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20200516From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Ian Beattie returns with his weekly poem, artist Peter Strain with the next The Wonder Gallery theme and Poet Paul Muldoon and Literary Reader at Verbal Dr Susanne Stich discuss the literature to read in Lockdown. Plus, a rare interview with Ulster poet Paul Yates who shares haikus from poetry book he is making for free and donating the proceeds to essential services charities.

Poetry and charity, literature to read in lockdown and The Wonder Gallery theme.

20200523As part of Mental Health Awareness Week The Culture Cafe explores how visual art can help with anxiety and uncertainty in lockdown, Aardman designer Lorna Harrington reveals The Wonder Gallery theme and Ed Sheeran's fave trad band Beoga with a new album track from their online launch. Presented by Marie Louise Muir.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Beoga album launch and how visual art can help with anxiety and uncertainty in lockdown.

20200530Poetry from Ian Beattie, writer Juno Dawson and Paul Bell with The Wonder Gallery theme.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200606Marie-Louise Muir welcomes Northern Irish writers of BBC One's major new drama 'The Salisbury Poisonings' - Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson. Plus, Richard 'Kid' Strange of Doctors of Madness, artist Dawn Crothers with a brand new theme for The Wonder Gallery and Ian Beattie has his regular isolation poem.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200613Eighties chart topper Limahl on his new single and the classic song 'Never Ending Story'.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Marie-Louise Muir welcomes 1980s chart topper Limahl about his new single, the classic song 'Never Ending Story' and its inclusion on Netflix's Stranger Things. Illustrator P.J. Lynch reveals the theme for The Wonder Gallery, podcaster and actor Adam Dougal discusses his new show and Patrick O'Reilly on 'Lucid', the new theatre work from Tinderbox.

20200627Marie-Louise Muir talks to County Down writer Louise Kennedy about being shortlisted for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, GoT actor Ian Beattie has his poem a day and Belfast Met student Ethan Neill on being selected for the Young Artists' Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Plus, the next theme for BBC's Wonder Gallery is with artist Sínead Campbell.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200704Writer Colin Bateman on republishing his children's book 'Titanic 2020' which predicted the Coronavirus and Tim McGarry and Alexandra Ford on award winning 'Perforated Ulster' and why Marie-Louise is one of Alexandra's characters. Street artist Emic is The Wonder Gallery artist for the month of July, and as Lockdown eases, Ian Beattie has a poem to unlock us.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200711Nuala chats to GoT's Ian Beattie, writer Jo Baker, artist EMIC and Fergus Hanna-Bell.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Nuala McKeever hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200718Susannah Dickey chats "Tennis Lessons" & GoT's Ian Beattie's final poetry selection

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200725Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200808From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.
20200815Live streaming theatre to older people endorsed by Daniel O'Donnell, writer Damian Gorman on telling untold stories of victims and survivors of The Troubles in peacebuilding theatre, a new collaboration from poet Stephen James Smith & Elma Orkestra and PORTS perform in BBC Radio Foyle's back garden. Presented by Marie Louise Muir.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

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20200905Marie-Louise Muir is joined by illustrator Chris Riddell on this month's The Wonder Gallery theme, jazz drummer and composer David Lyttle on his Van Morrison collaboration with Liam Neeson and Ian Beattie returns with a poem from the Netherlands where he has just started his first acting job since Lockdown. Plus, Anne McReynolds on the emotional re-opening of the Belfast MAC and art historian Mike Catto on the importance of art and design end of year shows and how COVID-19 has impacted on a generation of artists.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200912A celebration of Proms in Your Garden.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200919Liam Neeson appeals for NI Executive to secure £33 million for the arts sector, Lyric's Jimmy Fay on how theatres can survive and how Belfast acting royalty Marie Jones and Ian McElhinney recorded a new play audio only in the closed Lyric Theatre. The Festival 2022 was mocked as Festival of Brexit and now with the Irish border back in the news as a political football, CEO Martin Green on whether this festival can be a celebration here and what a UK wide festival can look like. Plus, writer Andrew O'Hagan on a heartbreaking story of an extraordinary life-long friendship set in the post punk era
and actor Ian Beattie is in quarantine in Amsterdam - he reads a poem to tie in with World Alzheimer's Day and Memory Radio NI. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20200926Music legend Phil Coulter, Corrie's Kerri Quinn plus music from Matt Berry and loads more

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201003Marie-Louise Muir pays tribute to the poet Derek Mahon.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201017Cultural conversation with Marian Keys, Bernard Cornwell, Conor Mitchell and more.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201024Marie-Louise Muir celebrates Book Week NI with writers Jan Carson and Dara McAnulty over their shared love of Agatha Christie novels. Lennie Goodings of the groundbreaking feminist publisher Virago Books on working with legendary writers like Angela Carter and Maya Angelou, and choosing her favourite book. Plus, broadcaster Rigsy on writing his first children's book about a female football team.

Celebrating Book Week NI with Jan Carson, Dara McAnulty and publisher Lennie Goodings.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201031From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Art Ninja Ricky Martin is The BBC's Wonder Gallery spooktacular artist in residence.

20201107Its takeaway only at The Culture Cafe with former spy turned thriller writer Charles Cumming, Shane McMulllan of the band Ferals on how his parents' divorce inspired his new song, the Brodsky Quartet Paul Cassidy on finally playing live and new music from Hex Hue & Arvo Party collab. Plus, BBC's The Wonder Gallery introduces December's artist in residence Colleen Larmour. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201114A world premiere of Dani Larkin's song Samson & Goliath, Conor MacNeill on the HBO/BBC 'Industry' directed by Lena Dunham, writer Claire McGowan on being from Rostrevor not Newry and composer Garth McConaghie on The Mac's Home series. All that plus music from Kitt Philippa, Thom Southern, Niamh Regan and Anthony Toner. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201121Carlo Gebler on using Lockdown to retell some very old Italian tales from his home in Fermanagh.

Edward Carey on the ultimate social distancing when Gepetto, Pinnochio's dad got stuck inside a sea monster.

Caitlin Magnall Kearns on why she's been blogging about bigger bodies on stage and music including a new collaboration between pianist Ruth McGinley and electronic musician Ryan Vail, Sinead O'Connor and Where Music Matters from BBC Music NI.

Old Italian tales, body positivity blogs, music from Sinead O'Connor and much more

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201128Hollywood and Broadway acting legend Gabriel Byrne is In Conversation with Marie-Louise for a Culture Café special. With the publication of his memoir "Walking with Ghosts" Gabriel talks about his childhood in an almost vanished 1960's Dublin, how his father wanted him to be a plumber, the moment his mother saw him starkers on stage for the first time and how he has always had a love-hate relationship with fame and celebrity. There's also music from Foy Vance, movie soundtracks The Usual Suspects and Miller's Crossing and BBC Radio Ulster's Where Music Matters November playlist

Gabriel Byrne is In Conversation with Marie-Louise for a Culture Caf\u00e9 special

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201205This week on the Culture Cafe,artist Dave McKean reveals the final theme for BBC 'The Wonder Gallery', Poet Gerard Dawe on Belfast and The Beatles, Stephen Sexton on winning the Rooney Prize for Literature 2020, Paul Jeffcutt on poems written during and after cancer, new spoken word from Stephen James Smith, the new single from Cerys Matthews spoken word album featuring Liz Berry and the Hidden Orchestra plus new music from Mundy and Saint Sister featuring Lisa Hannigan

We reveal the final theme for 'The Wonder Gallery', plus spoken word, poems and new music

From the page to the stage, Marie-louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201212We have writers, podcasters, community groups and an array of new local music

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201219Feeling festive this week, with seasonal songs and poems

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20201226Dear Reader...we're all Derry Girls in the Culture Cafe this Boxing Day as Marie-Louise talks to the writer of the hit tv comedy series Derry Girls, Lisa McGee, about her book "Erin's Diary". We also hear about Fighting Words & Graffiti Theatre Company's The 12 Stories of Christmas, with authors Roddy Doyle, Cecilia Ahern and Lisa herself, writing the start of stories for 6-12 year olds to finish over the festive season, including a story Lisa has written and read by fellow Derry Girl Bronagh Gallagher.

Dear Reader, we're all Derry Girls this Boxing Day, we're joined by writer Lisa McGee

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

From the page to the stage, Marie-louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210102On the first Culture Cafe of 2021 Barry Douglas CBE, hopes and poems for the New Year

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210109The Culture Cafe 'takeaway only' revisits some highlights, including actor Gabriel Byrne, pre-lockdown live studio performances from pianist Ruth McGinley and Rory Nellis, a poem read by GoT actor Ian Beattie and the much anticipated new spoken-word collaboration from singer and BBC 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews and 10 poets. Plus, messages to take you into 2021 from Stiff Little Fingers front man Jake Burns and Tinderbox Theatre Company's Patrick J O'Reilly.

Highlights from 2020 including actor Gabriel Byrne, pianist Ruth McGinley and more.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210116This week's takeaway menu with Marie-Louise Muir, includes the psychology of being read to with audio books unpicked by Dr Joseph Morning of Verbal's psychology team, Michael Longley reads a poem in memory of his classical music friend Pamela Rogers, why Stuart Baillie of arts and music magazine "Dig With It" is missing the stories of being out at a gig, the Out to Lunch Festival does a virtual roundtable on Belfast novelist Brian Moore in his centenary year and GoT's Ian Beattie has another poem for Lockdown.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation and music, takeaway only.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210123On The Culture Cafe today, bestselling author Kate Mosse on how an Ulster writer Helen Waddell inspired her to write historical fiction, master storyteller Liz Weir on how an Arts Council of NI grant is helping her engage with older people, Stephen McAuley on making tv shows in lockdown for BBC NI's A Season of Arts and that poetry performance from America's Youth Laureate Amanda Gorman at the Presidential Inauguration played in full. All that plus new music from Rory Nellis, Saint Sister & Lisa Hannigan and postie turned TikTok star Nathan Evans.

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation and music, takeaway only.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210130Why does St. Brigid of Ireland not have her own national day but St. Patrick does? Melanie Lynch of Herstory challenges the accepted cultural stereotypes and retells the stories of forgotten Irish women, as well as talking about the light shows illuminating buildings over the weekend with the faces of Irish women.

And while the theatre doors are still shut due to Covid-19, Lyric Theatre Belfast's Jimmy Fay discusses what he's been doing to keep the theatre lights on. Plus, music from BBC NI's Season of Arts: Sounds New and Collaborations, and more from the Where Music Matters playlist.

Photo: Brigid's Fire on Dublin's GPO by Courtney Davis.
Credit: Dodeca

Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation and music, takeaway only.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210206Takeaway beverages only this evening for guests, musician and podcaster Isobel Anderson, theatre director Andrea Montgomery, and Ian Beattie (and his dogs). Music supplied by JYellowL, Declan O'Rourke & CBAKL, Andrew Farmer & the Ulster Orchestra and a spoken word performance by Alice McCullogh for Children's Mental Health Week and a play of the soundscape audio of Belfast based artist Una Lee as part of BBC's awe inspiring Soundscapes for Wellbeing.

Takeaway beverages only this evening for guests, musician and podcaster Isobel Anderson..

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

20210213Sebastian Barry, Rita Duffy, Peter Curran and Caitriona McLaughlin and new local music

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

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20210501From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.
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20210515From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.
#culturalquarantine With Emer Maguire, Ian Beattie, Oliver Jeffers, Glenn Patterson, Gabriella Swallow And Patrick J O'reilly20200321
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Celebrating Bbc's Novels That Shaped Our World20200509As part of BBC's Novels That Shaped Our World, BBC Northern Ireland Rewind team have created a series of films which The Culture Cafe is marking with a Great Ulster Novel debate. Plus, this week's The Wonder Gallery challenge is set by children's author and illustrator Nick Sharratt and our Lockdown Masterclass is on how to draw your own cartoon with Andrea Montgomery.

Marie Louise Muir celebrates BBC's Novels That Shaped Our World.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Celebrating Ulster Museum20201010Marie-Louise Muir celebrates #MuseumPassion week with culture in quarantine. Dedicating this programme to Belfast's Ulster Museum, guests include Head of Art Kim Mawhinney, comedian Phill Jupitus, critic Mike Catto and presenter Emma Dabiri. Plus, writer Bernard MacLaverty reads from his short story "Visiting Takabuti" and The Culture Cafe has commissioned Arvo Party 's Herb Magee to write a track based on his experiences of the Ulster Museum.

Marie-Louise Muir celebrates #MuseumPassion week with Belfast's Ulster Museum.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

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Guests Include Writer And Actor Ciaran Mcmenamin Talking About His 2nd Novel And Writer Derek Landy Discussing World Book Day.20210227On the Culture Cafe this week, Marie-Louise talks to actor and writer Ciaran McMenamin about his second novel 'The Sunken Road', children's writer Derek Landy discusses World Book Day (March 4th) and creating his series 'Skulduggery Pleasant', and the incredible life of Clandeboye estate's Caroline Blackwood, whose back catalogue is being reappraised and comparisons made to a Northern Edna O'Brien.
Also, music from Cara Dillon's Live at Cooper Hall session, Invaderband, Hannah Peel and BBC's Where Music Matters Playlist.

(Photo taken pre-pandemic and social distancing restrictions)

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

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This week's guests in the cafe with Marie-Louise are BBC Radio Ulster's "The Long and the Short of It" - co-hosts Tim McGarry and David Hume on history, heated debates and who they reckon H is in Line of Duty.

Also, actress Abigail McGibbon on making music in non-traditional venues, and how lockdown has forced her to rethink how she works.

And there's new music from Cronin, Screamin' Orphans, Lavengro and This Ship Argo.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Jan Carson, Ian Beattie, Cormac Neeson, Peter Curran, Michael Patrick, Oisin Kearney20200411
John Sheahan, Andrea Montgomery, Naomi Foyle, Ruedi Maguire, Ian Beattie20200425
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Marie-louise Talks To Writer And Actor Ciaran Mcmenamin About His 2nd Novel And Writer Derek Landy Discusses World Book Day.20210227
Playwrights, Parents And Poems20210417Paul Mallon & Eléonore Maudet discuss the New Playwrights Programme at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, becoming new parents and co-writing a play about it. Also the last Lockdown poem from GoT actor Ian Beattie and new music from Willie Campbell, plus a BBC Radio Ulster session track of Charlotte Spiral and BBC Music NI's Where Music Matters.

Paul Mallon & El\u00e9onore Maudet discuss the New Playwrights Programme at the Lyric Theatre.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Poets, Peace And A Nobel Prize20210424On The Culture Cafe, County Tyrone writer Emma Heatherington on her new novel "The Promise" - late 1990s Northern Ireland as the backdrop to a love story and why she's quoted Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume.

Also, a new collection "Bone House" from Co. Down poet Moyra Donaldson, which beautifully and brutally explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters.

And music including Flamenco guitar from Terra Nova Productions, BBC NI's Where Music Matters and, in case you missed it, Isobel Anderson's Street Knowledge from the Stephen McCauley Show.

From the page to the stage, Marie-Louise Muir hosts the essential cultural conversation.

Ruedi Maguire, Dawn Cruttenden, Andrea Montgomery, Glenn Patterson, Lucy Caldwell, Ian Beattie20200502
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