Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Friday 18th April

    Mortality and the arts

    a look at the the types of artistic expression people take comfort in as they age. Panelists include Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Shaun Dunne, Michele Forbes and Bernard Clarke

    Thursday 17th April

    World Record Store Day 2014

    Edel Coffey reports on what is happening in independent music shops around the country this Saturday, World Record Store Day

    Brian Ború & the Battle of Clontarf Festival

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on events taking place in Dublin and Armagh to mark the Battle of Clontarf Festival this weekend

    Tribute to Levon Helm

    Róisín Dwyer talks about the second Tribute to Levon Helm (drummer & vocalist with The Band) happening on Saturday night at The Sugar Club

    Film reviews

    Roe McDermott and Simon Maher review “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, “The Sea”, “We Are The Best” and “Love Punch”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – Chris O’Dowd getting rave reviews for his Broadway debut as Lenny in ‘Of Mice & Men’, the Who to release new material for their 50th anniversary, the independent World Record Store Day takes place this weekend

    Wednesday 16th April

    Comedy - Jim Gaffigan

    Abie Philbin Bowman talks to US comedian Jim Gaffigan

    Joshua Oppenheimer, film director

    film-maker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about his controversial documentary “The Act Of Killing” which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their mass killings

    James Joyce, music and creativity

    an interview with Padraig Trehy, director of “Shem The Penman Sings Again”, an experimental film exploring James Joyce’s love of singing and his relationship with tenor John McCormack

    Television - 'Fargo' hits the small screen

    Roe McDermott previews the new 10-part tv series “Fargo”

    Sebastian Barry

    the author Sebastian Barry talks about his latest novel “The Temporary Gentleman” and the film adaptation of “The Secret Scripture” that is in the works

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – Omar Shariff guest of honour at the Dublin Arabic Film Festival, the Huffington Post listsTemple Bar amongst the World’s 10 Most Disappointing Locations, no foreign-language translations of the Morrisey autobiography ‘True To You’

    Tuesday 15th April

    IMPAC Literary Award

    in the first of a series reviewing the 10 books on the shortlist for the IMPAC Award, Kay Sheehy reviews “The Light Of Amsterdam” by David Park, published by Bloomsbury

    Japanese exhibition at Chester Beatty Library

    Evelyn O’Rourke talks to Fionnuala Croke from the Chester Beatty Library about their exhibition ‘Experiencing Japan’ running throughout April

    EVA International

    Declan Long reports on the range of works on show at this year’s EVA International, Ireland’s premier contemporary art biennial in Limerick

    Tom Rob Smith, author

    interview with Tom Rob Smith, author of “The Farm”, published by Simon & Schuster

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – rumours that AC/DC might split forever, new book by Ian McEwan ‘The Children Act’ is about religious parents who refuse medical treatment for their child, consternation that The Daily Telegraph list of the 20 Best British Novels of All Time features three Irish authors – James Joyce, John Banville and Flann O’Brien

    Monday 14th April

    Classic movie

    Harvey O’Brien on “Dracula” from 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola

    New music festival

    Abie Philbin Bowman reports on launch of Dublin City Council’s new music festival MusicTown 2015

    Rap anniversary

    Jim Carroll on 20th anniversary of ground-breaking rap album “Illmatic” by Nas


    Sonya Kelly on the week-long artistic residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre that was harder work than anticipated

    Book review

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Department of Speculation” by Jenny Offill, published by Granta

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney – Glen Hansard and team of “Once” win twice at Olivier Theatre Awards, one of the artworks to be auctioned at Bonham’s British & Irish Art Sale is ‘Island Men Returning’ by Jack B Yeats, a potentially-valuable small artwork appears on side of terrace house in England and possibly by graffiti artist Banksy

    Friday 11th April

    New writers at Cúirt International Festival of Literature

    New writers Pat McDonnell, Jennifer Matthews and Ruth Quinlan spoke to Evelyn O’Rourke at ‘Over The Edge’ (a monthly event designed to encourage developing writers)

    Maria Doyle Kennedy at Cúirt International Festival of Literature

    Maria Doyle Kennedy chats about her new album 'Maria Live' (live performance not available as a podcast)

    Authors at Cúirt International Festival of Literature

    American author Rachel Kushner, Canadian author Patrick deWitt and Irish author Eimear McBride chat about their award-winning novels

    Thursday 10th April

    Album Reviews

    John Meagher & Sinead Ní Mhórdha review 'Caustic Love' from Paolo Nutini, 'Architect' from Wallis Bird and 'It's Album Time' from Todd Terje

    Art exhibition

    Kelly Grover on ‘The Art of the Troubles’, an exhibition at the Ulster Museum of the works of 50 artists interpreting how the troubles impacted on the lives of people in the north of Ireland

    Film Reviews

    Joe Griffin & Róisín O’Brien review “Calvary”, “The Raid 2” and “The Last Days on Mars”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the Ceiliúradh at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Ray Davies (of The Kinks) to appear at the Dublin Writers Festival in May, Joan Jett and Michael Stipe may sing with surviving members of Nirvana tonight

    Wednesday 9th April

    Crime writing

    Declan Burke reviews the best in recent crime fiction

    Television preview

    Abie Philbin Bowman previews the new (and final) series of Mad Men, a television series that has been acclaimed by critics and viewers alike as a modern classic

    IMPAC Literary Award

    Kay Sheehy on the announcement of the 10 novels that have made it onto the IMPAC shortlist

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – two more Irish writers Donal Ryan and David Parker made shortlist for IMPAC Award, two more seasons confirmed for Game of Thrones, newly de-classified documents reveal CIA used Boris Pasternak novel Dr Zhivago to spread unrest amongst the popularion of the Soviet Union during the Cold War

    Tuesday 8th April

    Artist interview

    the Indian artist Sheela Gowda on her 20 year retrospective at IMMA

    Comic Con

    Maura McHugh previews what you can expect at the MCM Ireland Comic Con convention in the RDS, Dublin this weekend

    Film director interview

    Gareth Evans, Welsh-born film director of “The Raid 2”

    Author interview

    Eleanor Catton, author of “The Luminaries” , her second novel which won the Man Booker Prize in 2013. It is published by Granta

    Arts News

    Alan Corr with the latest news - for the first time ever Glyndebourne Opera Company bring Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ to Dublin in December, Coldplay will not be doing any publicity for their new album ‘Ghost Stories’, broadcaster Michael Buerk criticises female tv presenters and newsreaders who complain about age discrimination

    Monday 7th April

    Classic Movie

    Darryl Jones analyses 'An Inspector Calls' starring Alastair Sim, from 1954

    Television auditions

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on the open auditions for the TG4 Irish-language soap Ros na Rún

    Book review

    Eibhear Walshe reviews “From Out Of The City” by John Kelly

    Author interview

    Irish author Audrey Magee, shortlisted for Bailey’s Prize for Womens Fiction for her debut novel “The Undertaking”

    Musician interview

    Sean chats to renowned cellist Richard Harwood, who is performing at the National Concert Hall as part of their Essential Classics series

    Arts News

    Alan Corr reports on the tragic death of Peaches Geldof, highlights of 2014 Kilkenny Arts Festival announced and Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

    Friday 4th April

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin & Alan Corr review “Lift Your Spirit” from Aloe Blacc, “Tremors” from Sohn and “Himalayan” from Band of Skulls


    Abie Philbin Bowman takes a look at “Look Who’s Back’, a book by Timur Vermes which asks the question if Hitler returned would we be able to laugh at him?


    Evelyn O’Rourke on the growing trend for ‘the selfie’ amongst celebrities, politicians and ordinary mortals

    Films of the 1990's

    film lecturer Tom Kennedy with a guide to the essential movies of the 1990’s

    Arts News

    Alan Corr reports on Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade to be published March 2015, Paul Simon taking part in a tribute to Seamus Heaney in NCH on 23rd April and the expected faces and nominees at the IFTA’s tomorrow night

    Thursday 3rd April

    Film reviews

    Joe Griffin & Roe McDermott review new releases 'Noah”, “The Double” and 'Divergent'

    Band interview

    Sean chats to Limerick band Hermitage Green

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