Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Tuesday 11th August

“The Midnight Court: Eleven Versions of Merriman” by Gregory A Schirmer

Gregory A Schirmer, author of “The Midnight Court: Eleven Versions of Merriman”, how the famously bawdy 18th century poem has been tackled by eleven different translators (published by Lilliput Press)

Review: “It’s One For The Money: The Song Snatchers Who Carved Up A Century of Pop and Sparked a Musical Revolution” by Clinton Heylin

Róisín Dwyer reviews “It’s One For The Money: The Song Snatchers Who Carved Up A Century of Pop and Sparked a Musical Revolution” by Clinton Heylin (published by Constable)

Monday 10th August

Loves: singer Julianna Barwick

Author Paul Murray explains why he loves the music of Julianna Barwick

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

Review: "The Discreet Hero" by Mario Vargas Llosa

Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Discreet Hero” by Nobel prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, following the parallel lives of two men from different social classes in Peru (published by Faber & Faber)

Thursday 6th August

"The Mark and the Void" by Paul Murray

Paul Murray chats about his latest novel “The Mark and the Void”, a story revolving around Claude, a Frenchman living in Dublin at the height of the Celtic Tiger years (published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Tuesday 4th August

"An Information" by Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin

Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin reads “An Information” from her latest poetry collection “The Boys Of Bluehill” (published by Gallery Books)  

Thursday 30th July

Review: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" by David Shafer

Declan Burke reviews “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” by David Shafer, a techno- thriller exploring how 21st century technology allows corporations and governments to control all aspects of our lives (published by Penguin)

Wednesday 29th July

Man Booker longlist for 2015

Sinead Gleeson with the books that have made the longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

See full list at Man Booker website:

Of the 13 titles on the longlist, 3 of the authors previously talked to Arena about their novels.  You can listen-back to those interviews by clicking on the links below:

to hear Anne Enright discuss "The Green Road" on 8th May 2015 -

to hear Andrew O'Hagan discuss "The Illuminations" on 9th February 2015 -

to hear Marlon James discuss "A Brief History of Seven Killings" on 22nd October 2014 -




"The Ringer" by Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke reads "The Ringer" from her debut poetry collection "The River" (published by Bloodaxe Books)

Tuesday 28th July

"Lost Between: Writings On Displacement" anthology

Catherine Dunne and Nuala Ní Chonchúir, two of the contributors to a new anthology of short stories by Irish and Italian writers on the theme of movement/displacement – “Lost Between: Writings On Displacement” (published by New Island Books)



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