Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm

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Books

Tuesday 15th March

Review: “Messages From A Lost World: Europe On The Brink” by Stefan Zweig

Anthony Thuillier reviews “Messages From A Lost World: Europe On The Brink” by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, essays/lectures which the author wrote around the time of World War II in support of a unified Europe (published by Pushkin Press)

Monday 14th March

"Exposure" by Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore talks about her latest novel “Exposure”, a story of an English family torn apart during the Cold War of the 1960’s when the father is arrested as a spy (published by Hutchinson)

Thursday 10th March

"Aeneid Book VI", by Seamus Heaney

Matthew Hollis, Seamus Heaney’s editor at Faber; before his death Seamus Heaney had completed a translation of Book VI of Virgil's "Aeneid (Aeneas travels to the underworld to meet the spirit of his father); it has now been published by Faber

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Wednesday 9th March

Frank O'Connor letters donated to University College Cork

Professor Oliver O’Donovan, the son of writer Frank O’Connor, explains why the family are donating to University College Cork an archive of letters between his father and mother in the years 1945-1965

"Prosperity Drive" by Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy talks about her latest collection of short stories “Prosperity Drive”, about the residents of one street in a middle-class Dublin suburb (published by Jonathan Cape)

Tuesday 8th March

“In The Lion's Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire” by Niamh O'Sullivan

Niamh O’Sullivan, author of “In The Lions Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire”, a study and re-appraisal of MacDonald as a painter of national importance who depicted images of the social and visual culture of Ireland in the years leading up to and including the Famine (published by Cork University Press)

 

 

Monday 7th March

Review: "Mislaid" by Nell Zink

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Mislaid” by Nell Zink (the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut “The Wallcreeper”); it’s the story of a woman who wants to be a writer, who questions her sexuality, marries unsuccessfully and decides to re-invent herself as a black woman (published by Fourth Estate)

"The Years That Followed" by Catherine Dunne

Catherine Dunne talks about her latest novel “The Years That Followed”, which follows the journeys of two women as they navigate life, motherhood, love, death, loss and rebirth. Their stories are separate, but intertwine in places along the telling without either women realising (published by Macmillan)

“Lost Ireland: 1860–1960” by William Derham

William Derham, guide and curator at Dublin Castle explains why he wanted to catalogue for posterity the Irish architectural gems which are now lost forever in the photo book “Lost Ireland: 1860–1960” (published by Hyde Park Editions)

Further details:  http://archiseek.com/2016/lost-ireland-500-evocative-photographs-ireland/

Thursday 3rd March

"The Wing Orderly's Tales" by Carlo Gebler

Carlo Gebler talks about his latest novel “The Wing Orderly’s Tales”, a collection of stories about the inmates of the fictional Loanend Prison outside Belfast as told by wing orderly Harold ‘Chalky’ Chalkman (published by New Island)

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