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.