories from a Fractured City.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD DOUBLE BILL

Back when going to the movies meant a whole afternoon or evening’s entertainment not just the one movie Audiobook radio is proud to be home to the Hollywood Double Bill.  Adapted for radio with all the frills including the big stars and hosted by Roger Prior.  We have:

WUTHERING HEIGHTS starring MERLE OBERON & CORNELL WILDE

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE starring BORIS KARLOFF  & EDDIE ALBERT

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES – WHARTON & JEROME

ROMAN FEVER BY EDITH WHARTON.  READ BY EVE KARPF

This elegant story centres on the relationship of two women who dining out on the terrace of a Roman restaurant with a view of the Forum, Colosseum, and other sights arrange to remain until evening so as to continue to enjoy the splendid view.  Wharton wrote the story in the omniscient third-person so she is able to reveal the thoughts of the two main characters magnificently well and together with a surprise ending this story is a must to listen to.

THE MINOR POET BY JEROME K JEROME.  READ BY JAMES TAYLOR

This is a forgotten gem of a story by British writer and humorist Jerome K Jerome and available as a download http://www.amazon.com/Jerome-K-Short-Stories/dp/B005J9QC6S/ref=sr_1_1? or ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Short-Stories-Of-Jerome/dp/1780005911

 

SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER BY H.P. LOVECRAFT

Harley Warren and his protégé Randolph Carter have trekked through long-abandoned woods in search of a fabulous and ancient treasure, but only Warren has the fortitude to descend into the ancient crypt they eventually find. At first, Carter is annoyed at being left on the surface, but as he hears his mentor’s tales through a military phone, he changes his mind.

 

MR HUMPHREYS AND HIS INHERITANCE BY M.R. JAMES

Mr. Humphreys is an academic, who unexpectedly inherits a large country house and fortune from an Uncle he never met. Moving into the house he is fascinated by a maze in the garden, built by an ancestor, and to which his Uncle had never allowed visitors to tread. Exploring the maze Mr. Humphreys discovers a mysterious globe in the centre…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… NAOMI KLEIN

Naomi Klein’s intelligence and perception provides a radical view on the world that finds great favour among many. As a teenager she lived her life in shopping malls and maybe somewhere between the two lies the real Naomi Klein.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Classic American Poetry followed by…. MARK STRAND

Mark Strand was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934, and was raised and educated in the United States. Described as a “poet of mood, of integrated fragments, of twilit landscape, and of longing,” Mr. Strand has said, “I think the reality of the poem is a very ghostly one. It doesn’t try for the kind of concreteness that fiction tries for. It doesn’t ask you to imagine a place in detail; it suggests, it suggests, it suggests again.”

His nine poetry books include Blizzard of One, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor; The Continuous Life; and Reasons for Moving. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

 

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 LOUSIE PENNY bestselling 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

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 MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH BY EDGAR ALLAN POE. READ BY WILLIAM DUFRIS.

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death’’ was first published in 1842. In the original publication, the title was given the English spelling of “mask,’’ yet it was changed to “masque” in 1845. In this macabre tale, a Prince Prospero seals himself and a thousand of his friends into the abbey of a castle in order to protect them from a deadly pestilence—The Red Death—that is ravaging the country. But when the group indulge in a lavish costume ball in order to distract themselves from the suffering and death outside their walls, the Red Death, disguised as a costumed guest, enters and claims the lives of everyone present.

 

A TERRIBLY STRANGE BED BY WILKIE COLLINS. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

Charles Faulkner, a young American gambler in Paris, should have left the casino after striking it lucky. Why on earth did he accept to sleep in the casino’s guest bed? This was to be the most horrible night he had ever lived.