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Arena With Seán Rocks

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Friday 22nd July

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Simon Maher review “You Got Me Singing” by Jack & Amanda Palmer, “Red Earth and Pouring Rain” by Bear’s Den and “Operator” by Mstrkrft

Report from the West Cork Literary Festival 2016

Leeanne O’Donnell spoke to organisers and participants at this year's West Cork Literary Festival

“Hubie Is Wearing His Uniform” by Kate Dempsey

Kate Dempsey of The Poetry Divas reads “Hubie Is Wearing His Uniform” from her debut collection “The Space Between” (published by Doire Press)

Review: “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent

Declan Burke reviews “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent, a psychological thriller about the violent murder of a young woman and the repercussions on one Dublin family (published by Penguin Ireland)

Thursday 21st July

A profile of Taylor Swift

Rachel Breslin profiles the rise and rise of pop star Taylor Swift

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Stephen Boyd review “Star Trek Beyond”, “The BFG” and “Chevalier”

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - John Crowley's next film project will be an adaptation of the Donna Tartt novel 'The Goldfinch', Kirsten Dunst makes her feature film directorial debut with 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath, the Weinstein Company and the BBC to collaborate on a 6-part tv adaptation of 'Lés Misérables'

Wednesday 20th July

“In The Shadows Of Steam” at the Earagail Arts Festival 2016

Hannah Peel and Tommy McLaughlin of “In The Shadows Of Steam”, a musical group commissioned by the Earagail Arts Festival to explore in music the legacy of the lost lines of the railways of Donegal and Northern Ireland (for copyright reasons the music in this item is not available to download as a podcast)

“So Say The Fallen” by Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville chats about the latest instalment in his Belfast novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Serena Flanagan – “So Say The Fallen” (published by Harvill Secker)

'Naming The Stars' by Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston whose latest novella is “Naming The Stars”, about an elderly woman called Flora and her housekeeper reminiscing about life in the family home, her brother’s secret and her father who died in the battle of El Alamein (published by Tinder Press)

Arts News - Minister publishes a draft Framework Policy document for Culture 2025

Minister Heather Humphreys who today published her draft Framework Policy document for Culture 2025

Tuesday 19th July

The Bright Club, where science meets comedy

Comedian Edwin Sammon and Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, organiser of the variety show The Bright Club: Mind and Body where scientific researchers re-imagine their work through comedy

Irish pipers heading to the World Pipe Band Championships

Noel Kelly (Pipe Major) and John Lamb of St Lawrence Pipe Band Howth, Brian McMahon, Chairperson of the Irish Pipe Band Association and Gordon Boag from Glasgow Live who are hosting the Piping Live Festival in the run-up to the annual World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

“ProdiJIG: The Revolution” at the Cork Opera House

Leeanne O’Donnell spoke to choreographer and producer Alan Kenefick, sound designer Peter Power and Ted Kelly of the band Moxie at rehearsals for “ProdiJIG: The Revolution”, a dance show directed by Wayne Jordan at the Cork Opera House

“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”, a documentary by Brendan J Byrne

Brendan J Byrne, director of the documentary “Bobby Sands: 66 Days”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Netflix announce new episodes of hit show 'Making A Murderer', ban on smoking in movies is being challenged in the US on grounds that it infringes on the right to free speech

Monday 18th July

'Upside-Down Pig' by Paul Timoney

Poet and story-teller Paul Timoney with a fantastical story called ‘Upside-Down Pig’

'Unified: The Musical'

Guy Le Jeune, Artist in Residence at An Grianán Theatre and writer of “Unified: The Musical”, celebrating the legacy of the textile factory Unifi which for over 30 years was Letterkenny’s biggest employer; it is part of the programme for this year's Earagail Arts Festival

“The Death Of All Things Seen” by Michael Collins

Michael Collins chats about his latest novel “The Death Of All Things Seen”, set in Chicago in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis about a playwright Norman Price as he attempts to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the death of his parents (published by Head of Zeus)

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - artist Laurie Anderson to perform to Ireland in 2017, the new Ghostbusters box office figures are in, the original cast of Aliens reunite for the film's 30th anniversary

Friday 15th July

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and John Meagher review “Love & Hate” by Michael Kiwanuka, “Loud Hailer” by Jeff Beck and “Nothing’s Real” by Shura

'Addlands' by Tom Bullough

Tom Bullough, author of “Addlands” , an intimate family portrait spanning four generations across seventy years in the borders between Wales and England (published by Granta)

German pianist/composer Hauschka

German pianist and composer Hauschka talks about his musical style; he was invited to perform at the IMMA Summer Party this weekend (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is unavailable to download)

Thursday 14th July

Round-up of the latest crime fiction

Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction – “Paradime” by Alan Glynn, “Dodgers” by Bill Beverley, “Girls On Fire” by Robin Wasserman, “Art In The Blood” by Bonnie MacBird, “Ghosts Of The Desert” by Ryan Ireland, “Nomad” by James Swallow

'The Muse' by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton reads an extract from her novel 'The Muse' (published by Picador)

Reviews: 'Waiting for Godot' by Druid and 'Song From Far Away' by Simon Stephens

Sophie Gorman with reviews from the Galway International Arts Festival –“Waiting For Godot” by Druid Theatre and “Song From Far Away” written by Simon Stephens and directed by Ivo Van Hove

Film reviews

Clara Rose Thornton and Gavin Burke review “Ghostbusters”, “Mom & Me” and “Men and Chicken”

Wednesday 13th July

Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2016

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to Kris Nelson, director of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival about what we can expect to see in this year’s Festival

Dermot Bolger remembers Irish war poet Thomas MacGreevy

Poet and writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Ireland Dermot Bolger recalls one of Ireland’s less-remembered World War 1 poets Thomas MacGreevy and he reads his poem “De Civitate Hominem”

'Death At Intervals' adapted for the stage by Kellie Hughes

Theatre director Kellie Hughes talks about adapting the José Saramago novel “Death At Intervals” for the stage with Olwen Fouéré and Raymond Scannell and running at the Galway International Arts Festival

'Billy Elliot: The Musical' comes to Ireland

Jon Finn, producer of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” which opens at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre later this month

Arts News

with Alan Corr - more female performers than ever represented at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, Minister Heather Humphreys announces €9m Arts & Culture Capital Scheme open for applications, David Bowie album Blackstar is biggest-selling vinyl release of 2016 so far

Tuesday 12th July

'Star Trek' at 50

Chris Wasser looks at the 50 year history of “Star Trek”, from shaky beginnings on television to the massively successful film franchise it is today

'E.gress', a film about dementia by Marie Brett

Marie Brett talks about examining the twilight world of dementia in her film/art piece “E.gress” which ends its nationwide tour at IMMA this Thursday

'One Hundred Years and Four Quarters' by Hughie O'Donoghue

Hughie O’Donoghue gives a guided tour of his exhibition “One Hundred Years and Four Quarters” which is the main visual art exhibition at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival

Reviews: 'Arlington: A Love Story' and 'Rooms' by Enda Walsh

Sophie Gorman with reviews from the Galway International Arts Festival - “Arlington: A Love Story” and “Rooms” by Enda Walsh

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Ireland's winner of European Capital of Culture to be revealed on Friday, a novella by Saddam Hussein to be translated into English, Taylor Swift tops celebrity rich list

Monday 11th July

Public interview with Jim Sheridan

A public interview with director Jim Sheridan, which took place as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh

Friday 8th July

Album reviews

Sinead Gleeson and Alan Corr review “Take Her Up To Monto” by Róisín Murphy, “Wildflower” by The Avalanches and “Ellipsis” by Biffy Clyro

Loves: The Matrix

Reggae singer Natty Wailer explains why he loves the film The Matrix

Learning poems by rote

At the Hay Festival in Wales this year Salman Rushdie said that learning poetry off by heart is a lost art, so Lorcan Clancy wanted to find out what poems people remember learning in school and if they can still recite them

Review: “Schubert’s Winter Journey:  Anatomy of an Obsession” by Ian Bostridge

Paul Whitington reviews the book “Schubert’s Winter Journey:  Anatomy of an Obsession” by Ian Bostridge, an exploration of the ‘Winterreise’ cycle of 24 songs composed by the dying Schubert in the winter of 1828 (published by Faber & Faber)

Thursday 7th July

“Falling In Love With Broken Things” by Alvy Carragher

Alvy Carragher chats about her debut collection “Falling In Love With Broken Things”, a reflection on the lives of women from childhood into adulthood (published by Salmon Poetry)

“Over Our Heads The Hollow Seas Closed Up”, an exhibition by Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire talks about why issues of migration inspired his collection “Over Our Heads The Hollow Seas Closed Up” which is currently showing at the Kerlin Gallery

Film reviews

Sarah Griffin and Simon Maher review 'The Legend of Tarzan', 'Now You See Me 2' and 'Maggie's Plan'

Programme for Autumn/Winter 2016 at the Abbey Theatre

Lian Bell (set designer and originator of the Waking The Feminists campaign) reacts to the announcement of the Autumn/Winter 2016 programme at the Abbey Theatre

Arts News

with Alan Corr - sad news of the death today of Irish actress Anita Reeves, some rules for concert goers to Beyoncé gig this Saturday, details announced of Autumn/Winter 2016 season at Abbey Theatre

Wednesday 6th July

'Loose Ends' by Willie Doherty

Visual artist Willie Doherty explains why he chose the legacy of the 1916 Rising as the inspiration for his exhibition 'Loose Ends' which is premiering at the Earagail Arts Festival

'Adulting' by Linda Bhreathnach and Justin Davey

Film-maker Linda Bhreathnach chats about writing and co-directing “Adulting”, a short film shot in Galway which is screening in the Short Film Showcase at the Galway Film Fleadh

Films and television getting the gender re-boot

With the release of the all-female 'Ghostbusters 3', Harvey O'Brien looks at other Hollywood films and television series that have been given the gender re-boot

New Irish film 'Cardboard Gangsters'

Pavel Barter visited the set of 'Cardboard Gangsters', a new Irish film set in Darndale about a low-level criminal trying to make a big score to get out of Ireland; it is co-written by John Connors and Mark O'Connor and is showing at the Galway Film Fleadh

'The Muse' by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton chats about her latest novel 'The Muse', a story set in Spain in 1936 and London in 1967 following the lives of four women whose lives are intertwined via a mysterious painting by a Spanish painter (published by Picador)

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