Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Friday 22nd January

Review: "And Yet..", collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens

Anthony Thuillier reviews “And Yet..”, a posthumous collection of older essays by the late Christopher Hitchens (published by Atlantic Books)

Tuesday 19th January

"Try Not To Breathe" by Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon, author of “Try Not To Breathe”, her debut novel about an alcoholic journalist trying to solve a 15-year old crime (published by Corvus Books)

Wednesday 13th January

Review: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout

Sinead Gleeson reviews “My Name Is Lucy Barton” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, set in the 1980's about a woman who seems to have a difficult relationship with her mother and over the course of the novel we discover why (published by Random House)

Tuesday 12th January

Review: "Rain Dogs" by Adrian McKinty

Anthony Thuillier reviews “Rain Dogs” by Adrian McKinty, the latest in the series featuring detective Sean Duffy investigating the death of a young woman found in a locked Norman castle on the shores of Belfast Lough (published by Serpents Tail)

"Walt Disney and the Little People" by Carol Taaffe

Carol Taaffe who has written an essay in the current edition (number 61) of the Dublin Review entitled “Walt Disney and the Little People”, about the connection between Walt Disney and the Irish leprechaun

Official website:

Friday 8th January

"Cockfosters" by Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson, author of short story collection “Cockfosters” (published by Jonathan Cape)

Tuesday 5th January

"Gull" by Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson explains how the story of John DeLorean’s car factory in Belfast inspired his latest novel “Gull” (published by Head of Zeus)

"Everything To Play For: 99 Poems About Sport", a new anthology

“Everything To Play For: 99 Poems About Sport” (published by Poetry Ireland), a new anthology of poems about sport - editor John McAuliffe, poet Rita Ann Higgins and rugby player Carol Staunton 

Monday 4th January

Review: "The Good Liar" by Nicholas Searle

Rick O’Shea reviews “The Good Liar”, the debut novel by Nicholas Searle about Roy, a man in his 80s about to pull off one last con to set him up for retirement (published by Penguin)

Friday 18th December

"Hopscotch", a memoir by Hilary Fannin

Hilary Fannin chats about her memoir about her childhood “Hopscotch” (published by Doubleday)



Contact the Show


Twitter: @RTEArena

Text: 51551


Ways to Listen

Radio Player