Arena Wednesday 9 April 2014

coming up on Friday's show....a special on "Fermata: Writings Inspired by Music", a new anthology which explores the connection between music and the written word...Fairytale of New York, Hofstetter's Serenade and Blueberry Hill - just some of the hits which have provided inspiration for poets and writers through the decades

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Would you like to be in the audience for our special Christmas programme on Tuesday the 20th of December at 6.30pm? The Army No. 1 Band will be joined by soprano Mairead Buicke and members of the New Dublin Voices Choir for some lovely seasonal music.  To apply for tickets to this recording just email by Monday 19th December with your full name, address and number of tickets required to arena@rte.ie 

Arena

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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

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IMPAC shortlist

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

More information at www.impacdublinaward.ie

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Television preview

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

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Crime fiction

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

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Music Played on the Show

Methuselah

Methuselah

San Fermin

5:08

Gabham Molta Bríde

Gabham Molta Bríde

The Voice Squad

1:23

2nd Movement Sonata In A Major

2nd Movement Sonata In A Major

Rachel Kolly D'Alba

2:57

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