Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Thursday 28th April

"Spring Shine" by Colm Keegan

Colm Keegan reads his poem “Spring Shine”

"For The Unkept House" by Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke reads her poem “For The Unkept House” from her latest collection “Selected Poems”

Wednesday 27th April

Mark O'Rowe directs "Metamorphoses" at Drogheda Arts Festival

Mark O’Rowe who is directing a rehearsed reading of 5 tales from one of the world's oldest and longest poems – “Metamorphoses” by Ovid – at this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival

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Tuesday 19th April

"Maize, for Tommy" by Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke reads her poem ‘Maize, for Tommy’ from her latest collection “Selected Poems” (published by Gallery Press)

Review: “The Passion According To Carol Rama” at IMMA

Cristín Leach reviews “The Passion According To Carol Rama”, a major retrospective of the work of the Italian artist which is currently running at IMMA

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Monday 18th April

EVA International 2016

Declan Long spoke to Cameroonian artist Koyo Kouoh, curator of this year’s contemporary art exhibition EVA International who explains the theme “Still The Barbarians” - the parallels between post-colonialism Ireland and other countries

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Friday 15th April

Vona Groarke, poet

Vona Groarke explains how she went about selecting the works to be featured in her collection “Selected Poems” which has just been published by Gallery Press

Thursday 14th April

Marking Brendan Kennelly's 80th birthday

Professor Nicholas Grene (a friend and Trinity College colleague of Brendan Kennelly) reads “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly on the week of his 80th birthday

Wednesday 13th April

Artists In Their Spaces - Mick O'Shea

For her occasional series 'Artists In Their Spaces', Leeanne O’Donnell chats to artist Mick O’Shea about how the space in which he works affects his creativity

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Winner of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016

Billy Collins, judge of this year’s Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in association with The Moth magazine; this year’s winner is Abigail Parry for her poem "Arterial"

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