Special features

Monday 6th July

"Precipice", an exhibition by photographer Amelia Stein

Photographer Amelia Stein gives a guided tour of “Precipice”, the solo exhibition of her work currently running at the Oliver Sears Gallery

Further details:  www.ameliastein.com/work  and www.oliversearsgallery.com

Friday 3rd July

A poetic celebration of WB Yeats

Today's programme was recorded in conjunction with Arena and Yeats 2015

a special programme recorded in Sligo to mark the 150th birthday celebration of William Butler Yeats.  Hosted by Theo Dorgan, guests are six women poet laureates - the Chair of Irish Poetry Paula Meehan, Poet Laureate of England Carol Ann Duffy, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead, the London Laureate Aisling Fahey and Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Friday 26th June

Matthew Spangler, theatre director/playwright

American theatre director/playwright Matthew Spangler talks about the challenges of bringing literary adaptations to the stage 

Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com  

Official website:  http://matthewspangler.org   


Daily arts and popular culture show; tonight coming live from the Hay Festival Kells 

Brian Eno, composer

Composer and producer Brian Eno talks about his background in art and popular music and how that has influenced his current work as an ambient composer

Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com

Official website:  www.facebook.com/brianenomusic  

Ben Okri, writer & poet

British-Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri talks about the things that inspire him   

Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com

Official website:  http://benokri.co.uk   

Monday 22nd June

The role of the Ireland Chair of Poetry

Paula Meehan, Michael Longley and Harry Clifton explain what the role involves when you are appointed Ireland Chair of Poetry

Official website:  http://irelandchairofpoetry.org/ 

Friday 12th June

Celebrating 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats

special programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, reflecting on the poet’s life and legacy with the current Irish Chair of Poetry Paula Meehan and poets Michael Longley and Harry Clifton. Themes addressed: Yeats’ early life, lyrical poetry, Maud Gonne, the occult, Irish politics, marriage, Nobel prize and his legacy

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Monday 27th April


Daily arts and popular culture show; today is a special programme recorded in front of a live audience at the Manion House, Dublin. A discussion of the language in this year's "One City One Book" novel - The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle 

Friday 24th April


Daily arts and popular culture show, today live from the Town Hall Theatre Galway as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Guests include writers Joseph O'Neill, Jon McGregor and Miranda Hill, poets Mícheál Ó Siadhail and Jane Hirshfield, the Cúirt Poetry Slam Champion and music from My Fellow Sponges



Contact the Show

Email: arena@rte.ie

Twitter: @RTEArena

Text: 51551

Presenter: Seán Rocks


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