Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



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 ...

Thursday 2nd June

Review: “The Natural Way Of Things” by Charlotte Wood

Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Natural Way Of Things” by Charlotte Wood, a dark tale set in Australia about a group of women imprisoned in an isolated location without any idea of ...

Wednesday 1st June

"Serious Sweet" by A.L. Kennedy

A.L. Kennedy talks about her latest novel “Serious Sweet”, following 24 hours in the life of two Londoners struggling to connect in a harsh city (published by Jonathan Cape)

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - "Academy Street" by Mary Costello

Kay Sheehy with the ninth review of the 10 novels on the shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Academy Street” by Mary Costello, the only Irish book on the list it’s about a woman called Tess who moves from the west of Ireland to New York and follows her life over the course of seven decades (published by Canongate)

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Tuesday 31st May

"Shrill - Notes From A Loud Woman" by Lindy West

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to American author and cultural commentator Lindy West about her attitude to issues like being called fat, internet trolls, abortion and Donald Trump; her memoir is “Shrill – Notes From A Loud Woman” (published by Quercus)

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"Wild Quiet" by Róisín O'Donnell

Róisín O’Donnell chats about reflecting multi-cultural Ireland of the 21st century in her short story collection “Wild Quiet” (published by New Island Books)

Monday 30th May

"Nothing On Earth" by Conor O'Callaghan

Poet/author Conor O’Callaghan talks about his debut novel “Nothing On Earth”, featuring an unreliable narrator's sensual recollections of his attraction to a 12 year old girl (published by Doubleday Ireland)

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: “A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James

Kay Sheehy with the eighth review of the 10 novels on the shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James, a violent and graphic novel spanning several decades from the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1976 to the crack wars in New York in the 1980’s (published by Riverhead Books)

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"Multitudes" by Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell reads an extract from the story “Multitudes” from her debut collection of short stories “Multitudes” (published by Faber)



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