Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Thursday 16th June

Inspiration for the characters in Ulysses, by Vivian Igoe

Vivian Igoe reflects on the intriguing characters that populate “Ulysses”; her book is “The Real People of Joyce’s Ulysses – A Biographical Guide” (published by UCD Press)

Review: "The Blade Artist" by Irvine Welsh

Declan Burke reviews “The Blade Artist” by Irvine Welsh, which follows the story of a sculptor Francis who is in fact the notorious hardman Begbie from the earlier novel Trainspotting ...

Wednesday 15th June

Michael Chabon, James Joyce and Bloomsday Festival 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, a guest at this year's Bloomsday Festival, explains how the works of James Joyce – like Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake – have influenced his writing ...

Friday 10th June

"Nomad" by James Swallow

James Swallow talks about his latest novel “Nomad”, a thriller about an M16 agent who teams up with a former US army operative to foil terrorists and clear his name ...

Thursday 9th June

Winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award - Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma, winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Family Life” Official website: 

Wednesday 8th June

Review: "Porcelain", a memoir by Moby

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Porcelain”, a memoir by Moby (published by Faber)

Tuesday 7th June

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - "Outlaws" by Javier Cercas

Kay Sheehy with the tenth review and round-up of the 10 novels on the shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Outlaws” by Javier Cercas, inspired by a Spanish ...

Review: “Babylon Berlin” by Volker Kutscher

Anthony Thuillier reviews “Babylon Berlin” by Volker Kutscher, the first in a series of German detective novels featuring a young detective Gereon Rath who leaves Cologne under a cloud and ...

Monday 6th June

“Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland” by Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher chats about her second novel “Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland”, a story that moves back and forth in time and around the world but always centered on the ...

Friday 3rd June

"Red Dirt" by E.M. Reapy

E.M. Reapy talks about her novel “Red Dirt” following the lives of three young Irish people who emigrate to Australia to escape the economic crash and their own unhappiness (published ...



Contact the Show


Twitter: @RTEArena

Text: 51551


Ways to Listen

Radio Player