Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Thursday 12th March

Terry Pratchett RIP

Professor Darryl Jones pays tribute to the fantasy writer Terry Pratchett who died today

Book review: "The Days Of Surprise" by Paul Durcan

Kathy D’Arcy reviews “The Days Of Surprise”, the latest collection from poet Paul Durcan (published by Harvill Secker)  

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


Wednesday 11th March

Book review: “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July

Claire Hennessy reviews “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July, the first novel from this film-maker, musician and artist (published by Canongate)

Tuesday 10th March

"Department of Speculation" by Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill talks about her latest novel “Dept. of Speculation”, a story of the various ups and downs in a marriage (published by Granta)

Best in crime fiction

Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction –

“Second Life” by SJ Watson (published by Doubleday)

“Stumped” by Rob Kitchin (published by 280 Steps)

“Behind God’s Back” by Harri Nykänen (published by Bitter Lemon Press)

“The Human Flies” by Hans Olav Lahlum (published by Mantle)

“The Whites” by Harry Brandt (published by Bloomsbury)


Monday 9th March

"Poems" by Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod

Ken MacLeod talks about contributing to “Poems”, a collection of poetry by the late Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod (published by Little, Brown)

Thursday 5th March

The Sculptor

Would you give up a lifetime of suburban comfort for just 200 days of supreme artistic accomplishment?

That’s the question at the heart of a new Graphic Novel, The Sculptor, by the so called ‘Aristotle of Comics’ Scott McCloud.

Fellow Graphic Novellist, Dave Hendrick has been reading it for us, and joins Seán in studio

Wednesday 4th March

Love Songs:The Hidden History

Love Songs have been part of human culture for thousands of years. But where did they originate? And how have they developed and changed across the centuries? These are some of the questions, posed in a new book. ‘Love Songs: The Hidden History’ by Ted Gioia, published by Oxford University Press. John Byrne has been reading it...

Tuesday 3rd March

The Metamorphosis

Daragh Downes joined Sean in studio to talk about Frank Kafka’s short story ‘The Metamorphosis’ which was published 100 years ago. It tells the story of a man who wakes up one day to find that he has been transformed into a beetle.

Friday 27th February

"The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his latest novel “The Buried Giant”, a fable (set in post-Roman Britain after the death of King Arthur) about a couple on a journey to find their long-lost son (published by Faber & Faber)



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