Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Friday 27th May

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Jim Carroll review “Everything’s Beautiful” from Robert Glasper and the late Miles Davis, “The Ride” from Catfish and the Bottlemen and “Kidsticks” from Beth Orton

    PJ O'Connor Award for Radio Drama 2016

    Marina Carr and Rachel West who are both judges in this year’s PJ O’Connor Award for Radio Drama, the winner of which has just been chosen - “Snow Falls And So Do We” by Alan O’Brien

    International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: “Lila' by Marilynne Robinson

    Kay Sheehy with the seventh review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson, the third in the trilogy of novels set in the imaginary town of Gilead, Iowa (published by Virago)

    Arts News

    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin who has just been announced as the new Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016

    Thursday 26th May

    'Out On A Western Plain” by photographer Michael McLaughlin

    Michael McLaughlin chats about his latest exhibition and accompanying book of photography “Out On A Western Plain” at the Custom House Studios Westport, a collection of images from the American south west

    'Sinner' by Rita Ann Higgins

    Rita Ann Higgins reads “Sinner” from her latest poetry collection “Tongulish” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

    'Multitudes' by Lucy Caldwell

    Lucy Caldwell reads an extract from the story “Here We Are” from her debut collection of short stories “Multitudes” (published by Faber)

    Review: “Don’t You Leave Me Here: My Life”, the autobiography of Wilko Johnson

    Tony Clayton Lea reviews “Don’t You Leave Me Here: My Life”, the autobiography of Wilko Johnson, the lead singer with 1970’s punk band Dr Feelgood (published by Little Brown)

    Film reviews

    Sorcha Kenny and Joe Griffin review “Money Monster”, “Alice Through The Looking Glass” and “The Daughter”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Saoirse Ronan will be one of the presenters at next month's Tony Awards in New York, Netflix and Amazon to face quotas on screening local productions, Star Wars wrap party in Dingle last night

    Wednesday 25th May

    The comedy of Reginald D Hunter

    Abie Philbin Bowman profiles the comedy of American stand-up comedian Reginald D Hunter who is touring Ireland from next week

    Review: “Paul McCartney:The Life”, a biography by Philip Norman

    Róisín Dwyer reviews “Paul McCartney: The Life”, a biography by Philip Norman (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

    'The Fallout' by Margaret Scott

    Margaret Scott talks about her novel “The Fallout”, following the lives of four women who are coping in Ireland post economic crash (published by Poolbeg)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - major new film studio proposed for Ringsend in Dublin, bumper crop of Irish movies will be shown at upcoming Edinburgh Film Festival, Colm Tóibín one of many writers expressing opposition to Donald Trump's presidential bid

    Tuesday 24th May

    International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?' by Dave Eggers

    Kay Sheehy with the sixth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?' by Dave Eggers - a man haunted by the death of his friend kidnaps seven people and brings them to a deserted army base to discuss big issues in life

    Reviews: Dublin Dance Festival 2016

    Deirdre Mulrooney reviews some of the productions at the Dublin Dance Festival – “Anam” by Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre, “Folds of the Crane” and “Liminal” solo pieces by Justine Cooper and Liadain Herriot, “Time Over Distance Over Time” by Liz Roche and “Bias” by Katherine O’Malley

    Essay: Bruce Springsteen

    David McCullough with an essay explaining his love for Bruce Springsteen

    YouBloom Music Summit in Dublin 2016

    Donal Lunny who is mentoring aspiring musicians and those who want to work in the industry at the You Bloom Music Summit next week and singer Áine Cahill chats about the importance of treating a career in music as a business

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Waking The Feminists movement wins prestigious US theatre award, death of Pink Panther star Bert Kwouk

    Monday 23rd May

    Review: 'So Sad Today' by Melissa Broder

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “So Sad Today” by the poet Melissa Broder, a selection of frank essays about intimate aspects her life (two years ago she assumed an anonymous Twitter persona in which she expressed her darkest and most negative feelings)  (published by Scribe Publications)

    Whit Stillman, director of 'Love & Friendship'

    Film director Whit Stillman talks about adapting the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan” for his latest film “Love & Friendship”

    'Tongulish' by Rita Ann Higgins

    Rita Ann Higgins talks about - and reads from - her latest collection “Tongulish” (published by Bloodaxe)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan helps Ken Loach win a Palme d'Or, Gabriel Byrne cast as Pope Gregory X in new Netflix series 'Marco Polo', FAI unveils Ireland's theme song for Euro 2016

    Friday 20th May

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review “Fallen Angels” from Bob Dylan, “Lily” from Christy Moore and “These People” from Richard Ashcroft

    Review: Photo London art fair

    Mayo photographer Mark Duffy reviews the major art fair Photo London, where nearly 500 artists are exhibiting at the annual photography fair

    International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: 'Family Life' by Akhil Sharma

    Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Family Life” by Akhil Sharma, an autobiographical novel chronicling the immigrant experience of an Indian family who relocate to America (published by Norton)

    “Gods & Angels” by David Park

    Belfast author David Park chats about “Gods & Angels”, his second collection of short stories exploring themes of loneliness and the male experience (published by Bloomsbury)

    Thursday 19th May

    'The Springs of Affection' by Maeve Brennan re-issued

    Declan Meade, publisher and Maeve Brennan biographer Angela Bourke explain why The Stinging Fly are re-issuing the short story collection “The Springs of Affection” by Maeve Brennan

    Remembering Gene Clark

    Siobhan Kane with an essay remembering Gene Clark, a founding member of the band The Byrds who died 25 years ago this year

    “Stano: In Between Silence, Where We Really Exist” at the International Literature Festival Dublin

    Experimental musician/visual artist Stano and poet Theo Dorgan who are collaborating on “In Between Silence, Where We Really Exist”, a series of sound installations by Stano featuring storytelling from Irish writers and artists screening in various venues as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin

    Film reviews

    Paul Whitington and Ruth Barton review “X Men: Apocalypse”, “A Hologram For The King” and “The Silent Storm”

    Wednesday 18th May

    Polska Éire Festival 2016

    Piotr Rakowski, director of the Polska Éire Festival with a preview of some of the music, film, theatre and sports events taking place over the course of the week-long festival

    Loves: 'Slaughterhouse Five' by Kurt Vonnegut

    Singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke explains why he Loves the book 'Slaughterhouse Five' by Kurt Vonnegut

    Review & preview - Dublin Dance Festival 2016

    Deirdre Mulrooney reviews “Planites” by Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi, the opening production for this year’s Dublin Dance Festival and previews some of the other events taking place over the two weeks

    Caitriona O'Reilly, poet

    Irish poet Caitriona O’Reilly chats about - and reads from - her latest collection “Geis” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Lenny Abrahamson slams government arts policy, production begins in Kilkenny on Angelina Jolie animated film 'The Breadwinner', Dan Brown best-seller to be re-worked for a younger audience

    Tuesday 17th May

    String Theory guitar festival

    Shane Latimer (organiser) and Sean Carpio (musician) chat about the inaugural String Theory guitar festival this weekend, a celebration of contemporary electric guitar through improvised music

    Review: 'In Gratitude' by Jenny Diski

    Sarah Binchy reviews “In Gratitude”, a collection of her last essays by the recently-deceased author Jenny Diski (published by Bloomsbury)

    Rafeef Ziadah, poet

    Palestinian performance poet Rafeef Ziadah talks about her family roots as refugees and addressing politically contentious Israel-Palestine issues in her work

    Review: 'The Birthday Party' by Harold Pinter

    Sophie Gorman reviews the London Classic Theatre production of  “The Birthday Party” by Harold Pinter currently running at the Everyman Theatre Cork

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - a 3-week festival of Irish arts and culture commemorating the 1916 Rising will take place in Washington DC, Belfast writer & illustrator PJ Lynch is the new Laureate na nÓg, American country singer Guy Clark dies

    Monday 16th May

    Review: “Merlin James: To The Present”

    Declan Long reviews the art exhibition “Merlin James: To The Present” at the Kerlin Gallery

    'On Bowie' by Simon Critchley

    Simon Critchley explains why the music of David Bowie has had such an impact on his life in his book “On Bowie” (published by Serpents Tail)

    “A Country Road, A Tree” by Jo Baker

    Jo Baker talks about her novel “A Country Road, A Tree”, a fictional story about an unknown writer called Samuel Beckett who leaves neutral Ireland to join the Resistance in France in 1939 (published by Doubleday)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Cork Film Festival granted a loan to ward off financial troubles, Oscar 2017 buzz already building for Ruth Negga for her performance in 'Loving', Tom Hanks thanks the Irish man who gave him his first acting break

    Friday 13th May

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Laurence Mackin review “ A Moon Shaped Pool” by Radiohead, “The Wild Swans” by Foy Vance and “Mirage” by Digitalism

    Tarkovsky season at the Irish Film Institute

    Kevin Coyne of the Irish Film Institute previews their season celebrating the films of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky

    International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: 'Our Lady Of The Nile' by Scholastique Mukasonga

    Kay Sheehy with the fourth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Our Lady Of The Nile” by Scholastique Mukasonga, set in an elite Catholic school for girls on the banks of the river Nile 15 years before the genocide in Rwanda in 1994

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - a biopic of Dionne Warwick announced at Cannes with surprising casting as Cilla Black, an 'unflinching' documentary on Paris Hilton goes into production, conductor John Wilson steps down as principal conductor of RTÉ Concert Orchestra

    Thursday 12th May

    'Solar Bones' by Mike McCormack

    Mike McCormack chats about his novel “Solar Bones”, set in contemporary Mayo about how one man copes with caring for a sick wife, being a father and the fallout from the recent economic crash (published by Tramp Press)

    Shortlist for the Turner Prize 2016

    Declan Long assesses the shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize

    Review: 'Othello' at the Abbey

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Othello” at the Abbey Theatre

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