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Arena With Seán Rocks

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Tuesday 23rd August

Review: “All That Man Is” by David Szalay

Donal O’Donoghue reviews “All That Man Is” by David Szalay, nine short stories about men and their relationships with the world around them, a meditation on what it means to be a man today (published by Jonathan Cape London)

'Buridan's Ass' at Bewleys Café Theatre

Michael James Ford and Ruairi Heading talk about performing in the surreal comedy about taxidermy - “Buridan’s Ass” at Bewleys Café Theatre

Hieronymous Bosch anniversary

Brian Fay marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Mrs Brown's Boys named Top British Sitcom of this century, critics vote Mulholland Drive by David Lynch the Best Film of the 21st Century, funniest joke of 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival revealed

Monday 22nd August

Preview of autumn schedule on RTÉ Television

Abie Philbin Bowman previews the highlights of the autumn season on RTÉ Television

50th anniversary of 'Cathy Come Home'

Ruth Barton marks the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking BBC tv drama by Ken Loach, “Cathy Come Home”

'Megalomaniac' by Outlandish Theatre Platform at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2016

Outlandish Theatre Platform artistic director Maud Hendricks, assistant artistic director Bernie O’Reilly and Iman Aoun of Ashtar Theatre Palestine chat about “Megalomaniac”, the story of an immigrant from Syria who is now an Irish citizen but worried about her family caught up in the war at home in Syria

Review: 'I Draw, I Do' by David Hockney at the MAC Belfast

Kelly Grovier reviews “ I Draw, I Do”, a large exhibition of the early works of David Hockney currently running at the MAC Belfast

Arts News

with Sarah Binchy - Ben Affleck to direct and star in new adaptation of 'Witness For The Prosecution' by Agatha Christie, tiny Spanish publishing house acquires rights to mysterious 15th century manuscript, RTÉ autumn television schedule announced

Friday 19th August

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Simon Maher review “At Swim” from Lisa Hannigan, “Innocence Reaches” from Of Montreal and “Pure & Simple” from Dolly Parton

A profile of Pedro Almodóvar

Tony Tracy profiles the Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodóvar

'Riot' at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

Philip McMahon of theatre company This Is Pop Baby and Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) chat about their cabaret/variety show “Riot”, which is the headline show in the Spiegeltent at this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

Arts News

with Alan Corr - planning approval granted for a new Irish literary heritage centre, Irish playwright Orla Murphy wins Lustrum Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, almost 40 new acts announced for Electric Picnic

Thursday 18th August

20th anniversary of Pallas Projects

Marking the 20th anniversary of Pallas Projects, an artist-run initiative where vacant spaces in all types of locations are used as galleries – with Abie Philbin Bowman and clips of interview with American artists Liz Nielsen and Angel Bellaran

'Procedure' by Fred Johnston

Fred Johnston reads his poem “Procedure”, which features in 'Even The Daybreak', an anthology celebrating 35 years of Salmon Poetry

'The Trout' by Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, author of “The Trout”, a story about a retired schoolteacher in Ontario forced to confront long-suppressed traumatic memories of his childhood in Ireland in the 1950’s (published by Sandstone Press)

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Mark Ryall review “David Brent: Life On The Road”, “Swallows & Amazons” and “The Childhood Of A Leader”

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - JK Rowling to revisit the Potter world in a series of e-books about lesser characters in the novels, a film about the life of Anne Frank has been secretly screened in Iran, the original 1966 tv Batman Adam West to return in a new animated film

Wednesday 17th August

Elaine May retrospective at the Irish Film Institute

Alice Butler of the Irish Film Institute chats about their upcoming retrospective on the work of comedian/actor/writer/director Elaine May

'Mandela Trilogy' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Lorcan Clancy reports on “Mandela Trilogy”, a musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela by Cape Town Opera; it comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in September

Review: “Heroes Of The Frontier” by Dave Eggers

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Heroes Of The Frontier” by Dave Eggers, about a mother and her two children who run from their problems in Ohio to settle in the wilds of Alaska (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Arts News

with Abie Philbin Bowman - a new online initiative to tackle sexism in the publishing industry, frustration with Russia in the film industry, the Rose of Tralee bans party-piece poetry recitations

Tuesday 16th August

Centres of Cataclysm-Celebrating 50 Years of Modern Poetry in Translation”, edited by Sasha Dugdale

Sasha Dugdale, one of the editors of “Centres of Cataclysm-Celebrating 50 Years of Modern Poetry in Translation” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

A profile of Amy Schumer

Abie Philbin Bowman profiles the American comedian/actress Amy Schumer, who plays the 3 Arena in Dublin next week

“Strange Occurances In A Small Irish Village”, a documentary by Aoife Kelleher

Rachel Lysaght, producer of  “Strange Occurances In A Small Irish Village”, a documentary by Aoife Kelleher about the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the village of Knock in 1879 and how it has been a place of pilgrimage and religious devotion ever since

“Release The Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of  It” by DBC Pierre

DBC Pierre chats about his latest novel “Release The Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of  It”, offering advice to would-be writers (published by Faber)

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - winners announced of this year's James Tait Black literary prize, Calvin Harris named the world's highest-earning DJ

Monday 15th August

Theatrical adaptation of 'The Aran Islands' journals by JM Synge

Actor Brendan Conroy and director Joe O’Byrne chat about bringing “The Aran Islands”, a theatrical adaptation of JM Synge’s journals of his time on the Aran islands, to the three Aran islands this weekend

Review: “Dadland” by Keggie Carew

Eithne Shortall reviews “Dadland” by Keggie Carew, her memoir of her father Tom Carew, an Irishman who joined a British Army elite squad during World War II, fought behind enemy lines in France and Burma and was also an inventor and at times a liar (published by Vintage)

Essay: the emotional impulses involved in creating

Daniel Seery with an essay reflecting on the emotional impulses involved in creating, whether it is science, art or home brewing

'A Fair Land' at IMMA

Lorcan Clancy reports on “A Fair Land”, a large-scale collaborative exhibition at IMMA with artists, architects, growers and chefs all working together to develop a system for living derived from basic and simple resources

“Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo” by Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman talks about the Russian immigrant experience in America and raising adopted children, themes covered in his latest novel “Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo” (published by Harper Collins)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - tributes paid to Donegal musician Stephen Martin (aka Rainy Boy Sleep) whose death was announced at the weekend, a set of antlers Hunter S Thompson stole from Ernest Hemingway's house finally returned to his family, update on Morrissey's health after cancer scare

Friday 12th August

Album reviews

Sinead Gleeson and Eamon Sweeney review “IIVV” by All Tvvins, “Major Key” from DJ Khaled and “A Weird Exits” from Thee Oh Sees

'Brittlefield' by Aideen Barry at the RHA Gallery

Aideen Barry gives Kay a guided tour of her exhibition of video installations - “Brittlefield” at the RHA Gallery

'The Get Down' on Netflix

Mary McGill with a guide to the Baz Luhrmann tv series “The Get Down”, set in the world of 1970’s New York hip hop and which premieres tonight on Netflix

Arts News

with Alan Corr - a new album to come in the autumn from Leonard Cohen, Homeland hints at a new-look US president in next series, council dissolved in Italian town that inspired The Godfather because of mafia connections

Thursday 11th August

'Battles' by John Cummins

John Cummins reads his poem 'Battles'

'Viva', a film by Paddy Breathnach

Paddy Breathnach talks about his latest film “Viva”, set in the drag clubs of Havana Cuba and starring Mark O’Halloran

Film reviews

Alice Butler and Justin MacGregor review “The Shallows”, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words”

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - America's PEN/Nabokov Award re-launched to honour international writers, sales of 'Syria Speaks: Art & Culture From The Frontline' soar after it was involved in a recent security incident, Brad Pitt courting director David Fincher for a sequel to zombie thriller 'World War Z'

Wednesday 10th August

“Ghost Of The Fisher Cat” by Aifric McGlinchey

Aifric McGlinchey explains how a mural in Paris inspired the poems in her latest collection “Ghost Of The Fisher Cat” (published by Salmon Poetry)

A profile of Louis CK

Abie Philbin Bowman profiles the American comedian Louis CK who will be performing next Monday at the 3 Arena

Review: “An Abbreviated Life” by Ariel Leve

Sarah Binchy reviews the memoir “An Abbreviated Life” by journalist Ariel Leve, her account of growing up with an absent father, an eccentric mother and no sense of a stable home life (published by Harper Collins)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - full programme launched for Culture Night 2016, Ireland well-represented at Toronto Film Festival in September, Ed Sheeran to be sued for his song 'Thinking Out Loud'

Tuesday 9th August

10th anniversary of 'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse

Rachel Breslin marks the 10th anniversary of the Amy Winehouse album “Back To Black”

The Olympics on film

Chris Wasser with a guide to the Olympic Games on film – everything from documentary to drama to comedy to award-winning epics

“Violet Gibson – The Woman Who Shot Mussolini” by Alice Barry

Alice Barry talks about the subject of her play “Violet Gibson – The Woman Who Shot Mussolini” which is currently running at the Everyman Theatre Cork

Review: 'You Will Know Me' by Megan Abbott

Arlene Hunt reviews “You Will Know Me” by Megan Abbott, a crime novel about an aspiring gymnast with her sights set on the Olympics until a violent death rocks the gymnastics community (published by Picador)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - death announced of Pádraig Duggan, a founding member of Clannad, Grace Jones one of the headliners at Metropolis music festival, The Simpsons celebrate major milestones with hip-hop tribute to The Great Gatsby

Monday 8th August

Live from the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016

Live from the Set Theatre at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, with the British chamber ensemble The Heath Quartet and the Martin Hayes Quartet and French theatre troupe Footsbarn

Friday 5th August

Album reviews

Zara Hedderman and Simon Maher review “Boy King” from Wild Beasts, “Nigeria Freedom Sounds”, a compilation album from Soul Jazz Records and “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” from Dinosaur Jnr

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