Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Wednesday 30th September

"The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood

Canadian author Margaret Atwood explains why she chose to write about a dystopian future in “The Heart Goes Last”, where a couple down on their luck sign up for a social experiment offering stability in exchange for giving up their freedom every second month (published by Bloomsbury)

Tuesday 29th September

"The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers" edited by Sinead Gleeson

Sinead Gleeson talks about how she chose the Irish writers to include in a new anthology of short stories - “The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers” (published by New Island Books)

"The Night Stages" by Jane Urquhart

Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads an extract from her latest novel “The Night Stages” (published by One World)

Monday 28th September

Review: "The Blue Guitar" by John Banville

Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Blue Guitar” by John Banville, the story of an artist named Oliver who stops making art and instead attempts to be a writer (published by Viking)

"Injection" graphic novels by Declan Shalvey

Declan Shalvey, artist/illustrator chats about the first instalment in his planned series of graphic novels “Injection” (published by Image Comics)

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“About Sisterland” by Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin, author of “About Sisterland”, set in a future world ruled by women but where women and men are kept separate. Women lead highly controlled lives while men are subordinate – used for labour and breeding (published by Ward River Press)

Friday 25th September

Review: "Did You Ever Have A Family" by Bill Clegg

Declan Burke reviews “Did You Ever Have A Family”, the debut novel by American author Bill Clegg which follows the inhabitants of a small town in Connecticut in the aftermath of a devastating fire (published by Jonathan Cape)


Thursday 24th September

"A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara reads an extract from her latest novel “A Little Life” (published by Picador)

Wednesday 23rd September

"A Lonely Note" by Kevin Stevens

Irish-American author Kevin Stevens explains the story behind his new novel “A Lonely Note”, the story of a teenage Muslim boy in an American high school who, in his struggle against racist torment, finds comfort through his love of music (published by Little Island)

Tuesday 22nd September

“Sifting: Uncle Ned & Other Stories” by Mike MacDomhnaill

Mike MacDomhnaill talks about his debut collection of short stories “Sifting: Uncle Ned & Other Stories” (published by Liberties Press)



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