MONDAY 24th April

Noon & 8pm & 4am



We are delighted to be broadcasting the radio premiere of A Kingdom for a Stage, originally performed at the Chelsea Theatre.  It celebrates and commemorates the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday and death on 23rd April.

In Part I Ben Jonson discovered Shakespeare in the heavens in a catatonic state.  Literary luminaries explained that he had made an unauthorised visit to the world and was horrified that mankind had not progressed so decided to torment them.  Placated by his contemporaries reminding him of his own flawed life Shakespeare returns to the heavens to write his 38th play!


1pm & 9pm & 5am


Colm Tóibín is one of the most distinct and multi-layered voices in modern Irish fiction, noting, “I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.” Aside from being a novelist, he is also a playwright, essayist, editor and journalist. Two of his books, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, a novel depicting the interior life of writer Henry James, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  His play which he reads excerpts of & talks about with Michael Silverblatt, The Testament of Mary, was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award.


2pm & 10pm & 6am


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 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe, D.H Lawrence, Daniel Sheehan, Charles Dickens 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


Aptly named as this hour offers an alternative take on power and justice.  Today’s talk is given by Eduardo Galeano , the 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; Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone and, Children of the Days (Los híjos de los días).  An outspoken critic of the increasingly dehumanizing effects of globalization on modern society, Galeano has remained a passionate advocate for human rights and justice.


4pm & Midnight & 8am


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 Dostoyevsky’s The Judgement  featuring TREVOR HOWARD and 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


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  author Christopher Golden discusses his new novel, Ararat and PW editorial director Jim Milliot looks ahead to Independent Bookstore Day.  Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.


We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s the intriguing ANTHONY CUMMINS aka Marine ‘Capitano Tonz’, a latter-day pirate who for more than 20 years has been working the seven seas!  His book is The 13th Day, available from captain tonz.


6pm & 2am & 10am


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 THE PLAINSMAN set in 1865 and starring FREDRIC MARCH (stepping in after GARY COOPER got a cold), JEAN ARTHUR and JOAN FONTAINE who have a chat after.


7pm & 3am & 11am


Today we hear readings and an interview with China Miéville, award winning British American writer whose fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Ursula Le Guin, and Philip K. Dick. He’s a renowned shape shifter who lives and works in London and is a founding editor of the journal Salvage.  He is interviewed by Jord/ana Rosenberg, Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.