Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm

Email: arena@rte.ie

Books

Monday 16th May

“A Country Road, A Tree” by Jo Baker

Jo Baker talks about her novel “A Country Road, A Tree”, a fictional story about an unknown writer called Samuel Beckett who leaves neutral Ireland to join the Resistance in France in 1939 (published by Doubleday)

"On Bowie" by Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley explains why the music of David Bowie has had such an impact on his life in his book “On Bowie” (published by Serpents Tail)

Friday 13th May

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Our Lady Of The Nile" by Scholastique Mukasonga

Kay Sheehy with the fourth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Our Lady Of The Nile” by Scholastique Mukasonga, set in an elite Catholic school for girls on the banks of the river Nile 15 years before the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 

Official website:   www.dublinliteraryaward.ie  

Thursday 12th May

"Solar Bones" by Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack chats about his novel “Solar Bones”, set in contemporary Mayo about how one man copes with caring for a sick wife, being a father and the fallout from the recent economic crash (published by Tramp Press)

Wednesday 11th May

"Multitudes" by Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell talks about her debut collection of short stories “Multitudes” which are set in and around east Belfast (published by Faber)

Review: “Maybe I’m Doing it Wrong: The Life & Music of Randy Newman” by David & Caroline Stafford

Róisín Dwyer reviews the new biography “Maybe I’m Doing it Wrong: The Life & Music of Randy Newman” by David & Caroline Stafford (published by Omnibus Press)

Tuesday 10th May

Review: “New Selected Poems” by Derek Mahon

Kathy D’Arcy reviews the latest collection “New Selected Poems” by Derek Mahon (published by Gallery Press)

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Diary Of The Fall" by Michel Laub

Kay Sheehy with the third review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Diary Of The Fall” by Michel Laub, the story of three generations of men – one examining the mistakes of his past, a father with Alzheimer’s and a grandfather who survived Auschwitz (published by Vintage Books)

Official website:  www.dublinliteraryaward.ie 

Monday 9th May

"The Pier Falls" by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon talks about his first collection of short stories “The Pier Falls” (published by Jonathan Cape)

Friday 6th May

"Not Working" by Lisa Owens

Lisa Owens talks about her debut novel “Not Working”, about a woman who quits her job in order to discover her true vocation but realises she has no idea how to go about finding it (published by Picador)

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