MONDAY 25th MARCH

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

THE CLEANSED Episode 0- THE BREAKING & ELECTRO MAGNETIC THEATRE – BALLONJACK

Here at Audiobookradio.net we try to bring you audio dramas that are exciting, thought provoking, and downright entertaining.  And what could be more entertaining than the end of the world!  In the mid 21st century, fuel is running out, food is scarce, Acts of God – and humans – take down the grid and everything else. Civilisation grinds to a halt.  And then things get really bad.  Society fractures into lawless groups.  But in rural Maine, USA, some have now spent years nurturing their society back to some kind of normality… but a second man made apocalypse comes calling – Welcome to The Cleansed!

The Production company, Final Rune, is centred on the award laden multi talented Fred Greenhalgh who not only writes, produces and directs “The Cleansed” but much else besides. Plus he has a cast and crew who put everything in so your ears are in for a treat.  Check everything out at FinalRune.com

Citizen Racecar presents Electromagnetic Theatre – eclectic, whacky and wonderful – a kind of theatre of alchemy.  It’s an experience and maybe a movement.  We have Balloonjack produced by David Hoffman – for further details go to http://citizenracecar.com/

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION…TA NEHISI COATES & MICHELE NORRIS

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer, journalist – a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.  Coates wrestles with questions of identity — both blackness and whiteness.  He is followed by a talk with journalist and broadcaster Michele Norris.

 

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 children’s textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour well be listening to DH Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning,  Edgar Allan Poe, Amy Lowell and others. (VOL 1)

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

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…ARUNDHATI ROY

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 Arundhati Roy the world-renowned writer who the New York Times calls, “India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence”. She is the author of many books including the hugely successful The God of Small Things.

 

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, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping. Today we raise the curtain on ORSON WELLES in Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades 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

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. Their podcast is presented by Rose Fox and Mark Rotella.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s A.L. Kennedy whose award winning work includes novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction and journalism for a variety of UK and overseas publications as well as stand up comedy and teaching.

 

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…Wizard of Oz featuring JUDY GARLAND

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

THEM OLD COWBOY SONGS READ & WRITTEN BY ANNIE PROULX

Annie is an American author & journalist who reads her own celebrated short story about how easy it is for things to go wrong.