Saturday 17th February

Noon & 8pm & 4am


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


1pm & 9pm & 5am


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


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


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   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


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


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


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 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


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.