on Friday's show.....Alice McDermott chats about the turn-of-the-century Irish Brooklyn she portrays in her latest novel "The Ninth Hour", Carl Austin looks at why "The Wire" was such a ground-breaking tv series and reviews of the latest albums from Jack White, George Ezra and Lissie
Catherine Dunne on the Italian Activist and Writer Dacia Maraini who will take part in an event on Sunday May 26th at Dublin's Botanic Gardens. The event is organised by the Irish Writer's Centre - www.writerscentre.ie for full details.
Maine trio Tumbling Bones perform 'Darlin' Nelly' and 'How they're Rolling' live in studio with interview by Seán Rocks. The band are currently touring Ireland - www.tumblingbones.com/tour for details.
James Costello and Git Buck are poets and hip hop artists from Dublin's northside. Earlier this year they were the subject of a documentary called Broken Song. They've now released a rap album called Mary Jane. Arena asked them to come into studio - along with blues singer William Lee - known as Willa - to perform 'Illosophical'.
Tony Clayton-Lea on the books 'Text & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll - the Beats and Rock Culture' by Simon Warner (Publishers Bloomsbury) and 'Harry Styles - Every Piece of Me' by Louisa Jepson (Publishers Simon & Schuster).