SUNDAY 20th JANUARY

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.