Arena Tuesday 4 December 2012

coming up on Friday's show...a tribute to Dermot Healy at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, an artist looking for a rural retreat finds more than she bargained for in "The Dead House", the first novel by Billy O'Callaghan and the latest albums from Gorillaz, The Cranberries and Thurston Moore

coming up on Bank Holiday Monday....Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall chat about taking on the roles of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in "The Journey", how British-German artist Tino Seghal inspires novelist Rob Doyle, review of "Things We Lost In The Fire", short stories by Mariana Enriquez and American folk singer Rhiannon Giddens in session




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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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