Special features

Friday 27th November

Roddy Doyle - Dublin Book Festival

An Arena special from the opening of the Dublin Book Festival. Roddy Doyle discusses his new novel 'Love' with Seán Rocks. Recorded at the Museum of Literature Ireland. Watch: RTÉ ...

Dublin Book Festival 2020 - Part Two

An Arena special from the opening of the Dublin Book Festival. Author and playwright Kevin Barry, discusses his new collection 'That Old Country Music' and author Christine Dwyer Hickey, on ...

Tuesday 24th November

The Dublin Review

Arena celebrates 20 years of the Dublin Review. Seán Rocks is joined by editor Brendan Barrington, writers Anne Enright, ColmTóibín, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Sarah Gilmartin. The literary journal offers ...

Monday 28th September

RTÉ Short Story Competition

An Arena special with Seán Rocks on the RTÉ Short Story Competition announcing the 2020 winner. Seán's guests are judges, Vincent Woods, Madeline Keane and writers Danielle McLaughlin, Nuala O'Connor ...

Wednesday 16th September

To be a Machine

Mark O'Connell's 2017 Rooney Prize winning work of non-fiction, To Be A Machine is now a part of the 2020 Dublin Theatre Festival. Dead Centre is collaborating with Mark to ...

Theatre for One

A series of plays entitled Theatre for One to be staged in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, in a small performance booth, where one audience member at ...

The Party to End All Parties

Artistic director and founder of Anu, Louise Lowe discusses The Party to End All Parties. On the night that Ireland became a Republic in 1949, a nation was ready for ...


Embargo is a new play by writer Deirdre Kinahan. During the War of Independence dockers and railwaymen refused to transport any armed troops, or to handle any weapons arriving from ...

Tuesday 17th March

Music special remembering 1990

Our special guests reminisce on why Irish music took off in 1990 with the first Féile and Italia '90. Journalist, Lise Hand, Steve Wall of the Stunning, Jerry Fish of ...

Tuesday 3rd March

The Tudors

We ask what have The Tudors ever done for us? As we count the days to The Mirror And The Light by author Hilary Mantel - Anne Chambers, Chris Wasser ...



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