Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Thursday 23rd October

    Rachel Joyce, author

    Rachel Joyce talks about her novel “The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy” (published by Doubleday)

    Essay: the Hollywood vigilante

    Kevin Gildea with an essay about a new breed of Hollywood action hero – the ageing vigilante

    Christian Lindberg, trombonist

    Christian Lindberg, composer/trombonist chats about his career ahead of his performance at the NCH with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

    Film reviews

    Eithne Shortall and Joe Griffin review “Fury”, “Love Rosie” and “Serena”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - One Direction earned €117 a minute in 2013, 'photobomb' is 2014's Word of the Year, 1970’s pop star Alvin Stardust dies

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Planet Parade

    Chat with Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd from the Kildare band Planet Parade

    'Ghostbusters' anniversary

    Harvey O’Brien marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Ghostbusters film

    Marlon James, author

    Marlon James, author of “A Brief History Of Seven Killings”, inspired by the real-life attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1976 (published by One World)

    New book from tv series 'QI'

    Producer John Lloyd and head of QI research John Mitchenson talk about their latest book “1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways” (published by Faber & Faber)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Minister Heather Humphreys announces official re-naming of Wexford Opera House, Irish film 'Patrick's Day' by Terry McMahon has won 3 awards in the US, Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is the most expensive film production ever

    Tuesday 21st October

    Todd Barry, comedian

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to American comedian Todd Barry ahead of his forthcoming shows in Dublin and Galway

    Book review: 'The History of Rock & Roll In 10 Songs' by Greil Marcus

    Jim Carroll reviews “The History of Rock & Roll In 10 Songs” by Greil Marcus (published by Yale University Press)

    Anniversary of Wexford Arts Centre

    Billy Roche talks about being one of four Wexford writers asked to write a short play for WexFour, a celebration of 40 years of the Wexford Arts Centre

    Deborah Levy, author

    author Deborah Levy talks about her 1990 novel “An Amorous Discourse In The Suburbs Of Hell” which has just been revised and re-issued (published by And Other Stories)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' hits lowest UK album chart placing in decades, Kilkenny animator hired by television comedy series South Park, saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft dies

    Monday 20th October

    Bram Stoker Film Festival 2014

    Maeve McGrath, curator of the Bram Stoker Film Festival explains the events that will be happening at this weekend’s Bram Stoker Festival

    Letterfrack Poetry Trail

    Evelyn O’Rourke chats to Leo Hallissey, Louis de Paor and Paula Meehan about their contributions to the newly-created Letterfrack Poetry Trail

    The Revelator Orchestra

    Peter Murphy and singer Paula Cox talk about “The Brotherhood of the Flood”, the second album from The Revelator Orchestra

    Theo Dorgan, poet

    Theo Dorgan chats about his latest collection of poetry “Nine Bright Shiners” (published by Dedalus Press)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - shortlist announced for the newly-created post of Laureate for Irish Fiction, the British television actress Lynda Bellingham dies

    Friday 17th October

    Album reviews

    Edel Coffey and Brian Lloyd review “Night Becomes Light” by Delorentos, “Melody Road” by Neil Diamond and “I Forget Where We Were” by Ben Howard

    Nest Festival, Kilkenny

    Evelyn O’Rourke talks to the organisers of the Nest Festival in Kilkenny, a new festival which takes ‘women in performance’ as its theme

    Book review: 'Vampira: Dark Goddess Of Horror'

    John Byrne reviews “Vampira: Dark Goddess Of Horror” by W Scott Poole, a biography of the B-movie actress Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira (published by Soft Skull Press)

    Richard Flanagan, award-winning author

    Richard Flanagan, winner of this year's Man Booker prize for his novel “The Narrow Road To The Deep North” (published by Chatto & Windus)

    Thursday 16th October

    Profile of Bjork

    Donal Dineen reviews the Bjork concert film “Bjork: Biophilia Live”

    'Prototype' at the Project

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on the ‘Prototype’ festival at the Project Arts Centre, which has been turned into a playground for adults

    Emmet Scanlan, singer/songwriter

    Emmet Scanlan chats about the new album from his band ‘What The Good Thought’

    Film reviews

    Chris Wasser and Sarah Griffin review “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “The Judge” and “Northern Soul”

    Tuesday 14th October

    Chris Brosnahan, author

    Chris Brosnahan explains why his first full-length crime novel “Deadlines” is being published in episodes/staves exclusively online (published by The Pigeonhole)

    Peter Fallon, poet

    Peter Fallon reads his poem “After A Storm” from his latest collection “Strong, My Love” (published by Gallery Press)

    Book review: 'Lit Up Inside'

    Dave Lordan reviews “Lit Up Inside”, a book of Van Morrison song lyrics and assesses whether it works as poetry (published by Faber & Faber)

    Essay: the origins of music

    Kevin Gildea with an essay about the origins of music

    Booker shortlist: 'The Lives Of Others' by Neel Mukherjee

    Sinead Gleeson with review number 6, her final review of novels on the Man Booker shortlist - “The Lives Of Others” by Neel Mukherjee (published by Chatto & Windus), the winner of the Man Booker prize 2014 will be announced later tonight

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - funding increases for various arts sectors in Budget 2014, the Irish stage & screen actress Gabrielle Reidy dies, Phil Chevron's guitars presented to Mountjoy Jail inmates studying music

    Monday 13th October

    Richard Ayoade's memoir

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to comic actor Richard Ayoade about his tongue-in-cheek memoir “Ayoade On Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey” (published by Faber & Faber)

    Rock stars and film soundtracks

    Joe Griffin charts some of the most memorable film soundtracks written by rock stars

    Alex Tsilogiannis at Wexford Festival Opera

    Evelyn O’Rourke talked to Greek tenor Alex Tsilogiannis about performing at this year’s Wexford Festival Opera

    David Nicholls, author

    David Nicholls talks about his latest novel “Us”, the story of a man shaken to the core when his wife tells him their marriage is over (published by Hodder & Stoughton)

    Friday 10th October

    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Róisín Dwyer review “Sweet Talker” by Jessie J, “Chapter One” by Ella Henderson and “No One Is Lost” by Stars

    Anniversary of 'Mr Smith Goes To Washington'

    Lorcan Clancy on the 75th anniversary of the Frank Capra film “Mr Smith Goes To Washington”

    Theatre review: 'Spring Awakening'

    Harvey O’Brien reviews “Spring Awakening” by Dublin Youth Theatre, running in the Dublin Theatre Festival

    The film '71'

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to director Yann Demange and screenwriter Gregory Burke about their film “71”, set in Belfast at the height of the Troubles

    Thursday 9th October

    Marianne Faithfull

    Tony Clayton Lea charts the career of singer Marianne Faithfull as her new album “Give My Love To London” is released

    CIA and 'Animal Farm'

    John Byrne on the links between the CIA and the 1954 film version of “Animal Farm” directed by Joy Batchelor and John Halas now being released on blu-ray

    Cecilia Ahern, author

    Abie Philbin Bowman talked to Cecilia Ahern about her life as a writer. Her latest novel is “The Year I Met You” (published by Harper Collins) and the upcoming film “Love Rosie” is based on her previous novel “Where Rainbows End”

    Film reviews

    Stephen Boyd and Sorcha Kenny review 71', “The Maze Runner” and “Annabelle”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the French writer Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

    Wednesday 8th October

    Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

    Chat and music from acclaimed fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

    Essay: protecting the written word

    Sara Baume with an essay about the ways in which writers protect their manuscripts

    Theatre review: 'Perhaps All The Dragons'

    Sophie Gorman reviews the play “Perhaps All The Dragons” by Berlin theatre group, running in the Dublin Theatre Festival

    Booker shortlist: 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler

    Sinead Gleeson with review 5 of novels on the Booker shortlist – 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler (published by Serpent's Tail)

    Cathy Kelly, author

    Cathy Kelly talks about her latest novel “It Started With Paris” (published by Orion)

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