Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Tuesday 2nd June

"Young Irelanders", a collection of short stories edited by Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan, editor of “Young Irelanders”, a collection of contemporary short stories from new and established Irish writers (published by New Island)

"One Life" by Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville talks about her latest book “One Life”, the story of her mother Nancy’s life (published by Canongate)

Monday 1st June

Publishers and new technology

Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to Sarah Hodgson, editor of publisher Harper Collins about how they have adapted to new technology and the e-book side of their crime/thriller publishing business - Killer Reads; she also spoke to Irish writer Sheena Lambert about how she is taking the e-book direction in getting her work published

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Review: graphic novel "La Lucha"

Dave Hendrick reviews “La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico”, a graphic novel addressing the issue of the Mexican government’s war against drug cartels; it is the first in a line of graphic novels by human rights organisation Front Line Defenders (published by Verso Books)

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Friday 29th May

IMPAC shortlist - “Horses of God” by Mahi Binebine

Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Horses of God” by Mahi Binebine, the story of four childhood friends growing up in a shanty town in Morocco as they make the life-changing decisions that will lead them to become Islamist martyrs (published by Tin House Books)

Thursday 28th May

"World Gone By" by Dennis Lehane

American crime writer Dennis Lehane talks about his latest novel “World Gone By”, the conclusion of the Joe Coughlin trilogy and the story of the struggle for power between Boston criminal gangs and a corrupt police force (published by Little Brown)

Tuesday 26th May

IMPAC shortlist - "Someone" by Alice McDermott

Kay Sheehy with the fourth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Someone” by Alice McDermott, interweaving stories of an Irish-American neighbourhood in Brooklyn between the two world wars (published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

"Paradise City" by Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day, author of “Paradise City”, the story of four London-based characters from very different backgrounds and how their lives in collide and affect one another in unexpected ways (published by Bloomsbury Circus)

“Life Moves Pretty Fast" by Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman, author of “Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies and Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore” (published by Fourth Estate)

Monday 25th May

Review: "When The Doves Disappeared" by Sofi Oksanen

Tom Donnelly reviews “When The Doves Disappeared” by Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen, which explores the occupation of Estonia by German and Russian governments through the life of two cousins Roland and Edgar (published by Atlantic Books)



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