Program 392: Ireland's W. B. Yeats; Scotland's Robert Burns; Agatha Christie's England

Release Date: 01-17-2015


We look at how important the poet W. B Yeats is to the Irish, then Agatha Christie’s grandson recommends places in England where you experience the world of her mystery novels. And, just in time for Burns Night, Scottish troubadour Jim Malcolm explains what Robert Burns means to the Scots — and sings some of his favorite Burns tunes.


  • Barry Moloney, tour guide based in Kinsale, Ireland
  • Stephen McPhilemy, tour guide based in Dingle, Ireland and Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Scots singer Jim Malcolm 
  • Mathew Prichard, grandson of writer Agatha Christie

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  • Stephen recommends the ongoing exhibit on W. B Yeats at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, which includes an online component.  Barry suggests visiting the Yeats poetry at Coole Park.
  • Barry Moloney conducts walking tours of historic Kinsale in County Cork.    
  • Stephen McPhilemy operates the Milltown House mansion on Dingle Harbour (that actor Robert Mitchum once owned) as a luxury guesthouse.   
  • Information about sites associated with Robert Burns, his poems and lyrics (with English clarifications), and instructions for holding your own Robert Burns Night are on the Robert Burns website.  
  • Jim Malcolm has occasional blog entries, samples from his CDs and his video portrayal of Robert Burns, called "Bard Hair Day," plus information on his concert schedule for dates he performs in Scotland and the USA.  
  • Jim will be playing a number of concert venues on the US West Coast through February 14, 2015, with additional dates scheduled for Arizona and the Eastern US in October and November.  
  • The most recent editions of  Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple" series, starring Julia McKenzie,  and Agatha Christie’s "Poirot," starring David Suchet, air frequently on public television in the US.  DVD sets of the series, and online streaming, are available at    
  • The International Agatha Christie Festival is planned for September 11-19, 2015 in Torquay, in the area known as the "English Riviera."  This year's events will celebrate the 125th birthday of the "Queen of Crime."  It's also the location of the Agatha Christie Literary Trail