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    Tuesday 19th August

    Ted Hughes 'Bestiary'

    A new collection of the poetry of Ted Hughes has been selected by fellow poet Alice Oswold. It’s called a ‘A Ted Hughes Bestiary’ and chooses as its focus the work that features animals both real and imaginary. Jessica Traynor has been reading the collection for us...

    Classic Movie - American Beauty

    It is fifteen years since Sam Mendes seminal movie American Beauty was released. Starring Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, it has become a classic depiction of the darkness that lurks behind the American Dream. Gavin Burke watched it for us

    2FiK Live in Studio

    Born in Paris in a Moroccan Muslim family, the visual artist 2Fik re-creates and subverts images from da Vinci masterpieces to ads for Vodka. He’s coming to the Dublin Fringe Festival this September

    Monday 18th August

    Claude Debussy

    Bernard Clarke of Lyric FM celebrates the works of Debussy on the week of his birthday in 1862

    Book Review: The Paying Guests

    The Paying Guests is the 6th novel from the British author Sarah Waters. Edel Coffey has read it and gives her views

    Aisling Bea

    Irish actress Aisling Bea has turned to comedy with great success. Abie Philbin Bowman talks to Evelyn O'Rourke about her career

    Book: J by Howard Jacobson

    Howard Jacobson discusses his new novel which is longlisted for the Man Booker prize

    Friday 15th August

    Ensemble Eriu

    A septet of traditional Irish musicians, Ensemble Eriu, are in studio

    Arnold Schwarzenegger - An Appreciation

    Joe Griffin lauds the career and talents of Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Book Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

    Broken Monsters is reviewed by Arlene Hunt

    Thursday 14th August

    Book Review: Bitter Remedy by Conor Fitzgerald

    Bitter Remedy is the fifth novel by Conor Fitzgerald about Commissario Alec Blume

    Sonya Kelly's Journey on the Luas

    Sonya Kelly is an actor and writer who is a regular contributor to Arena. Here she recounts a journey she made on the LUAS

    'Four Weddings and a Funeral' is 20 Years Old

    Back in 1994, a British film called ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ was released on the big screen. With a budget of just a couple of million pounds sterling, this story of a bumbling bachelor trying to find love, went on to break box office records

    Little Matadors

    Live in studio to play two tracks are Little Matador

    Film Reviews

    The Rover; The Expendables 3; and Hector and the Search for Happiness are reviewed by Joe Griffin and Eithne Shortall

    Wednesday 13th August

    A Fistful of Dollars - 50 Years On

    This film launched a new genre of film - Spaghetti Westerns. Brian Lloyd is in studio.

    Books - Latest Fiction

    Edel Coffey looks at the latest popular fiction just published

    Peter Fallon

    Peter Fallon reads 'A Winter Wound' from his latest collection 'Strong My Love'

    Hawk - Live in Studio

    London-based band 'Hawk' are live in studio.

    Death of Lauren Bacall

    The death of legendary actress Lauren Bacall was announced today. Ruth Barton, lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, is in studio to discuss her film career.

    Tuesday 12th August

    My Fellow Sponges

    The six-piece Galway-based band is led by Anna Malarkey and Donal McConnan and they join Séan in studio.

    Film Maudit at the IFI

    Film Maudit or cursed film is a term used to describe films that have been unfairly maligned or overlooked on their release. Now the Irish Film Institute is running a season to showcase the films they believe deserve a reappraisal. IFI Cinema Programmer Kevin Coyne joins Séan in studio.

    Alison Moore

    Alison Moore was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2012 with her first novel The Lighthouse. Her second novel, He Wants, is the story of a retired teacher whose life is shaken up by the reappearance of an old school friend. Alison joins Séan to talk about the book.

    Monday 11th August

    The Colleen Bawn Trials

    ‘The Colleen Bawn Trials – the true story of Ellen Hanley’ is directed by Joan Sheehy, who talks to Sean from the Limerick studio.

    Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ tells a tale of crossed wires, love denied, infidelity, deception and gossip in a small Sicilian port town. A production of the play by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company is currently running as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Sophie Gorman has been to see it.

    Carlo Gebler

    Carlo Gebler is giving a talk this year at the Merriman Summer School, entitled 'The Unsayable: the role of literature in mental health’.

    Friday 8th August

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Simon Maher review “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss” by Sinead O’Connor, “Get Hurt” by The Gaslight Anthem and “LP1” by FKA twigs

    Gerry Andrews, photographer

    Gerry Andrews talks about the 40 years he has spent photographing the Milk Market in Limerick

    DBC Pierre, author

    author DBC Pierre talks about his latest novel “Breakfast With The Borgias”, a horror novella about a professor isolated in a hotel in Suffolk (published by Hammer)

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - Brendan Gleeson tipped for a Best Actor Oscar for 'Calvary', Kilkenny Arts Festival begins today, Morrissey not happy that nobody wants to interview him about his new album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

    Thursday 7th August

    Weird Al Yankovic

    Alan Corr looks at the career of parody artist Weird Al Yankovic

    Book review: 'Michaelangelo: Complete Works'

    Brian Fay reviews “Michaelangelo: Complete Works” by Frank Zollner, Christof Thoenes and Thomas Popper (published by Taschen)

    Book review: 'In The Light Of What We Know' by Zia Haider Rahman

    Eibhear Walshe reviews the book “In The Light Of What We Know” by Zia Haider Rahman, about a friendship between two men - Zafar and the narrator (published by Farrar Straus and Giroux)

    Film reviews

    Gavin Burke and Ruth Barton review “Welcome To New York”, “God’s Pocket” and “The Inbetweeners 2”

    Wednesday 6th August

    Dublin band Groom

    Michael Stevens and Wil McDermott from Dublin band Groom chat and perform live

    Adrian Dunbar, actor and director

    Adrian Dunbar talks about directing the short play ‘Catastrophe’ by Samuel Beckett for this year’s ‘Happy Days’ Festival in Enniskillen

    Jacqueline Bisset

    Jacqueline Bisset talks about her career and starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in her latest film “Welcome To New York”

    Billy Collins, poet

    former American poet laureate Billy Collins talks about his style of poetry, he is artist-in-residence at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Gabriel Byrne quietly marries his long-time girlfriend in Ballymaloe, Jamie Dornan to star in new film about Irish soldiers siege in Jadotville in the Congo, annual Fleadh Cheoil taking place this weekend in Sligo

    Tuesday 5th August

    Jeff Buckley anniversary

    Jim Carroll on the 20th anniversary of the release of “Grace”, the only studio album Jeff Buckley ever completed

    Book review: 'Dangerous Rhythm' by Richard Barrios

    John Byrne reviews the book “Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter” by Richard Barrios (published by Oxford University Press)

    Essay by Sara Baume

    Sara Baume essay about a mis-shapen snowman, friendship and loneliness

    Sinead O'Connor

    Sinead O’Connor talks about the inspiration for her new album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Sandra Bullock confirmed as the highest-paid actress in the world, Ricky Gervais confirms there'll be an upcoming film about David Brent from 'The Office', Marianne Faithful says her former lover was behind the accidental death of Jim Morrison

    Monday 4th August

    Brenda Fricker

    A public interview with Oscar-winning Irish actress Brenda Fricker, recorded at the recent Galway Film Fleadh

    Friday 1st August

    Album reviews

    Aoife Barry and Jim Carroll review “Pixie Lott” by Pixie Lott ,“Lese Majesty” by Shabazz Palaces and “Wayfarer” by Nell Bryden

    Publishing on Twitter

    Edel Coffey on Booker-nominated novelist David Mitchell publishing his new short story “The Right Sort” exclusively on Twitter

    'All My Puny Sorrows' by Miriam Toews

    Canadian author Miriam Toews talks about her novel “All My Puny Sorrows”, the story of two Mennonite sisters, one of whom is intent on ending her life (published by Faber & Faber)

    From small screen to big screen

    Chris Wasser on television programmes that make the transfer to the big screen – e.g. The Inbetweeners, Porridge, Mr Bean, Monty Python, The Fugitive, Star Trek

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – Irish band Delorentos sign with Universal record label, Johnny Cash residence may be turned into a rehab centre, The Killers top ‘weirdest lyrics’ poll

    Thursday 31st July

    Solo Series Phase II

    violinist Cora Venus Lunny and cellist Kate Ellis talk about their participation in the musical project ‘Solo Series Phase II’

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