SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

A MOTHERS LOVE BY PAUL KENNY

When her son Tony, a comprehensive school Teacher, is sent to prison for abusing one of his 14 year old female pupils, his mother Christine is plunged into a nightmare. Set against the backdrop of her visits and letters post sentence, her confusion soon turns to anger as she is forced to examine her true feelings for her only child as his denial and minimization brings with it a realization that their relationship must change if it is to survive the sentence and beyond…

FLING STORY BY TOM JENSEN

Two lovers meet in a pub and rewind then fast-forward through their doomed affair…

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am                 

IN CONVERSATION…TIMOTHY FERRIS

Timothy Ferris, called “the best popular science writer in the English language” by The Christian Science Monitor, is a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine and best selling author of books on astronomy, physics, and the history of philosophy of science.  He reads from his work followed by an interview with astronomer and Director of Griffith Observatory, Ed Krupp

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am                 

POETS & POETRY…TED KOOSER and JIM HARRISON

The author of ten collections of poetry, Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939.  In 2000, Kooser published Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison. His second collaboration with his friend is Braided Creek. He is a visiting professor in the English Department of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Jim Harrison has published thirteen collections of poetry, including The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems; After Ikkyu; The Theory and Practice of Rivers; Natural World: A Bestiary; Returning to Earth; and Locations.  He has worked as a screenwriter, book reviewer, literary critic, food columnist, sportswriter, and conservationist.

 

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 COURTNEY SULLIVAN author of The Engagements which includes info on why engagement rings are inextricably linked to diamonds and TILLY CULME SEYMOUR author of Island Summers- Memoirs of a Norwegian Childhood

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot’ followed by ‘The Great Gandolpho.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am                 

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories.

Charley Harrison presents highlights from their second Best of Spark London night at the Canal Cafe Theatre. In this episode Francis Shire aspires to be ‘King of the Camden Goths’ – can his Swedish Cybergoth partner help him achieve his dream? Meanwhile, Robyn Jankel travels across China by train and introduces a new custom in the process.

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 Wading Not Drowning by Julie Green.

TAKE FIVE

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

STEPHANIE BOND, a prolific fiction writer of mystery and romance with four upcoming releases including 7 Brides for 7 Bodies, another instalment in the popular Body Movers series.

 

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 ARROWSMITH featuring SPENCER TRACY AND FAY WRAY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am               

SHORT STORIES

THE REMOULDING OF GROBY LINGTON BY SAKI READ BY BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT

Saki’s world contrasts the effete conventions and hypocrisies of Edwardian England with the ruthless, but straightforward life-and-death struggles of nature. Nature generally wins in the end.

THE STOLEN BACILLUS BY H.G. WELLS. READ BY STEVE ARLOFF

In this short story an anarchist tries to steal cholera bacilli from a bacteriologist to poison London’s water supply, but by mistake is given a different one.

PSYCHOLOGY BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD. READ BY LIZA ROSS

New Zealand’s most famous writer, who was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf. Mansfield’s creative years were burdened with loneliness, illness, jealousy, alienation – all this reflected in her work with the bitter depiction of marital and family relationships of her middle-class characters. Her short stories are also notable for their use of stream of consciousness. Like the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, Mansfield depicted trivial events and subtle changes in human behaviour. This work first appeared in 1920. In this short story, a male and a female artist are so painfully self-conscious of the ebb and flow of their relationship that they cannot get together.

 

MONDAY 10th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am
PLAYS/DRAMA
Firesign Theatre Goes Mad, While We Wait for the Electrician
Courtesy of Radio Drama Revival we hear the antics of The Firesign Theatre, the legendary multi-trackin’, sound embellishing, sterephonic surrealistic psychedelic merry band of Phil Austin, Peter Bergmen, David Ossman and Philip Proctor.
While best known for their studio albums (such as Waiting for the Electrician Or Someone Like Him, which we hear today), the troupe had hundreds of hours of live radio experience, and had a particularly special era of a program called “Dear Friends.”
A boxed set contains all of this material – a whopping 80+ hours – along with beautiful art and hilarious anecdotes. Listen to the show for samples, or check out the Duke of Madness Motors boxed set and buy it today!
Huge thanks to Phil Proctor for giving us via Radio Drama Revival license to broadcast this terrific stuff. We also take time to shout out for the National Audio Theatre Festivals.
Also, Captain Radio reviews audio titles including the L Ron Hubbard Tales from the Golden Age collection.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…TA NEHISI COATES

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 school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to the poetry of Ben Jonson, Rumi, GK Chesterton and themes such as the poetry of Hell, January, Victorian and the Female Poet (Vol 13).

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…RALPH NADER

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 by Ralph Nader who has spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of ordinary people. He has run for president four times. Life magazine ranks him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Founder of Public Citizen, he is a long-time advocate for consumer safety and workers’ rights. He rose to fame in the 1960s when he took on General Motors and its unsafe Corvair car. His book Unsafe at Any Speed not only created a sensation but was instrumental in the enactment of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. His efforts helped create the Environmental Protection Agency. He has exposed the misdeeds of the corporate sector as well as of the political system. In recent years he has been in the forefront of the struggles around NAFTA, the WTO, corporate welfare and single payer health care.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on an adaptation of the HERMAN MELVILLE story, Bartleby introduced and featuring LAURENCE OLIVIER.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – The Fifth of November – 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 in a special archive show, Sarah Beth Durst tells ‘The Stone Girl’s Story’ and Nate Staniforth discusses ‘Here Is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World. 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 spirited award winning children’s author LUIZE PASTORE.  Although writing in her native Latvian, her books have been widely translated with Dog Town garnering particular praise.

 

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…Mary of Scotland featuring JOAN CRAWFORD

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES – KIPLING/SAKI/DEFOE

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 Rudyard Kipling’s ‘My Own True Ghost Story’

Then we hear the dark humour of Saki in Tobermory read by Richard Mitchley followed by Daniel Defoe’s story entitled The Apparition of Mrs Veal read by Ghizela Rowe

 

TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

VALENTINES DAY BY DEREK WEBB

When Chris gives his wife Nicola a present of some saucy undies as well as a card on Valentine’s Day, it’s with the hope of spicing up their marriage. She is a successful advertising executive, whose career seems to be assuming more and more importance. In the post, she also gets another card from someone called Stuart who she doesn’t know. But he certainly seems to know her and isn’t content with just sending a card.

THE TREE BY ERIC YAFFEY

Gary and Jed have arrived to cut down The Tree as part of a road building programme. But this tree is special – it has a history that links it with humanity in general and Gary in particular. As the fates of The Tree and Gary are so linked what will the consequences be? This is a fine environmental allegory.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am                 

IN CONVERSATION…ISABEL ALLENDE

Isabel Allende was born in Peru and raised in Chile. Her acclaimed first novel, The House of Spirits, was called “Nothing short of astonishing,” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of eight novels, most recently Inés of My Soul, mapping the early years of the conquest of the Americas through the experiences of Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, who flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World. Allende has also written a collection of stories, four memoirs, and a trilogy of children’s novels. Her memoir, The Sum of Our Days, recalls the last 13 years of family life in the wake of her daughter’s tragic death. She reads from her work and is then joined in conversation with literary critic Michael Silverblatt

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am                 

POETS & POETRY….PHILIP LEVINE

Philip Levine is known for his original style and voice. Readers of American poetry recognize him as the pre-eminent American poet living and writing in the U.S. Among his many awards are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (1987), a National Book Award for Poetry (1991), the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry (1991), and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1995). He reads some of his poem and is then interviewed by poet Kate Daniels.

 

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 BARBARA HULANICKI, the hugely influential fashion designer and creator of iconic clothes store Biba and SALLY WAINWRIGHT, playwright and author of Last Tango in Halifax which she executive produced for TV.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘The Problem of Thor Bridge’ followed by ‘The Adventure of Jasmine la Fleur.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am                 

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories.

A whopping 45 minutes-plus Spark London Special with a mixture of stories and songs. The theme for the evening was ‘Open Heart.’

TAKE FIVE

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

PAUL ‘SMILER’ ANDERSON, a passionate mod revivalist and author of Mods, the New Religion. In his spare time he DJ’s and holds a full time job as a postman!

 

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…Strawberry Blonde featuring RITA HAYWORTH.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am               

SHORT STORIES

THE LAW OF LIFE BY JACK LONDON READ BY WILLIAM DUFRIS

Old Koskoosh was the chief of an Eskimo tribe. Now he is blind and lame, and his tribe is preparing to leave him alone in the snow to face his death as they travel on without him. His son leaves him a pile of sticks to feed the fire beside him. When the fire dies, so will he. As he waits alone for death, he thinks of the time he left his own father in the snow.

THE MYSTERIOUS RAILWAY PASSENGER BY MAURICE LEBLANC. READ BY PATRICK MALAHIDE

French author and journalist, known as the creator of Arsène Lupin, master of disguises, the French gentleman-thief turned detective. Leblanc was a very prolific writer – he published over 60 novels and short stories. His famous hero appeared first time in the crime story ‘L’arrestation d’Arsène Lupin,’ which was written for periodical Je Sais Tout in 1905. Lupin was a forerunner of Simon Templar (The Saint) and other Robin Hoods of modern crime. In this story, a notorious villain dupes the police with his audacity and dexterity

 

 

WEDNESDAY 12th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

TURNING THE TIDE BY GARETH BROWNBILL

Ever since he was young, Larry has tried to avoid confrontation. Recently widowed, he tries to be a good father to his son Toby. When Toby is suspended from school for fighting a bully Larry faces a dilemma: how can he be a good father in Toby’s eyes if he doesn’t stand up for him? At the same time his work colleague Sarah faces constant harassment from her overbearing boss Robert. Which situation will make him fight back first, or will it be an untimely mix of the two?

                    

1pm & 9pm & 5am                 

IN CONVERSATION….B.H. FAIRCHILD

B.H. Fairchild‘s poetry has appeared in The Paris Review,The New Yorker, and The Yale Review. He grew up in small towns in Texas, Oklahoma, and southwest Kansas. His books include The Arrival of the Future, The Art of the Lathe, and most recently, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems.He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Lannan Foundations, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am                 

POETS & POETRY…. THE DARK ROOM COLLECTIVE REUNION TOUR PART I

“Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour” with Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, John Keene, Tisa Bryant, Sharan Strange, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. The Dark Room Collective was formed in 1988 in Boston by a group of young African American poets as a means of providing community to both established and emerging writers in the form of a reading series. This 25th Anniversary event with nearly all of the original founding members marks the end of the group’s reunion tour.

 

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…CHARLOTTE MENDELSON on excruciating embarrassing things which is explored in her fourth novel Almost English, and Jo Arthur, a Yin yoga teacher.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘A Case of Identity’ followed by ‘The Adventure of Beggar Woman.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am                 

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories.

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 it’s best-selling crime writer PETER JAMES.

 

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…THIS LAND IS MINE featuring CHARLES LAUGHTON

 

7pm & 3am & 11am               

SHORT STORIES

THE OLD ADAM BY D.H. LAWRENCE. READ BY DAVID SHAW-PARKER

David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover are, of course, the most famous of Lawrence’s works.

THE SPHINX WITHOUT A SECRET BY OSCAR WILDE. READ BY MARTIN JARVIS

Lady Alroy is enigmatic in everything she does – a lady with the mysterious allure of a sphinx. She captures the heart of Lord Murchison with this mystery, to the point that he follows her to find out her secret. When he sees her going into a small house in a poor part of town, he jumps to the reasonable conclusion that she has a secret lover.

 

THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CHANNEL HOPPING BY DEREK WEBB

If you want to save your marriage, it’s essential to talk to each other. Unfortunately, Ann has got to the stage when she lets the drink do much of the talking. And when her husband Steve gets back from work and slumps in front of the television, he certainly doesn’t reckon on the bizarre consequences of idly flicking from channel to channel.

 

WAITING FOR GORDON BY DEREK WEBB

Four women are attending a DIY class at their local college. Three of them, in their different ways, are wanting to assert their independence and not rely on men. While Tracy is simply waiting for the right man to come along.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am                 

IN CONVERSATION…MARY OLIVER

Mary Oliver’s poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her recent books include Owls and Other Fantasies, Why I Wake Early, and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing.” Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am                 

POETS & POETRY….NATHALIE HANDAL

Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, writer, and a cultural and literary activist. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. Her most recent poetry collections include Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, and Poet in Andalucía, described as “a unique recreation, in reverse, of Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York.” Alice Walker lauds Handal’s work as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve.” She is also the editor of the ground-breaking The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology and co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am                 

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY INTERVIEW HOUR

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for author interviews from their well stocked archive.  As always asking the questions are Rose Fox and Mark Rotella and the featured authors are Kabir Sehgal on his financial book Coined and Daniel Jose Elder with his latest book Half-Resurrection Blues.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘The Adventure of the Missing Submarine Plans’ followed by ‘The Story of Colonel Warburton’s Madness.’

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am                 

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories.

A Breakdown on the Motorway by Simon Mason and A Picnic in Paris by Mark Jansen

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 it’s award-winning novelist ELIF SHAFAK.

 

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

THE SIGNALMAN BY CHARLES DICKENS. READ BY GARARD GREEN

A classic Dickens eerie encounter between two men, the anonymous narrator of the story and a railway signalman. The signalman confides to the narrator that he has seen some disturbing sights that he believes are ghostly apparitions. The story reflects the narrator’s initial scepticism, which turns to horrified belief at the conclusion.

 

HOME SICKNESS BY GEORGE MOORE. READ BY T.P. McKENNA

James Bryden, an Irish immigrant suffering from blood poisoning, is advised by his doctor to take a long sea voyage to recover his health. He decides that he would like to see Ireland again, and the doctor agrees that a long visit to Bryden’s native Irish village of Duncannon will speed his convalescence. Bryden enjoys his return home. The cosy village is so different from his life in the Bowery of New York City, where he has a job in a bar room. As he grows stronger, he begins to appreciate the slow, deliberate rhythms of village life.

 

 

FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

CITIZENS ADVICE – THE MAKING OF A DOCUMENTARY Episode 3

At Audiobook radio we’re always pleased to bring you something a little different.  This six part series is set in a Citizens Advice Bureau; on the day that a documentary is being recorded.

 

The manipulating attitude of the documentary producer to ‘do gooders’ soon creates an atmosphere that there is going to be more to this day-in-the-life of a Citizen’s Advice Bureau than the dedicated staff have bargained for.  And, of course, there is.

 

A ‘political farce of identity’; the many threads are driven by, identity theft, identity crisis, false identity, mistaken identity, all weaving around the heart of the story; the worst act of ‘cleansed identity’ in modern history.

 

THE TROLL OF STONY BROOK

The Production company, Final Rune and Mind’s Eye Productions brings this play adapted by the multi-talented Fred Greenhalgh.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

 

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 poets.  In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of Robert Southey, Charlotte Smith and themes such as Heaven and Metaphysical Poets. Vol 8

 

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…NOAM CHOMSKY

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 MAGNA CARTA is given by the extraordinary Noam Chomsky.  In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle and Shakespeare.  The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics and has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades.

 

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. This week author Violet Ramis Stiel discusses her new memoir, ‘Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis’ and PW senior writer Andrew Albanese previews ALA. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

 

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today one of the most influential and well known Latvian writers, NORA IKSTENA whose well received books, including the award winning Soviet Milk. have been translated into many languages.

 

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:

 

DOUBLE INDEMNITY James M Cain’s brilliant book translated into the classic film starring BARBARA STANWYCK and FRED MacMURRAY

 

ALIBI IKE Ring Lardner’s popular short story and a hugely successful baseball trilogy of films.  This rendition stars JACK CARSON, ALAN HALE & JOAN LAUREN

 

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.

 

SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

GREEN BY PAUL KENNY

After vandalizing a local bowling green; Michael, a young troubled teen is forced to help repair the damage he’s done. As he learns the implications of his actions, he finds himself taken under the wing of Ted; who wants to help Michael get his life back on track.  Performed by Cornucopia Radio.

FINDING HENRY BY PAUL MAGUIRE

Henry is alone, with only the voices in his head for company. Will his wife and daughter get to him in time and stop the cycle of abuse that started 20 years ago?  Performed by The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…EDUARDO GALEANO

Eduardo Galeano, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1940 is an essayist, journalist, historian, and activist, as well as one of Latin America’s most beloved literary figures. Galeano’s books include the trilogy Memory of Fire; The Book of Embraces; We Say No;Walking Words; and Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone. His newest book, Children of the Days (Los híjos de los días), is forthcoming in English in April 2013. An outspoken critic of the increasingly dehumanizing effects of globalization on modern society, Galeano has remained a passionate advocate for human rights and justice.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY….EAVAN BOLAND

Eavan Boland explores the relationship between gender, art, and national identity in her work. She was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944 and educated in London, New York, and Dublin.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….MICHAEL MOORE

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world. This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that. We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media. Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand. Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.

Today we have Michael Moore a documentary filmmaker and satirist whose debut documentary was the award winning Roger & Me, based in his native Flint, Michigan and chronicling his attempts to interview the CEO of General Motors Roger Smith about why he closed down local factories and moved to Mexico.  Oscar winning Bowling for Columbine looked at the US’s gun culture and Fahrenheit 9/11, made post 9/11, examined at the Bush administration.  He has made numerous other films and documentaries and remains a left wing activist.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes starring Basil Rathbone. ‘The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone’ followed by ‘An Incident from Six Napoleons.’

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

 

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 Brown and The Diary by Mark Rutherford

TAKE FIVE

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

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 Awful Truth featuring CARY GRANT and CLAUDETTE COLBERT.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE DISINTEGRATION MACHINE BY ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. READ BY NICKY HENSON.

Professor Challenger is arguing with people who are persistently calling him on the telephone when his young friend Malone, a reporter for the Gazette, enters and requests Challenger accompany him to inspect the discovery of Theodore Nemor, who claims to have invented a machine capable of disintegrating objects. Sceptical of the invention, Challenger accepts Malone’s proposal and accompanies him to the house of Nemor.

THE MAN OF THE NIGHT BY EDGAR WALLACE. READ BY ROBIN BAILEY.

Born in 1875 the illegitimate son of an actress, Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was adopted by a Billingsgate fish-porter and grew up in the poorer streets of London. He wrote more than 170 books, mostly thrillers, and also plays and countless newspaper articles. This short story deals a repentant criminal and the paranormal…

THE UNREST CURE BY SAKI. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

Saki’s recurring hero Clovis Sangrail, a sly young man, overhears the complacent middle-aged Huddle complaining of his own addiction to routine and aversion to change. Huddle’s friend makes the wry suggestion of the need for an “unrest-cure” (the opposite of a rest cure) to be performed, if possible, in the home. Clovis takes it upon himself to “help” the man and his sister by involving them in an invented outrage that will be a “blot on the twentieth century.”