Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Wednesday 30th July

    Art Installation: 'Forsaken'

    Mannix Flynn and textile artist Maedbh McMahon talk about the art installation “Forsaken” by Farcry Productions, in memory of those who were banished to mother and baby homes/Magdalene laundries

    Play about death row

    Mark McCabe and Andrew Lynch, co-writers of the play “Death Row Cowboy”, the story of a young man on death row which is running at Smock Alley Theatre

    Essay: Walt Disney and Marvel

    Joe Griffin with an essay about Walt Disney buying Marvel Comics in 2009 and what this means for the future of the superhero

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Abie Philbin Bowman looks at the career of Loudon Wainwright III in advance of the release of his new album “Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)”

    Kate Tempest, spoken word artist

    Spoken word artist Kate Tempest talks about her lyrical poetry, she is a guest at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Disclosure and Bastille added to line-up for Guinness Amplify weekend (which replaces Arthur's Day), Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams join campaign to save film company Kodak, Robert Plant responds to Jimmy Page's stated annoyance at plans for Led Zeppelin re-union

    Tuesday 29th July

    Tom French, poet

    Tom French talks about the inspiration for his latest collection “Midnightstown”

    In The Willows

    chat with Dave Green of alternative folk band In The Willows

    Conflicted Theatre Cork

    writer/director Evan Lordan and actress Kate Fitzgerald talk about their play “We Make Gods”, the latest production from Conflicted Theatre in Cork

    Science-fiction round-up

    Rick O’Shea reviews latest science-fiction novels – “The Quick” by Lauren Owen, “The Girl With All The Gifts” by M R Carey, “The Martian” by Andy Weir, “The Bees” by Laline Paull, “The Three” by Sarah Lotz, “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North

    Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

    Kris Nelson, artistic director and CEO of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival – the 2014 festival programme is launched today

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - all-female punk band Pussy Riot to sue the Russian government for unfair conviction, Donna Tartt novel 'The Goldfinch' to be made into a film, filming of Star Wars VII continues on Skellig Michael despite concern over use of a protected world heritage site

    Monday 28th July

    Book review: 'The Band' by Craig Harris

    Róisín Dwyer reviews 'The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music' by Craig Harris, a biography of the legendary rock group (published by Rowman and Littlefield)

    Book review: 'Upstairs At The Party' by Linda Grant

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “Upstairs At The Party” by Linda Grant, the story of a working-class Jewish girl from Liverpool who has literary aspirations (published by Virago Press)

    Gavin Bryars, composer

    Composer Gavin Bryars talks about his role as composer-in-residence at in the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

    Neil Delamere's new television series

    Abie Philbin Bowman talks to Neil Delamere about his new television series “Holding Out For A Hero” where he looks at the myths of Irish heroes like Fionn MacCumhaill and Gráinne Mhaol

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - an online petition to get Joan Burton to apologise for derogatory comnents she made about Metallica fans/metal heads, three of JD Salinger short stories to be re-published, a television episode featuring The Simpsons and Family Guy mash-up to come in the autumn

    Friday 25th July

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and David Turpin review “Song Reader” with various artists interpreting the songs of Beck, “Hypnotic Eye” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis

    Erin Fornoff, poet

    American performance/spoken word poet Erin Fornoff talks about her work ahead of her appearance at the Indiependence Festival this weekend

    Charlie Haden RIP

    Jonathan Creasy pays tribute in essay form to his former teacher, jazz bassist Charlie Haden who died this month

    Joe Caslin, artist

    Joe Caslin talks about the inspiration behind his large-scale portrait installations ‘Our Nations Sons’ – young people trying to cope with modern life

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney – Working Title buy theatrical rights to Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories, Rough Trade label sign Derry singer Soak, Garda Siochána post message on their official Facebook page asking for the public's help tracing a missing man - Garth Brooks

    Thursday 24th July

    Alistair Spalding, Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to Alistair Spalding of Sadler’s Wells Theatre about how he has transformed the dance theatre into a huge financial success

    Cormac O'Caoimh, singer

    chat with singer/songwriter Cormac O’Caoimh

    Best in crime fiction

    Declan Burke reviews some of the latest crime fiction – “Twisted” by Lynda la Plante, “The Final Silence” by Stuart Neville, “Young Philby” by Robert Littell, “Murder Below Montparnasse” by Cara Black, “I Can See In The Dark” by Karen Fossum, “All Day and A Night” by Alafair Burke

    Film reviews

    Joe Griffin and Roe McDermott review “Joe”, “Hercules” and “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – Star Wars VII to shoot scenes on Skellig Michael, Courtney Love considering options for who will play the lead in Kurt Cobain biopic, a promotional teaser for the film '50 Shades of Grey' has been released

    Wednesday 23rd July

    'Show Boat' the musical

    Abie Philbin Bowman reports on the Cape Town Opera Company production of the racially-tense musical “Show Boat”

    Feminist Film Festival

    Karla Healion, curator of Ireland’s first Feminist Film Festival

    Louis Lentin RIP

    Lelia Doolan pays tribute to film-maker Louis Lentin who died today

    'A Parallel Life' by Bonnie Greer

    Bonnie Greer talks about her memoir “A Parallel Life” (published by Arcadia Books)

    Man Booker Prize longlist

    Sinead Gleeson reviews the novels on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker prize

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – tw o Irish authors on the Man Booker prize longlist, a database of films held in the IFI Irish Film archive has just been made available online, sad news about the death of film-maker Louis Lentin

    Tuesday 22nd July

    Book review - 'Twee' by Marc Spitz

    Jim Carroll reviews “Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film” by Marc Spitz (published by Harper Collins)

    Book review - 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes' by Anna McPartlin

    Edel Coffey reviews “The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes” by Anna McPartlin, the story of a woman dying of cancer looking back on her life (published by Transworld UK)

    MAC Belfast artists prize

    curator Hugh Mulholland and artist Darek Fortas talk about the shortlist for MAC International, a new artists prize from the Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast

    Marc Silver, film director

    film director Marc Silver explains the background to his latest documentary “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” in which Gael Garcia Bernal tries to identify the remains of an unknown migrant who died in the Arizona desert while trying to get to America

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Robert Downey Jnr the top-paid Hollywood movie star this year, 23 acts join the line-up for this year's Electric Picnic, George Harrison memorial tree in Los Angeles is killed by beetle infestation

    Monday 21st July

    Natural Born Killers

    Brian Lloyd on the 20th anniversary of the release of highly-controversial film “Natural Born Killers”

    'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton

    Jessie Burton talks about her debut novel “The Miniaturist”, set in Amsterdam in 1686 about the 18-year old Nella who is given a miniature version of her new married home (published by Picador)

    'The Beach Boys Smile' by Luis A Sanchez

    John Byrne reviews “The Beach Boys Smile” by Luis A. Sanchez, the story of the decades-long gestation period for the Brian Wilson-produced album ‘Smile’ (published by Bloomsbury)

    Dublin Theatre Festival 2014

    Willie White, artistic director of the Dublin Theatre Festival announces the programme for 2014

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the Cork venue The Pavilion closes down, only one Irish author (Sebastian Barry) makes the shortlist for the best-selling books in Ireland over the past 12 years, Johnny Marr announces his second solo album will be released later this year

    Friday 18th July

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Simon Maher review 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business” by Morrissey, “Jungle” by Jungle and “Trouble In Paradise” by La Roux

    Molly Keane

    Mary McGill talks about the work of novelist Molly Keane ahead of next month’s Molly Keane Writers Week

    Hip Hop and the Táin

    Ciarda Tobin, creative director of Hip Hop Theatre talks about their hip-hop version of The Táin, part of Limerick’s City of Culture celebrations (two extracts performed by Shane Davis)

    'England and Other Stories' by Graham Swift

    author Graham Swift talks about his novel “England & Other Stories”, his first collection of short stories in 25 years (published by Simon & Schuster)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr – a copy of the first book ever printed in the English language sells at Sotheby's for over £1m, the Irish single charts will now include streaming figures, American actress Elaine Stritch dies

    Thursday 17th July

    Theatre review

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Be Infants In Evil” by Brian Martin at the Druid Theatre as part of the Galway International Arts Festival

    'A Song For Issy Bradley' by Carys Bray

    Carys Bray talks about her debut novel “A Song For Issy Bradley', the story of a woman who joins the Mormon faith but has to re-examine her beliefs after a tragedy (published by Hutchinson)

    Paul Williams, composer

    legendary composer Paul Williams talks about his career which began as an actor and then writing hits for television, film and pop singers

    Film Reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Paul Whitington review “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”, “Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon” and “Grand Central”

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