Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Friday 29th April

    Album reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Simon Maher review “Lemonade” from Beyoncé, “The Ship” from Brian Eno and “Everything At Once” from Travis

    'Not Working' by Lisa Owens

    Lisa Owens reads an extract from her latest novel “Not Working” (published by Picador)

    'The Souvenir Shop', a 1916 art project by Rita Duffy

    Abie Philbin Bowman met artist Rita Duffy who explains her project The Souvenir Shop, a recreation of a shop owned by Tom Clarke – one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation – and examining how ordinary items can be turned into commodities or ‘souvenirs’ because of their association with a significant period in history

    'Art In The Blood' by Bonnie MacBird

    Bonnie MacBird talks about “Art In The Blood”, her latest novel in which a young Sherlock Holmes comes out of hiding in disgrace to solve the mysterious disappearance in Paris of the son of a famous singer Cherie (published by Collins Crime Club)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - ELO re-schedule tonight's Dublin concert due to illness, Sky poll adult and children to find their favourite children television shows of all time, Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander to be the new Lara Croft

    Thursday 28th April

    'For The Unkept House' by Vona Groarke

    Vona Groarke reads her poem “For The Unkept House” from her latest collection “Selected Poems”

    Winners of the Hennessy Literary Awards 2016

    Announcing the winners of this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards

    'Spring Shine' by Colm Keegan

    Colm Keegan reads his poem “Spring Shine”

    Film reviews

    Brogen Hayes and Hilary White review “Captain America: Civil War”, “Demolition”, “Son of Saul” and “Atlantic”

    Maeve Brennan in New York, a lecture by Anne Enright

    Anne Enright who will deliver her first lecture tonight at New York University as part of her term as Laureate for Irish Fiction. The title of her lecture is “An Irishwoman Abroad: Maeve Brennan and the Streets of New York”

    Wednesday 27th April

    Review: “1971: Never A Dull Moment” by David Hepworth

    Róisín Dwyer reviews “1971: Never A Dull Moment” by David Hepworth, a love letter to the year that saw a lot of changes in the world of music and culture (published by Bantam Press)

    Round-up of the latest crime fiction

    Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction – “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, 'The Other Mrs Walker” by Mary Paulson-Ellis, “The Wing-Orderly’s Tales” by Carlo Gébler, “Dead Secret” by Ava McCarthy, “Blood Will Out” by Walter Kirn

    'Through The Night' by Siobhan Mannion

    Siobhan Mannion reads an extract from her story “Through The Night” as featured in the latest Irish writing edition of Granta Magazine

    A profile of Hank Williams

    Sandy Harsch with a profile of American country singer Hank Williams, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century

    Mark O'Rowe directs 'Metamorphoses' at Drogheda Arts Festival

    Mark O’Rowe who is directing a rehearsed reading of 5 tales from one of the world's oldest and longest poems “Metamorphoses” by Ovid at this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - according to family sources Prince died intestate and left no will, significant boost to tax breaks for Irish film industry, Led Zeppelin may be able to settle Stairway To Heaven lawsuit for $1

    Tuesday 26th April

    Granta Magazine showcases new Irish writing

    Marking the latest edition of Granta Magazine which is dedicated to showcasing new Irish writing, poetry and photography, in the company of acting deputy editor of Granta Magazine Luke Brown, authors Sally Rooney, Colin Barrett, Sara Baume, John Connell and poet Stephen Sexton

    Monday 25th April

    'Big' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to Michael Rose, producer of the stage a daptation of the Tom Hanks film “Big” which is coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    A history of Captain America

    Chris Wasser with a history of the character of Captain America, from his first appearance 75 years ago in Marvel comics to his latest depiction on film

    “Left Behind – Songs of the 1916 Widows”

    “Left Behind–Songs of the 1916 Widows” by composer Simon O’Connor and singer Michelle O’Rourke (inspired by the book “Easter Widows” by historian Sinead McCoole about the women in the lives of the 1916 leaders who were executed after the Rising)

    International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist: 'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck

    Kay Sheehy's first review of International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist – “The End of Days” by Jenny Erpenbeck, a woman lives five times and each time she dies we wonder what might her life have been like (published by Granta Books)

    The Tulla Céilí Band celebrating 70 years

    Jim Corry, Mark Donlan, Charlie Harris and Brian Donlan of the Tulla Céilí Band perform live and chat about the band's history; the band is celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year

    Friday 22nd April

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Alan Corr review “Pothole In The Sky” by Lisa O’Neill, “Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets” by Rufus Wainwright and “Altamira” film soundtrack by Mark Knopfler and Evelyn Glennie

    Profile of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

    Photographer Jackie Nickerson profiles the controversial American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe ahead of the release of a new documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - tributes continue for Prince who died yesterday, Johnny Marr to release his autobiography in the autumn, Romania removed from the Eurovision competition over a national debt

    Thursday 21st April

    Film reviews

    Sorcha Kenny and Gavin Burke review “Bastille Day”, “Louder Than Bombs” and “Miles Ahead”

    Prince, RIP

    Reaction from fans and music industry professionals to the announcement of death of the musician Prince

    Wednesday 20th April

    Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2016

    Live from the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, with novelists Tobias Wolff and Miriam Toews, poet Susan Millar DuMars, new Irish writer Sarah Maria Griffin and music from Aindrias de Staic (for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

    Tuesday 19th April

    A profile of Miles Davis

    Music journalist Billy Ó hAnluain with a profile of jazz legend Miles Davis, ahead of release of the Don Cheadle film “Miles Ahead”

    'Maize, for Tommy' by Vona Groarke

    Vona Groarke reads her poem ‘Maize, for Tommy’ from her latest collection “Selected Poems” (published by Gallery Press)

    'Testimonies' by Paul Kennedy and Mary Moynihan

    Mary Moynihan of Smashing Times Theatre talks about “Testimonies”, which she co-wrote with Paul Kennedy; it features monologues adapted from experiences of those who have lost loved ones to suicide and those who have been through a mental health crisis

    Review: “The Passion According To Carol Rama” at IMMA

    Cristín Leach reviews “The Passion According To Carol Rama”, a major retrospective of the work of the Italian artist which is currently running at IMMA

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Villagers and Snow Patrol nominated for Ivor Novello Awards,  AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson issues statement about having to leave the band because of hearing loss, Pierce Brosnan leads tributes to actress Doris Roberts his former Remington Steele co-star

    Monday 18th April

    'Score' by Breach & Quinn

    Breach & Quinn theatre company actors and writers Alan Howley and Jack Cawley talk about their play “Score”, about a fictional band who make a short film called The Score which becomes a cult hit 25 years on

    Essay: Lisa McInerney, author of 'The Glorious Heresies'

    Lisa McInerney reads her essay about how her debut novel “The Glorious Heresies” (which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016) was automatically assigned a female gender

    EVA International 2016

    Declan Long spoke to Cameroonian artist Koyo Kouoh, curator of this year’s contemporary art exhibition EVA International who explains the theme “Still The Barbarians” - the parallels between post-colonialism Ireland and other countries

    'Northern Star' by Stewart Parker, produced by Rough Magic Theatre

    Lynn Parker, director of Rough Magic theatre company talks about their latest production – “Northern Star” by Stewart Parker, set in Belfast in the 18th Century it’s the story of the last days in the life of the political rebel Henry Joy McCracken

    Friday 15th April

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Laurence Mackin review “The Hope Six Demolition Project” by PJ Harvey, “Person A” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and “This Path Tonight” by Graham Nash

    Vona Groarke, poet

    Vona Groarke explains how she went about selecting the works to be featured in her collection “Selected Poems” which has just been published by Gallery Press

    Terence Davies, film director

    Film director Terence Davies talks about his style of film-making, his latest film “A Quiet Passion” about the life of American poet Emily Dickenson, he is receiving an Outstanding Contribution to Film Award at next week’s Belfast Film Festival

    Thursday 14th April

    Review: “Gordon Osram’s Funeral” by Accidental Theatre

    Sophie Gorman reviews Accidental Theatre’s current production “Gordon Osram’s Funeral”, about two performance artists who are thrown into a cell after disrupting a rival’s final performance

    'Twisted River' by Siobhan MacDonald

    Siobhan MacDonald reads an extract from her forthcoming debut novel “Twisted River” (published by Canelo Books)

    'A Night By The Ocean' by Simon Quigley

    Musician/composer Simon Quigley explains his debut solo project at the National Concert Hall next week, a concert called “A Night by the Ocean” where the ocean is the theme that links all the songs (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download)

    Marking Brendan Kennelly's 80th birthday

    Professor Nicholas Grene (a friend and Trinity College colleague of Brendan Kennelly) reads “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly on the week of his 80th birthday

    Film reviews

    Clara Rose Thornton and Chris Wasser review “Eye In The Sky”, “The Brand New Testament” and “Despite The Falling Snow”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - texting at cinema could get the go-ahead, Éigse Michael Hartnett 4-day festival begins tonight, open casting tomorrow in search of Irish extras for new US television show set in prehistoric times

    Wednesday 13th April

    'Ultima Thule' by Catherine Young Dance

    Catherine Young explains “Ultima Thule”, the latest production by Catherine Young Dance which is inspired by the writings of Carl Jung

    'Flammeous' by Kevin Nolan

    Poet/musician Kevin Nolan reads “Flammeous” from the collection 'Schizo Poetry: Fragments of Mind', a joint work he created with visual artist Susanne Wawra

    Winner of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016

    Billy Collins, judge of this year’s Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in association with The Moth magazine; this year’s winner is Abigail Parry for her poem 'Arterial'

    Artists In Their Spaces - Mick O'Shea

    For her occasional series 'Artists In Their Spaces', Leeanne O’Donnell chats to artist Mick O’Shea about how the space in which he works affects his creativity

    'Signatories', a collaborative project honouring the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation

    Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr (both formerly of UCD) are two of the 8 Irish writers who have collaborated on a series of monologues in honour of the men who signed the 1916 Proclamation -“Signatories” will be performed at Kilmainham Gaol before touring

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Top Gear will be filming in Dingle this weekend, IMMA launches major new fund to support contemporary art, Bono has a novel suggestion for defeating Isis

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