Special features

Wednesday 10th December


Author Lia Mills explains why she loves the Yeats collection at the National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday 27th November

PD James, RIP

Declan Burke takes a look back at the remarkable career of crime writer PD James who died today  

Friday 21st November

"Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers on Art"

56 Irish writers looked to works in the National Gallery to inspire their contributions to the book 'Lines Of Vision: Irish Writers On Art'. Tonight in an Arena special four of those writers - Donal Ryan, John Boyne, Kevin Ryan and Alex Barclay - explain their choices and what it was about particular paintings that inspired them

painting chosen by John Boyne

"The Poachers" by James Arthur O'Connor (1835) was chosen by John Boyne

painting chosen by Donal Ryan

"An Ejected Family" by Erskine Nicol (1853) was chosen by Donal Ryan

painting chosen by Alex Barclay

"The Opening Of The Sixth Seal" by Francis Danby (1828) was chosen by Alex Barclay

painting chosen by Kevin Barry

"The Devil's Disc" by Ernest Procter (c 1928) was chosen by Kevin Barry

Friday 14th November

Celebrating the Dublin Book Festival

Live from Smock Alley Theatre in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival. Readings and conversation with authors Rob Doyle and Daniel Seery, poet Dimitra Xidous, author and illustrator Annie West and music from Hannah McPhillimy and Hilary Woods

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

Official website:  www.dublinbookfestival.com

Thursday 13th November

Irish design project "Second Skin"

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to the curator and two of the designers about the “Second Skin” project where four designers were challenged to design, source and create a garment entirely on the island of Ireland

Full details:  www.nationalcraftgallery.ie/exhibitions/second-skin 

Tuesday 11th November


Author Deborah Levy explains why she loves the Kurt Cobain/Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit"  



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Presenter: Seán Rocks


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