Arena Wednesday 13 August 2014

on Friday's show....the 80th anniversary of the Daphne du Maurier novel "Rebecca", Adrian Dunbar directs "The Wasteland", in association with the TS Eliot Foundation and the latest albums from The Stunning, The Fratellis and The Decemberists

on bank holiday Monday's show....the weather has long been a topic of fascination for Irish people, particularly recently when the 'beast from the east' hit our shores, and on today's show we take a look at how extreme weather takes a central role in literature, music and film



Daily arts and popular culture show.

Death of Lauren Bacall

Death of Lauren Bacall

The death of legendary actress Lauren Bacall was announced today. Ruth Barton, lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, is in studio to discuss her film career.

Hawk - Live in Studio

Hawk - Live in Studio

London-based band "Hawk" are live in studio.

Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon reads "A Winter Wound" from his latest collection "Strong My Love"

Books - Latest Fiction

Books - Latest Fiction

Edel Coffey looks at the latest popular fiction just published or about to be published. Her list includes:

Roisin Meaney’s After the Wedding is published by Hachette books

If You Were Me by Sheila O’ Flanagan is published by Headline

The Blazing World from Siri Hustvedt has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize this year…and is published by Simon & Schuster

Ciara Geraghty’s Now That I’ve Found You is published by Hachette Books.

A debut novel from the English journalist Cáitlin Moran called How to Build a Girl, is published by Ebury Press.

A couple of books now that haven’t been published yet:

Each and Every One by Rachael English will be published by Orion Books on the 11th of September.

Finally then is the latest novel from one of the doyennes of Irish popular fiction Cathy Kelly, it’s called It Started with Paris and is available on 9th October from Orion Books 


A Fistful of Dollars - 50 Years On

A Fistful of Dollars - 50 Years On

50 Years ago a film was released in Italy which gave birth to a new genre of film-making.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Sergio Leone’s ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ was the first of the so-called Spaghetti Westerns. Brian Lloyd was in studio.



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