FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

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

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… CZESLAW MILOSZ

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

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to poets In this hour we introduce poets of the quality and breadth of Henry Wadsworh Longfellow, DH Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe and more.

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

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BRUCE COCKBURN

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

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

 

 4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

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

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

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. This week Historian Paul French discusses his new book, ‘City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai.’ PW editorial director Jim Milliot highlights bestsellers from the first half of 2018. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

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

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD DOUBLE BILL

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

WUTHERING HEIGHTS starring MERLE OBERON & CORNELL WILDE

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE starring BORIS KARLOFF  & EDDIE ALBERT

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES – WHARTON & JEROME

ROMAN FEVER BY EDITH WHARTON.  READ BY EVE KARPF

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

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

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