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 Monday 18 August 2014



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


    Book: J by Howard Jacobson

    Howard Jacobson is a Man Booker prize-winning British author and journalist. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters.

    His books include The Mighty Walzer (1999), winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; Kalooki Nights (2006), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and The Finkler Question (2010), winner of the Man Booker Prize.

    His most recent, J, is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.


    Aisling Bea

    Since winning ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, two years ago at the Edinburgh Fringe, Irish actress Aisling Bea has become a big hit on the comedy circuit.

    She’s performing at the Comedy Tent at this year’s Electric Picnic at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday. Full details on all the acts at

    Earlier she spoke to Abie Philbin Bowman......


    Book Review: The Paying Guests

    The Paying Guests is the 6th novel from the British author Sarah Waters. Set in London in the 1920s it focuses on the change in society and women’s independence after the Great War. Edel Coffey has been reading it for us.


    Claude Debussy

    Bernard Clarke of Lyric FM celebrates the works of Debussy, one of the great composers of the 20th century, in the week of his birthday in 1862

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Gimme Something Good
      Composer: Adams, Ryan
      Performer(s): Ryan Adams
      Performer(s): Ryan Adams
      Album: Ryan Adams, Sony Music, Not Available
      Duration: 4:09
    • 19:43
      Title: Clair De Lune
      Performer(s): Jean Ives Thibaudet
      Performer(s): Jean Ives Thibaudet
      Duration: 5:07

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