Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm

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Books

Thursday 26th May

Review: “Don’t You Leave Me Here: My Life”, the autobiography of Wilko Johnson

Tony Clayton Lea reviews “Don’t You Leave Me Here: My Life”, the autobiography of Wilko Johnson, the lead singer with 1970’s punk band Dr Feelgood (published by Little Brown)

"Out On A Western Plain” by photographer Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin chats about his latest exhibition and accompanying book of photography “Out On A Western Plain” at the Custom House Studios Westport, a collection of images from the American south west

Official website:   www.michaelmclaughlinstudios.com

Exhibition details:   www.customhousestudios.ie  

(image:  The Three Sisters, Gates of the Valley, Yosemite National Park, California)

Wednesday 25th May

"The Fallout" by Margaret Scott

Margaret Scott talks about her novel “The Fallout”, following the lives of four women who are coping in Ireland post economic crash (published by Poolbeg)

Tour details:  www.margaretscottbooks.com  

Review: “Paul McCartney:The Life”, a biography by Philip Norman

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Paul McCartney: The Life”, a biography by Philip Norman (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Tuesday 24th May

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?" by Dave Eggers

Kay Sheehy with the sixth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?" by Dave Eggers - a man haunted by the death of his friend in a police shooting kidnaps seven people and brings them to a deserted army base in California to discuss issues like the lack of purpose for young men like him

Official website:  www.dublinliteraryaward.ie 

Monday 23rd May

Review: "So Sad Today" by Melissa Broder

Sinead Gleeson reviews “So Sad Today” by the poet Melissa Broder, a selection of frank essays about intimate aspects her life (two years ago she assumed an anonymous Twitter persona in which she expressed her darkest and most negative feelings)  (published by Scribe Publications) 

Friday 20th May

“Gods & Angels” by David Park

Belfast author David Park chats about “Gods & Angels”, his second collection of short stories exploring themes of loneliness and the male experience (published by Bloomsbury)

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Family Life" by Akhil Sharma

Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Family Life” by Akhil Sharma, an autobiographical novel chronicling the immigrant experience of an Indian family who relocate to America (published by Norton)

Official website: www.dublinliteraryaward.ie 

Thursday 19th May

"The Springs of Affection" by Maeve Brennan re-issued

Declan Meade, publisher and Maeve Brennan biographer Angela Bourke explain why The Stinging Fly are re-issuing the short story collection “The Springs of Affection” by Maeve Brennan

Details of event at Smock Alley celebrating Maeve's life:  www.ilfdublin.com    

Tuesday 17th May

Review: "In Gratitude" by Jenny Diski

Sarah Binchy reviews “In Gratitude”, a collection of her last essays by the recently-deceased author Jenny Diski (published by Bloomsbury)

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