Arena Wednesday 26 March 2014

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




Daily arts and popular culture show.

LittleThing, Big Thing

LittleThing, Big Thing is a new play from the Fishamble: The New Play Company. The story follows Larry and Martha as they travel across Ireland. It's written by Donal O'Kelly.

Simone Felice

Simone Felice is a Catskills singer who helped launch the new wave of alt Americana in the band The Felice Brothers. He has now brought out his second solo album 'Strangers'.

Sonya Kelly Essay

Sonya Kelly is a playwright and comic and she's also a regular contributor here on Arena. Sonya has rather a unique method of eating apples....

Joao Almino

Joao Almino is a Brazilian author whose novel,The Book Of Emotions, has been longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. One of a collection of novels called The Brazilia Quintet, The Book of Emotions'focuses on the story of a man called Cadu who is also the narrator. The Book Of Emotions by Joao Almino is published by Dalkey Archive.

Irish Mammies

This weekend is Mother's Day, and to mark the annual holiday, our reporter Abie Philbin Bowman has been looking into the unlikely resurgence of the Irish Mammy in comedy... and she divides the critics, but there is no getting away from one Agnes Brown.

Music Played on the Show

Wandering Star

Wandering Star





Simone Felice


Running Through My Head

Running Through My Head

Simone Felice




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