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    coming up on Friday's show....Kay Sheehy's run-down of the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award continues with "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson, Marina Carr and Rachel West, judges for this year's PJ O'Connor Award for Radio Drama, the newly-appointed Ireland Professor of Poetry 2016 and the latest albums from Beth Orton, Robert Glasper reinterpreting Miles Davis and Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Arena Wednesday 28 August 2013



    Daily arts and popular culture show, presented by Evelyn O'Rourke.


    Blake Morrison

    The writer Blake Morrison published And When Did You Last See Your Father in 1993. That memoir turned Blake into a literary sensation and also helped to change the way we viewed the genre. From mere autobiography they were suddenly works of serious literary merit with added psychological insights, sharing the struggle of life and a process of understanding.

    On Sunday Author Blake Morrison will be talking at the Mountains to Sea book festival in Dun Laoghaire and he joins Evelyn O Rourke from London.

    Blake's own favourite memoirs include This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff; Seamus Dean’s Reading in The Dark from 1996; Lora Sage's memoir Bad Blood; The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott; Dave Eggar’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; and Seamus Heaney's Stepping Stones.


    Album previews

    Tony Clayton Lea has been browsing through the release schedules this winter for Arena. Katy Perry’s Prism is one of the most highly anticipated album releases, he also reviews Eminem's new album, Miley Cyrus and the Manic Street Preachers 


    Samantha Shannon

    Samantha Shannon has only just graduated from University yet she has just been given a seven book deal with Bloomsbury - the same publishers who gave JK Rowling her phenomenal deal. She joins Evelyn to discuss.

    The Bone Season is a dark futuristic fantasy novel for adults. It tells the story of a young woman, Paige Mahoney, outcast because of her clairvoyant gifts and living among a criminal underworld.


    Art in Conflict

    Since the Arab Spring, violence in the Middle East has seldom been far from the headlines.  But do the arts have a role to play in Conflict Zones?

    Ruth Daniel manages an Award winning research project at The University of Manchester. Called ‘In Place of War’ it represents and researches a creative community in sites of armed conflict.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:25
      Title: Roar
      Performer(s): Katy Perry
      Performer(s): Katy Perry
      Album: PRISM (Deluxe Version)
      Duration: 3:58

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