SUNDAY 19th March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED – Season Two Episode 15 THE REVELATION

In Season One, set in the mid-21st century, fuel was running out, food was scarce, Acts of God – and humans – took down the grid and everything else. Civilisation ground to a halt. And then things got really bad.  But they survived.  And now in Season Two of the epic apocalyptic drama our motley band of heroes is traveling a treacherous river, but nature is only the beginning of the challenges they will face because in the shadows of the City of Corinth, a great evil has unlocked the secret to controlling the minds of millions: fear and violence.

The Production company, Final Rune, is centered on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhaigh who not only writes, produces and directs “The Cleanse” 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

AT THE FOURTH MINUTE BY LEE RAVITZ

This radio play is brought to us by courtesy of the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company who have been creating brilliant productions since 2006.  They were born from a desire to make theatre accessible to all regardless of personal, physical, social or financial hardship and all their work has strong leanings in that direction whether it is choosing to air work online or the scholarships offered and their  educational work. Check out their website for further info : http://www.bunbanter.com/

 

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…GEOFF WINDE

From the Edinburgh Free Fringe we present the epic poem, Money is as Innocent as the Gun, read by the author, Geoff Winde.  Not so much a shot in the dark as a well crafted aim at the root of all evil!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BARBARA EHRENREICH

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 Kicking People When They Are Down and is given by Barbara Ehrenreich an American author, journalist and political activist who describes herself as “a myth buster by trade”, and has been called “a veteran muckraker” by The New Yorker.

 

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 the comical piece THE INSPECTOR GENERAL by GOGOL introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER vol13

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 but this week it’s not live at their offices in NYC but is pre recorded consisting of their favourite interviews of 2015 which are with Buzz Bissinger and Daniel José Older

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today JEREMY MARRE, award winning television director, producer and of course writer who has worked around the globe with a wide range of people telling their stories.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, Cecil B De Mille unveils…Front Page Woman featuring FRED MacMURRAY & PAULETTE GODDARD

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

SOULS BELATED BY EDITH WHARTON PART I READ BY JANET MAW

This story focusses on Lydia and her American lover, Gannet, who have runaway to Europe to be together, having rejected the social conventions of society on such liaisons.  Full of insight and wonderful characterisation. PART II can be heard at the same times on TUESDAY.

THE DEFEAT OF THE CITY & GIFT OF THE MAGI BY O’HENRY READY BY PETER JOYCE

Two of O’Henry’s many excellent stories containing his trademark wit, warmth, unexpected endings and  totally credible characters.  The first story centres around Robert Walmesly and the second is regarded as one of his best and is about a young married couple who are broke but not broken.

 

MONDAY 20th March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

FLO’S DOMAIN BY JOAN MOFFAT

Flo’s Domain is her launderette. Flo provides a community service with open ears, wise counsel and a good heart. But the launderette is under threat and her little world and livelihood are at risk.

THE BUS JOURNEY BY COLIN LEWISOHN

This very short radio play is a testament to Rosa Parks and the continuing success of the American civil rights movement at the moment that Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….. 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

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 George Eliot, Rabindrinath Tagore & Arthur Conan Doyle among others as well as themes including London, the Sea and Animals.

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….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

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 Jules Romain called Dr Knock introduced by SIR RALPH RICHARDSON and starring ROBERT MORLEY.

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 but this week is from the archives with author and educator Nisi Shawl discussing her debut novel, ‘Everfair and  meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler discussing his new book, ‘Love Hurts.’

 

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 Phantom Lady, based on the EDGAR ALLAN POE story starring  BRIAN AHERNE, ELLA RAINES & ALAN CURTIS.

 

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 very different.  Gary Edward Geddall is a psychologist, psychotherapist & hypnotherapist as well as a prolific writer.  Here he will be reading from his fictional title Adventures with the Master and telling us of how the book evolved but first we have a reading from And I Thought Divorce was Bad With Other Life Lessons.  The authors are 5 American women who combine their life experiences in poetry & prose to share and inspire but best if we leave them to introduce themselves and their book.

 

TUESDAY 21st March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED – Season Two Episode 16 THE REVELATION Part II

In Season One, set in the mid-21st century, fuel was running out, food was scarce, Acts of God – and humans – took down the grid and everything else. Civilisation ground to a halt. And then things got really bad.  But they survived.  And now in Season Two of the epic apocalyptic drama our motley band of heroes is traveling a treacherous river, but nature is only the beginning of the challenges they will face because in the shadows of the City of Corinth, a great evil has unlocked the secret to controlling the minds of millions: fear and violence.

The Production company, Final Rune, is centered on the award laden multi-talented Fred Greenhaigh who not only writes, produces and directs “The Cleanse” 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

THE GROUNDED
Another good play courtesy of Pindrop Theatre which was founded to use theatre and all the performing arts to promote social inclusion – theatre for change.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… DINAW MENGESTU

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and emigrated to join his father in the US, who had fled the communist revolution in Ethiopia. Mengestu has written for many publications and wrote the novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears which the NY Times Book Review reviewed as “a great African novel, a great Washington novel, and a great American novel.”    Here he reads extracts and is interviewed by Penn Szittya from Georgetown University’s English department where Dinaw studied.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY

A special collection of classic Scottish poetry is followed by:

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).

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO….DAVID SUZUKI

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 The Nature of Things is given by David Suzuki an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, author and broadcaster.

 

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 ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S The Suicide Club introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER.

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella who this week are on holiday so have chosen their favourite interviews of 2015, namely, marine biologist James McClintock and Wil Haygood about his book on Thurgood Marshall

TAKE FIVE

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

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…Each Dawn I Die starring GEORGE RAFT and LYN BARRY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

SOULS BELATED BY EDITH WHARTON PART II READ BY JANET MAW

This story focusses on Lydia and her American lover, Gannet, who have runaway to Europe to be together, having rejected the social conventions of society on such liaisons.  Full of insight and wonderful characterisation.  (Tart I broadcast Sunday/Monday)

LAURA BY SAKI READ BY BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT

Masterful short story writer, Saki, revels in dark humour in this tale that could be about reincarnation but is definitely intriguing.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

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… ….YIYUN LI

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996 where her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and was described by the Washington Post as “a remarkable debut”—it’s one of those rare short story collections where you find yourself reading one perfectly realized gem after the next. Her recent novel, The Vagrants, is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society that eventually led to the Tiananmen Square uprising. Li is introduced and interviewed by Brigid Hughes after her readings.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY…KEVIN YOUNG

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

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…HOWARD ZINN

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 Resistance and the Role of the Artists and is given by Howard Zinn who was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  He continues to be politically active, erudite and insightful:  “We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.”

 

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 Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson introduced and starring LAURENCE OLIVIER.

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

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

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today the remarkable MAX PORTER whose innovative debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers is both a tender and brutal exploration of grief.

 

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…Stage Door featuring GINGER ROGERS, ALOLPHE MENJOU & ROSALIND RUSSELL.

 

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 very different.  Gary Edward Geddall is a psychologist, psychotherapist & hypnotherapist as well as a prolific writer.  Here he will be reading from his fictional title Adventures with the Master and telling us of how the book evolved but first we have a reading from And I Thought Divorce was Bad With Other Life Lessons.  The authors are 5 American women who combine their life experiences in poetry & prose to share and inspire but best if we leave them to introduce themselves and their book.

 

THURSDAY 23rd March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE DESIGNATED MOURNER BY WALLACE SHAWN

Wally Shawn is an award winning actor and dramatist and here he performs with Deborah Eisenberg the second act from his play The Designated Mourner.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… LORRIE MOORE

Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collection Birds of America (described as “one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” by The New York Times Book Review).  In her new novel, A Gate at the Stairs, Moore turns her eye to the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. Moore is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and it is courtesy of Lannan that we hear her read and talk about her work.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY...WALT WHITMAN TRIBUTE EVENING

Featuring Eamon Grennan, Major Jackson, and Pattiann Rogers with Michael Silverblatt.

Walt Whitman (born Walter Whitman) (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist whose unrhymed, unmetered verse marked a radical departure in poetics and framed the American experience in terms that would greatly influence subsequent literature. Before Whitman, poetry written in America was largely English poetry written on a colonial shore. Whitman’s arrival was like the sounding of a liberty bell. Literary critic Harold Bloom has stated that “no Western poet, in the past century and half, not even Browning, or Leopardi or Baudelaire, overshadows Walt Whitman.”

  

3pm & 11pm & 7am

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 by Robert McChesney, the author of many books including Digital Disconnect, and is on Capitalism in the Age of  Digital.  Some say that Capitalism has colonized cyberspace, spurred the collapse of journalism, independent bookstores and many, many jobs. The sharp decline in antitrust enforcement of violations, the increase in patents on technology and proprietary systems, and massive subsidies have turned large parts of the Internet into an electronic shopping mall. And worse, it has become an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance thus further eroding democracy. Activists are attempting to reclaim the democratizing potential of the Internet before the door slams shut.

 

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 – Balzac, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on Mr Micawber’s Difficulties from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield,  introduced and starring LAURENCE OLIVIER.

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

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

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today one of Britain’s most prolific and best selling authors, JEFFREY ARCHER who has sold over 300 million books!  That says a lot and now we hear Jeffrey say a little bit more.

 

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…Blood and Sand starring TYRONE POWER & ANNABELLA.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING BY RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY  Part I

This fascinating story was inspired by fact and as Henry James remarked ‘an extraordinary tale.’  Masterfully told in the first person by a British journalist who we suspect is Kipling himself, it was made into a movie by John Houston which Humphrey Bogart asked to appear in, such is the story’s appeal.

A DILL PICKLE BY KATHERINE MANSFIELD READ BY EVE KARPF

This spendidly crafted short story centres on two people who had a relationship meeting by chance after six years.  It reveals much, not only on lost love but social class and sharing.

FRIDAY 24th March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

Firesign Theatre’s Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death.

Legendary Firesign Theatre, the “4 or 5 Krazee Guys” (Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor) whose embellished sterephonic comedy recordings altered the minds of a generation, warp our minds again with this lampooning of the end of days, Mega thanks to Phil Proctor for giving Radio Drama Revival permission to broadcast this terrific stuff. Also Radio Drama Revival’s Fred Greenhalgh as Captain Radio Audio Reviews titles from Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre and L. Ron Hubbard’s The Headhunters

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… JOHN D’AGATA

John D’Agata published his first book, Halls of Fame, a collection of lyric essays, in 2001 and Annie Dillard called it “A daring, utterly original book by a young writer of rare intelligence and artistry… With wit and finesse, and writing that’s as much poetry as it is prose, D’Agata is redefining the modern American essay.” He has since edited two essay collections, The Next American Essay (2002) and The Lost Origins of the Essay (2009) and his creative nonfiction book, About a Mountain, was published in 2010. His most recent book is The Lifespan of a Fact, published in 2012, and is a collaboration with Jim Fingal, the fact-checker, who worked on a D’Agata essay originally slated to publish in 2003.  Courtesy of the Lannan Foundation he reads from his work and is interviewed by writer Ben Marcus.

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words.  A way to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition.  Poems evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise – opens our ears and eyes to very personal feelings.

Today, courtesy of the Scottish Poetry Library, we are delighted to be able to focus on two poets and hear them talking about their influences and work.  First up is Angela Clelland, born and schooled near Inverness. has been writing award winning poetry from an early age and she talks to Colin Waters.  After Angela we’ll hear from Swiss German poet Nora Gomringer who recites some of her work in German which sounds difficult but is surprisingly accessible.  Nora has a TV show in Germany where she recites poetry from Shakespeare to contemporary Syrian poets as well as her own work.  Here she is interviewed by Jennifer Williams.

Information on both Angela, Nora and the Scottish Poetry Library can be heard on air or check out their website: www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

 

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, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on a short story based on Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime introduced and featuring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER in the title role.

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 and today it’s KATIE FFORDE, the British romance novelist who set up the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract and has been an intrinsic part of the  Romantic Novelists’ Association.

 

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

A DOUBLE TRAGEDY – An Actor’s Story by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT  Read by DEREK JACOBI

This is a story of jealousy and revenge set in a theatrical company, although well drawn, are almost campy in their melodrama.

THE RETICENCE OF LADY ANNE by SAKI Read by RICHARD MITCHLEY

This is trademark Saki, deliciously irreverent on the rituals and conventions of society with a sting in the tale.

SATURDAY 25th March

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MARX IN SOHO by Howard Zinn  Actor, teacher and activist Brian Jones plays Karl Marx in the late Howard Zinn’s amusing one person play that looks at Marx’s life, relationships, his analysis of society and his passion for radical change.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION

JEREMY SCAHILL is an investigative reporter, war correspondent and author of international bestselling books including Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.  He has reported from war zones across the globe and his work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors..

 

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

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 on the Limits of Academic Freedom is given by Steven Salaita Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.  He is the author of Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures and Politics, Anti-Arab Racism in the USA and Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on a play based on a short story by Brett Harte called The Luck of Roaring Camp introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE 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 Mark Rotella

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today award winning writer NIKESH SHUKLA who adds well observed characters and humour to our contemporary cultural landscape.

 

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 I Wanted Wings starring RAY MILLAND, VERONICA LAKE & WILLIAM HOLDEN.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING BY RUDYARD KIPLING READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY  Part II

This fascinating story was inspired by fact and as Henry James remarked ‘an extraordinary tale.’  Masterfully told in the first person by a British journalist who we suspect is Kipling himself, it was made into a movie by John Houston which Humphrey Bogart asked to appear in, such is the story’s appeal.

A WARNING IN RED BY  VICTOR L. WHITECHURCH READ BY PATRICK MALAHIDE

Apparently Whitechurch was the first writer to send his stories to be vetted by Scotland Yard so we can assume that this tale is accurate but the genre is more horror than detective.  A must for trainspotters!