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Arena With Seán Rocks

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Books

Thursday 17th December

"Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads" by Jimmy Crowley

Irish folk singer/song collector Jimmy Crowley chats about and performs some of the ballads featured in his new book “Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads” (published by Free State Press)

Official website:  www.jimmycrowley.com

Wednesday 16th December

The life and works of Rudyard Kipling

Darragh Downes on the life and works of Rudyard Kipling, in this year the 150th anniversary of his birth

Favourite crime novels of the year

Declan Burke picks his favourite crime novels of 2015 - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng (Black Friars), "With Our Blessing" by Jo Spain (Quercus), "The Way of Sorrows" by Jon Steel (Blue Rider Press), "Acts of the Assassins" by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker), "The Snow Kimono" by Mark Henshaw (Tinder Press), "The Golden Age of Murder" by Martin Edwards (Harper Collins), "The Drowned Boy" by Karin Fossum (Harvill Secker), "A Song of Shadows" by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton), "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday), "Tightrope" by Simon Mawer (Little Brown)

Tuesday 15th December

Review: “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas Greco

Róisín Dywer reviews the new book “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas P. Greco, a look at how Bowie has negotiated the worlds of celebrity and music in the latter part of his career (published by McFarland)

Thursday 10th December

Inner-city life and "Dublin Seven" by Frankie Gaffney

Poet Karl Parkinson, who grew up in inner-city Dublin, on how realistic the depiction of inner-city life is in the debut novel “Dublin Seven” by Frankie Gaffney (published by Liberties Press)

Wednesday 9th December

"Charlotte Bronte: A Life" by Claire Harman

Claire Harman talks about her biography “Charlotte Bronte: A Life” (published by Viking)

Tuesday 8th December

Review: "The Penguin Book of the British Short Story" edited by Philip Hensher

Sinead Gleeson reviews a new collection of 90 British short stories – “The Penguin Book of the British Short Story” edited by Philip Henscher (published by Penguin Classics)

"Jobs For A Wet Day" by Ger Reidy

Ger Reidy chats about his first collection of short stories which are inspired by rural life - “Jobs For A Wet Day”, his recent collection of poetry is "Before Rain" (both published by Arlen House)

Friday 4th December

Review: "A Snow Garden & Other Stories" by Rachel Joyce

Anthony Thuillier reviews “A Snow Garden & Other Stories” by Rachel Joyce, a collection of seven Christmas short stories (published by Doubleday)

Tuesday 1st December

“Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing” by Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe discusses his latest book “Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing” which explores the impact of war and revolution in the 20th century on the writing lives of Irish poets and novelists (published by Cork University Press)

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