Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Friday 17th April

    Album reviews

    Alan Corr and Edel Coffey review “Sound and Colour” by Alabama Shakes, “Glitterbug” by The Wombats and “Kindred” by Passion Pit

    Other Voices 2015

    Dylan Haskins reviews the first episode in the new series of Other Voices

    'Twin Peaks', past...and future?

    Tony Tracy looks back 25 years at what made the tv series “Twin Peaks” such a phenomenon and wonders if the new updated version will happen

    Bjork at MoMA, New York

    Jim Carroll reviews the exhibition “Bjork” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a retrospective of the past 20 years of the singer’s career

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - line-up for Hay Festival Kells announced, Liam Neeson will co-produce film about IRA sniper, tomorrow is Record Store Day 2015

    Thursday 16th April

    Review: 'Hedda Gabler' at the Abbey

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Hedda Gabler” at the Abbey Theatre

    Film reviews

    Gavin Burke and Vicki Notaro review “Glassland”, “Child 44” and “The Decent One”

    Winner of RDS Music Bursary 2015

    Violinist Patrick Rafter, winner of the RDS Music Bursary award for 2015

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - trailer for the new Star Wars film to be unveiled tonight in California, the Time magazine Most Influential artists list published today, a new book from Alan Patridge to come next year

    Wednesday 15th April

    Review: 'Dancing In The Dark: My Struggle, Book 4' by Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Kay Sheehy reviews “Dancing In The Dark: My Struggle, Book 4”, the latest in his series of autobiographies by Karl Ove Knausgaard (published by Harvill Secker)

    Essay: 'The Inheritors' by William Golding

    David Turpin with an essay marking the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of William Golding’s book 'The Inheritors'

    'Famished Castle' by Hilary Fannin

    Hilary Fannin, writer and Lynne Parker, director explain their latest co-production “Famished Castle” by Rough Magic Theatre

    IMPAC shortlist 2015

    Sinead Gleeson with a guide to the 10 books shortlisted for this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Irish writer on shortlist for IMPAC Award, Abbey Theatre board of directors begin their search for a new Director, SIPTU staff members support NCAD students who express 'no confidence' in college management

    Tuesday 14th April

    12 Points jazz festival 2015

    Kenneth Killeen, director of the 12 Points jazz festival previews what is on the programme for this year’s festival in Dublin

    'Photography Visionaries' by Mary Warner Marien

    Mary Warner Marien, author of “Photography Visionaries”, a chronicle of 75 photographers who have helped to define the medium (published by Laurence King Publishing)

    The Gregory Walkers and music in Shakespeare

    Laoise O’Brien and Eamon Sweeney of The Gregory Walkers explain their show ‘The Isle Is Full Of Noises – Shakespeare’s Music’ which is part of this year’s MusicTown festival

    Book review: 'Preparation For The Next Life' by Atticus Lish

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “Preparation For The Next Life”, the debut novel by Atticus Lish, the story an illegal Chinese immigrant in America who strikes up a relationship with a veteran of the war in Iraq (published by One World)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Edna O'Brien publishes her first novel in 10 years, Donal Ryan is the Irish winner of the European Prize for Literature, soul legend Percy Sledge died today

    Monday 13th April

    Review of 'Or' by Kathy Prendergast

    Cristin Leech Hughes reviews ‘Or’, a new exhibition by the artist Kathy Prendergast at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

    Book review: “Sentenced To Life: Poems 2011-2014” by Clive James

    Kathy D’Arcy reviews “Sentenced To Life: Poems 2011-2014” by Clive James in which he discusses his feelings about mortality, impending death and regret (published by Picador)

    'Bowie's Piano Man: The Life of Mike Garson' by Clifford Slapper

    Clifford Slapper, author of “Bowie’s Piano Man: The Life of Mike Garson” (published by Fantom)

    'Villa America' by Liza Klaussmann

    Liza Klaussmann, author of “Villa America”, a fictional re-imagining of the lives of the Murphy's, a golden couple on the French Riviera who inspired F Scott Fitzgerald's 'Tender Is The Night' (published by Picador)

    Gunter Grass RIP

    Moray McGowan of the Department of Germanic Studies at TCD on the legacy of German novelist Gunter Grass who died today

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Nobel prize-winning German novelist Gunter Grass dies, opening film at this year's Cannes Film Festival announced, Stephen Hawking sings a cover of Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

    Friday 10th April

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Cathal Murray review “Darling Arithmetic” by Villagers, “Edge Of The Sun” by Calexico and “White Men Are Black Too” by Young Fathers

    New series of Other Voices

    Dylan Haskins previews the new RTE2 television season of Other Voices

    Daredevil on Netflix

    Dave Hendrick reports on latest Marvel character to hit television screens - Daredevil, exclusively on Netflix

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the week-long MusicTown festival starts in Dublin today, verification that the play Double Falsehood is by Shakespeare, Spike Lee and Kanye West to make a film together

    Thursday 9th April

    Alan Rickman, director of 'A Little Chaos'

    Alan Corr interviewed actor Alan Rickman about directing his latest film “A Little Chaos”

    Film reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Mark Quinn review “John Wick”, “Good Kill” and “Force Majeure”

    'The Lives of Women' by Christine Dwyer Hickey

    Christine Dwyer Hickey talks about her latest book “The Lives Of Women” in which a woman returning home to care for her invalid father remembers what life was like for women in her suburban community in the 1970’s (published by Atlantic Books)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - writer Joseph O'Connor delivers inaugural address as Professor Creative Writing at University of Limerick, artist Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at this year's Venice Biennale, Kurt Cobain's daughter says she doesn't like Nirvana

    Wednesday 8th April

    TV series 'Game of Thrones'

    Abie Philbin Bowman with a step-by-step guide to the television series “Game of Thrones” and examines what makes it such a huge success

    Kurt Cobain documentary

    John Meagher reviews the Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck”

    Book review: 'Weightless' by Sarah Bannan

    Tom Donnelly reviews “Weightless” by Sarah Bannan, following a year in the life of a young girl in a high school in Alabama (published by Bloomsbury)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Irish actors and presenters amongst this year's BAFTA nominees, new tv series Poldark commissioned for a second series, the original Twin Peaks cast want David Lynch to return for the new series

    Tuesday 7th April

    'Jockey' by WillFred Theatre

    Artistic director of WillFredd Theatre Sophie Motley and dancer Emma O’Kane explain the concept behind their new production “Jockey”, a combination of dance, theatre and the world of horse racing

    Kristian Levring, film director

    Danish film director Kristian Levring talks about his latest film “The Salvation”, a Western set in America of the 1870’s

    'The Glorious Heresies' by Lisa McInerney

    Lisa McInerney talks about her debut novel “The Glorious Heresies”, intertwining stories set in Cork after the financial crash (published by John Murray Press)

    Book review: 'Alfred Hitchcock' by Peter Ackroyd

    Harvey O’Brien reviews “Alfred Hitchcock” by Peter Ackroyd, a new biography of film director Alfred Hitchcock (published by Chatto & Windus)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - winner of Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction announced, Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel to be published, original manuscript for Don McLean's 'American Pie' sells for $1.2m at auction

    Monday 6th April

    Salman Rushdie public interview

    A public interview with author Salman Rushdie which took place during last year's Dalkey Book Festival. Over the course of a fascinating interview the conversation ranged from the influence of parents on their children's life choices to what it was like living under a fatwa.

    Friday 3rd April

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Chris Wasser review “Look Out Machines” by Duke Special, “No Pier Pressure” by Brian Wilson and “Bashed Out” by This Is The Kit

    'Tutus and Beyond' by Ballet Ireland

    Evelyn O’Rourke was at final rehearsals for the show “Tutus and Beyond” by Ballet Ireland, showcasing the range of dance being produced today from classical ballet to contemporary dance

    Book review: 'Search Party' by George the Poet

    Colm Keegan reviews “Search Party”, the first published collection by performance artist George the Poet (published by Ebury)

    Mad Men comes to an end

    Mary McGill looks back at the success of the tv series Mad Men as it begins its final season

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Bryan Cranston to star in film about drugs kingpin Pablo Escobar, House of Cards will return for a fourth season, the final-ever album from Frank Zappa to be released later this year

    Thursday 2nd April

    1966 television drama 'Insurrection'

    Lorcan Clancy spoke to some of the actors who appeared in the groundbreaking television drama “Insurrection” made by RTÉ in 1966 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising

    'The Man In Two Pieces' by Fast Intent Theatre

    Actor Stephen Brennan and writer Gerard Adlum talk about their latest production, a two-man show “The Man In Two Pieces” by Fast Intent Theatre

    'The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005 - 2015'

    Dermot Bolger, co-editor and Niamh Boyce, writer and contributor to the “The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-2015”, a collection of 25 stories from the past decade which have made the shortlist for the Hennessy Literary Awards (published by New Island Books)

    Film reviews

    Joe Griffin and Clara Rose Thornton review “The Water Diviner”, “While We’re Young” and “Altman”

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