Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm

    on Friday's show....a new case brings a depressed and disgraced Sherlock Holmes out of hiding in "Art In The Blood" by Bonnie MacBird, artist Rita Duffy recreates a shop owned by Proclamation signatoryTom Clarke in an examination of how ordinary objects can become ‘souvenirs’ after a significant event like 1916, plus reviews of the latest albums from Beyoncé, Brian Eno and Travis

    on Bank Holiday Monday.....a special to mark International Labour Day, celebrating the art, music, theatre and books created on the theme of work and labour in the company of arts journalist Sinead Gleeson, poet Dave Lordan, singer Barry Gleeson and author Lisa McInerney

    Arena Wednesday 9 April 2014


    Arts News

    Alan Corr - two more Irish writers Donal Ryan and David Parker made the shortlist for the IMPAC Award, two more seasons confirmed for Game of Thrones, newly de-classified documents reveal CIA used the Boris Pasternak novel 'Dr Zhivago' to spread unrest amongst the population of the Soviet Union during the Cold War


    IMPAC shortlist

    Kay Sheehy on today's announcement of the 10 books that made the shortlist for this year's International IMPAC Literary Award - 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, 'The Light of Amsterdam' by David Park, 'A Death In The Family' by Karl Ove Knausgaard, 'The Detour' by Gerbrand Bakker, 'The Garden of Evening Mists' by Tan Twan Eng, 'Questions of Travel' by Michelle de Kretser,  'The Sound of Things Falling' by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, 'Traveller of the Century' by Andres Newman, 'Three Strong Women' by Marie NDiaye and 'Absolution' by Patrick Flanery

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    Television preview

    Abie Philbin Bowman previews the new (and final) series of 'Mad Men', a series which has been hailed by critics and viewers as one of television's modern classics


    Crime fiction

    Declan Burke with a review of the latest in crime writing -

    "The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black, published by Mantle

    "The Kept Girl" by Kim Cooper, published by Esotouric Ink

    "In The Rosary Garden" by Nicola White, published by Cargo Publishing

    "The Day Of The Dead" by Maurizio de Giovanni, published by Europa Editions

    "Irene" by Pierre Lamaitre, published by MacLehose

    "The Madness of July" by James Naughtie, published by Head of Zeus

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:16
      Title: Methuselah
      Composer: Ludwig-Leone, Ellis
      Performer(s): San Fermin
      Performer(s): San Fermin
      Album: San Fermin, Downtown Records, DWT70365
      Duration: 5:08
    • Title: Gabham Molta Bríde
      Composer: Trad Arr Na Casadaigh
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Duration: 1:23
    • Title: 2nd Movement Sonata In A Major
      Composer: Franck, Cesar
      Performer(s): Rachel Kolly D'Alba
      Performer(s): Rachel Kolly D'Alba
      Duration: 2:57

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