Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

Monday - Friday 7-8pm



Wednesday 29th June

Television programmes made in films

Chris Wasser with a guide to television shows which have been made into films and assesses which worked and which didn’t

'Nocturne' by Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor reads ‘Nocturne’, her poem about an Irish soldier reflecting on the his time fighting in the battle of the Somme

Review: 'The Wake' at the Abbey Theatre

Sophie Gorman reviews “The Wake” by Tom Murphy at the Abbey Theatre

'Beautiful Pictures Of The Lost Homeland' by Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher reads an extract from her novel “Beautiful Pictures Of The Lost Homeland”, about a teenager called Georgia who used to be Georgie (published by New Island)

'The Windows Of Graceland' by Martina Evans

Martina Evans chats about her latest collection of poetry “The Windows of Graceland”, an anthology of older works and new and previously unpublished poems (published by Carcanet)

Review: 'The Girls' by Emma Cline

Eithne Shortall reviews “The Girls” by Emma Cline, a debut novel about a teenage girl who becomes caught-up in a Charles Manson-like cult in California in the 1960's (published by Chatto & Windus)

Tuesday 28th June

'Man On The Ground' by Colm Keegan

Colm Keegan reads his poem “Man On The Ground”, about an airline pilot looking just like everybody else once he's on the ground

Ireland and Judge Dredd

PJ Holden, artist and Michael Carroll, writer who are the first all-Ireland creative team to work on the comic book series Judge Dredd for more than 25 years

Review: 'Zero K' by Don DeLillo

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Zero K” by Don DeLillo, a science fiction thriller about a father and son living in a world where bodies are cryogenically frozen until technology and medicine have the ability to regenerate people (published by Picador)

'Take Me To The River' by Fergal McCarthy

Fergal McCarthy explains the concept behind his exhibition “Take Me To The River” at Visual Carlow - using shipping palettes and plastic bottles extracted from the canal near his home, he built a raft and travelled the route from Carlow to the Guinness factory in Dublin along the river Barrow and the Grand Canal

Arts News - Leland Bardwell RIP

Pat Boran reacts to news of the death of poet/novelist/playwright Leland Bardwell

Monday 27th June

Review: “Boombox: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap, 1979 – 1982”

Jim Carroll reviews “Boombox: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap, 1979 – 1982”, a compilation album from the early days of hip-hop and electro in New York

Adrian Rice, poet

Antrim poet Adrian Rice talks about how living in north Carolina inspires his poems, the politics of northern Ireland and he reads from his latest collection “Hickory Station”

'Girl Unknown' by Karen Perry

Paul Perry and Karen Gillece (who write under the pen-name Karen Perry) chat about their latest thriller “Girl Unknown”, about a girl called Zoe who turns up at the office of a UCD professor and announces she is his daughter – but her story doesn’t quite add up and what does she really want from his family? (published by Penguin)

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish writers respond to Brexit vote, Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone to play the young Agatha Christie in two different biopics being planned, David Bowie and Prince memorabilia selling well at auction

Friday 24th June

Live from the Hay Festival Kells

Live from the Hay Festival Kells, with guests including award-winning authors Hanif Kureishi and Lisa McInerney, poet Peter Fallon and musicians Mary Black and brother and sister Saramai and Oisín Leech (for copyright reasons the music performed is not available to download in the podcast)

Thursday 23rd June

'Tender Napalm' by Philip Ridley

Stephen Tadgh and Sarah Finlay chat about “Tender Napalm” by Philip Ridley opening next week at Smock Alley (a 2-man play about the fight to have the last word, grief and assigning blame for a failing relationship)

Kate Dempsey of The Poetry Divas

Kate Dempsey of The Poetry Divas reads “While It Lasted” from her debut collection 'The Space Between' (published by Doire Press)

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Hilary White review “Elvis & Nixon”, “Independence Day: Resurgence” and “Remainder”

Arts News - possible changes to Minister Heather Humphreys’ department portfolio

Theatre director Jo Mangan of the National Campaign for the Arts reacts to the Dáil motion calling for the adoption of a strong national policy on arts and culture and for the restoration of the Arts as a distinct Cabinet portfolio

Tuesday 21st June

'Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!'

Billy O'hAnluain tells the intriguing story behind the compilation album 'Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!'

Maya Angelou documentary at the Hay Festival

Bob Hercules, co-director of “Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise”, a documentary about the life and career of Dr Maya Angelou which is showing at the Hay Festival in Kells this weekend

Review: NCAD, DIT and IADT graduate exhibitions

Art critic Aidan Dunne reviews the NCAD, DIT and IADT graduate exhibitions

Monday 20th June

Review: “Treacherous Strand” by Andrea Carter

Anthony Thuillier reviews “Treacherous Strand” by Andrea Carter, a murder mystery about a solicitor/amateur detective Ben O’Keeffe investigating the death of a French yoga teacher whose body washes up on a Donegal beach and which the police believe is suicide (published by Constable)

Essay: musician John S Beckett

Essay by Charles Gannon about the subject of his biography “John S Beckett: The Man and the Music” (published by Lilliput Press)

Peter Regan, classical pianist

Lorcan Clancy chats with Peter Regan, a pianist from Lanesborough, Co Longford who is on a break from his studies at the Glenn Gould School for classical musicians in Toronto

“The Museum of You” by Carys Bray

Carys Bray talks about her latest novel “The Museum of You”, the story of a 12-year old girl coming to terms with the death of her mother and going through her belongings in an attempt to know more about her (published by Hutchinson London)

Cormac Begley and the Irish musical tradition

Concertina player Cormac Begley explains why he wanted to create the series of concerts “Tunes In The Church” and traditional artistic tuition courses Airt

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - tributes paid to Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin who died in a freak accident, trailer released for new film 'War on Everyone' by John Michael McDonagh, Dublin City Council clamping down on use of loudspeakers by buskers

Friday 17th June

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Alan Corr review “The Getaway” from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, “Starboard Home” which is a compilation by various Irish musicians and “The Dreaming Room” by Laura Mvula

“Fasting and Feasting: Radio Reflections on Christmas and Easter” by Aidan Mathews

Aidan Mathews, author of “Fasting and Feasting: Radio Reflections on Christmas and Easter”, a collection of essays contemplating the two most important feast days in the Christian calendar, broadcast on radio over the past 10 years (published by Veritas)

Comedy masterclass by Steve Kaplan

American screenwriting lecturer Steve Kaplan who is coming to Galway to give a 2-day masterclass in comedy writing “Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Meat Loaf collapses on stage last night, new board appointed to National Museum of Ireland, Ireland's Euro 2016 match tomorrow will be screened by RTÉ at Body & Soul Festival

Thursday 16th June

Artist-in-Residence programme at Electric Picnic

Artist Claire Hartigan who originated the idea for D.I.V.A. (Diverse Individual Visual Artists), aiming to bring professional visual artists together to collaborate with one another at this year’s Electric Picnic, an Artist-in-Residence programme

Inspiration for the characters in Ulysses, by Vivian Igoe

Vivian Igoe reflects on the intriguing characters that populate “Ulysses”; her book is “The Real People of Joyce’s Ulysses – A Biographical Guide” (published by UCD Press)

Review: 'The Blade Artist' by Irvine Welsh

Declan Burke reviews “The Blade Artist” by Irvine Welsh, which follows the story of a sculptor Francis who is in fact the notorious hardman Begbie from the earlier novel Trainspotting (published by Jonathan Cape)

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Justin MacGregor review “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case”, “Gods of Egypt” and “Tale of Tales”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - reports that Harry Styles in the running to play Mick Jagger in a new biopic, Ronnie Claire Walton (who played snobbish Mrs Godsey in The Waltons) dies, David McSavage convicted over tv licence arrears

Wednesday 15th June

Patrick Wilson, star of 'The Conjuring 2'

Abie Philbin Bowman talked to actor Patrick Wilson about his role in the film “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case” which opens this weekend

'Music Books', a series of concerts by Louth Contemporary Music Society

Swiss composer Jurg Frey and Eamon Quinn from the Louth Contemporary Music Society with a preview of “Music Books”, a series of five concerts that will be performed over the weekend in various venues around Dundalk

Shazia Mirza at the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny

British Asian comedian Shazia Mirza who is bringing her show “The Kardashians Made Me Do It” to the Dalkey Book Festival and Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny

Michael Chabon, James Joyce and Bloomsday Festival 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, a guest at this year's Bloomsday Festival, explains how the works of James Joyce – like Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake – have influenced his writing

Arts News

with Alan Corr - substantial grant to IMMA for their 5-year Lucien Freud exhibition, first acts announced for Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival in September, Aidan Turner will not be the new James Bond, first day of Led Zeppelin copyright trial

Tuesday 14th June

Programme for the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016

Eugene Downes, director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival with a guide to the highlights in this year’s festival which celebrates the music of Mozart

Toby Jones, star of 'Tale of Tales'

Toby Jones talks about his previous roles in film, stage and television and his latest role as a King obsessed with a pet flea in the Baroque fantasy “Tale of Tales”

'Songs of Joyce' by Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy

Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy explain their show “Songs of Joyce”, inspired by the music featured in the work of James Joyce, it is part of this week's programme of events for the Bloomsday Festival

“Imaginary Bonnets With Real Bees In Them”, with Paula Meehan and Eavan Boland

Paula Meehan and Eavan Boland talk about “Imaginary Bonnets With Real Bees In Them”, a collection of the three annual lectures Paula has delivered in her tenure as Ireland’s Chair of Poetry (published by UCD Press)

Arts News - Henry McCullough RIP

Tony Clayton Lea remembers the career of Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough who died today

Friday 10th June

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Eithne Shortall review “Strange Little Birds” from Garbage, “Why Are You OK?” from Band of Horses and “This Is Your Life” from Augustines

Review: 'Town Is Dead' at the Peacock

Sophie Gorman reviews the play “Town Is Dead” by Phillip McMahon and Raymond Scannell, now running at the Peacock stage at the Abbey

'Nomad' by James Swallow

James Swallow talks about his latest novel “Nomad”, a thriller about an M16 agent who teams up with a former US army operative to foil terrorists and clear his name of allegations that he’s a traitor (published by Zaffre)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - two Irish films make Time Magazine's Top 10 Movies of 2016 so far, Mel Gibson is working on a sequel to The Passion Of The Christ, Gabriel Byrne up for a Tony Award this weekend for his role in Long Day's Journey Into Night

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