Arena Tuesday 4 December 2012

coming up on Friday's show....a special on "Fermata: Writings Inspired by Music", a new anthology which explores the connection between music and the written word...Fairytale of New York, Hofstetter's Serenade and Blueberry Hill - just some of the hits which have provided inspiration for poets and writers through the decades


Would you like to be in the audience for our special Christmas programme on Tuesday the 20th of December at 6.30pm? The Army No. 1 Band will be joined by soprano Mairead Buicke and members of the New Dublin Voices Choir for some lovely seasonal music.  To apply for tickets to this recording just email by Monday 19th December with your full name, address and number of tickets required to 



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New Planet Cabaret - Arena's Creative Writing Course

New Planet Cabaret - Arena's Creative Writing Course

New Planet Cabaret – On Tuesday 4th December Arena, together with New Island Press, launched the first ever on-air creative writing course. The course is aimed at anyone who would like to improve their writing skills or even write creatively for the first time.

The course will last six months. At the conclusion we will publish a collection which will include the best submissions from our listeners along with contributions from writers who regularly appear on the programme.

The collection will be called New Planet Cabaret. It will be published by New Island Press and edited by writer and lecturer Dave Lordan.

The first task which Dave has set participants is to write a piece called The Party.

Click here for details:

Send your script to on or before 4th January 2013.

For more tips and advice go to Dave’s website New Island website is

Kirsten Sheridan

Kirsten Sheridan

Kirsten Sheridan discusses her new film 'Dollhouse' which is released in Ireland on Friday December 7th.

Stephen Rea

Stephen Rea

Stephen Rea on the return of The Field Day Theatre Company after an absence of almost two decades. Further details on

Latest Music DVD's

Latest Music DVD's

Alan Corr discusses the latest music DVD's: 'Amy Winehouse at the BBC', The Rolling Stones documentary 'Charlie Is My Darling' and Blur's 'Parklive' with Sean Rocks.



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