SUNDAY 23rd July

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.

MONDAY 24th July

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MUMBAI CHUZZLEWITS by JOHN DRYDEN  Part 3

Brought to us by Radio Drama Revival we hear Part 2 Murder, Alliances and Greed of this excellent drama that transposes Charles Dickens’ satire on the corrosive power of money to the hot, hectic streets of modern-day Mumbai, India.  In it, the miserly old recluse Martin Chuzzlewit adopts an orphan girl, Mary, to be his caregiver. As she will inherit nothing upon his death, he believes she will do her utmost to keep him in good health. But when Chuzzlewit’s grandson Mickey falls in love with Mary, Martin’s plans are thrown into disarray. Disinheriting him, Martin triggers a complex web of deceit, betrayal and manipulation as the extended family and hangers-on close in, in pursuit of his fortune.  This fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder is told in three hour-long parts, and you can hear the final part next Monday or previous parts on  Radio Drama Revival introduced by Fred Greenhalgh.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….. MAX BLUMENTHAL

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning author and journalist with his articles appearing in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post as well as appearances on radio and TV and being Senior Writer at Alternet.  His investigative video reports have been seen by millions of online viewers and rebroadcast by networks from the United States to Russia.  His books include Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY  ADRIAN MATEJKA

Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award and recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared inAmerican Poetry ReviewThe Best American Poetry 2010Gulf CoastPoetryPloughshares, and Prairie Schooneramong other journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel. Followed by an introduction by Dana Levin, Adrian reads a range of poems from Mixology and other volumes and takes questions from the audience assembled at the Lannan Foundation.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….

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

Today’s talk is on Terrorism, Climate Change & Capitalism and given by Arun Gupta, journalist and activist who was a founding editor of The Indypendent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. His articles appear in Alternet, Truthout, The Guardian and Z. He also appears on Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera.

 

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 Black Mate by Joseph Conrad 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. On today’s show Paul Lynch discusses his new novel, Grace. Then PW editorial director Jim Milliot talks about Canadian bookseller Indigo’s possible move into the U.S.Their podcast is normally presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella but today Rose is away.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers and today it’s S.African writer Magogodi oaMphela Makhene who will also be reading an extract from her Caine nominated short story The Virus which you can hear in full on  https://soundcloud.com/caine-prize/the-virus-by-magogodi-oamphela-makhene

 

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 higely successful baseball trilogy of films.  This rendition stars JACK CARSON, ALAN HALE & JOAN LAUREN

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

NEW VOICES

It’s easy to be dismissive of self help books but the appetite for them doesn’t diminish.  The two we extract today are both from the And I Thought Ladies who brought us their life experiences in poetry & prose surrounding Divorce.  Today, two of their growing collective, namely Wilnona & Jade will be reading extracts from And I Thought Being Grown Up Was Easy… and And I Thought I Did My Journey Alone.  We’re going to talk to them too and find out how their original 5 Afro American women collective has grown & continues to do so.  You can find more from them including their TV show, radio interviews, books and much more at  www.andwethought.com

TUESDAY 25th July

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.

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 26th July

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.

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 27th July

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.

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 28th July

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

DAY OF THE DEAD .

The Production company, Final Rune, is centered on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhaigh who not only writes, produces and directs but much else besides.  Plus he has a talented cast and crew who give it their all so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at Final Rune.com

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….ISABEL WILKERSON

Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic story of the Great Migration, chronicling the journey of over six million black Americans from the South who migrated north and west between World War I and the 1970s. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted 15 years to the research and writing of the book, interviewing more than 1,200 people along the way. Wilkerson is a former national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times.

 

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 Thomas Hood, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edith Nesbit 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 on, iTunes, Audible, Downpour or the digital music section on Amazon. That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…PUMLA GOBODO-MADIKIZELA

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world. This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that. We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media. Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand. Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.   Today’s talk is given by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela a senior research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State in South Africa. and is entitled Forgiving the Unforgivable.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

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

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher – featuring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE in more of these timeless classic adventures.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. Their podcast is presented by Mark Rotella

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s Scott Caladon, the author of People’s Book Winner, Darke Mission, a fast-paced action thriller.

 

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 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the mysterious hero of the French Revolution starring LESLIE HOWARD & OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES –KIPLING & JEROME K JEROME

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 MARK OF THE BEAST by RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY ROBBIE MCNAB  followed by THE WISDOM OF UNCLE PODGER BY JEROME K JEROME READ BY HUBERT GRIEG

SATURDAY 29th July

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.