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Arena With Seán Rocks

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Friday 29th July

Album reviews

Jim Carroll and Jackie Fox review “The Bird and the Rifle” by Lori McKenna, “Vinyl Adventures, From Istanbul to San Francisco” compilation by Tim Burgess and “The First Kiss of Love” by Cronin

Recommended paperbacks for the summer

Donal O’Donoghue with some recommended paperbacks for summer reading – “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen (published by Corsair), “Nothing On Earth” by Conor O’Callaghan (published by Doubleday Ireland), “The Last Days Of Summer” by Vanessa Ronan (published by Penguin Ireland) and “What Belongs To You” by Garth Greenwell (published by Picador)

'Slow Clocks of Decay' by Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman chats about and reads from his latest collection of poetry “Slow Clocks of Decay” (published by Salmon Poetry)

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Chris Evans will not face charges over assault claims from the 1990's, the hit tv political thriller Homeland will have a female president in the new season, two deaths in the world of television - Ken Barrie the voice of Postman Pat and Vivean Gray the actress who played Mrs Mangel in 'Neighbours'

Thursday 28th July

Essay: making it as a successful writer

Daniel Seery with an essay about how success stories about writers often overlook their years of struggle

Navá in session

Paddy Kiernan, Niall Hughes and brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe of Navá, a band which blends Irish and Persian music

Stand-up from Milton Jones

Some stand-up from comedian Milton Jones who plays the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens at the weekend

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Paul Whitington review “Jason Bourne”, “Finding Dory” and “The Commune”

GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2016

Kevin Stea, one of the backing dancers on Madonna’s ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour 25 years ago who is one of the people featured in “Strike A Pose”, the opening film at this year’s GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, with Róisín Geraghty, programme director of the festival

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Lord Mayor of Cork says he's confident Garth Brooks and Adele will play the city next year, RTÉ's Reflecting the Rising last Easter was the largest-ever civic event in Ireland, Minister Humphreys announces funding for Irish arts to exhibit globally

Wednesday 27th July

“In A Changing Light” by Phil Lynch

Phil Lynch chats about and reads from his debut collection of poetry “In A Changing Light” (published by Salmon Poetry)

'Punning Shop Names' by Felicity Ward

“Punning Shop Names” sketch from Felicity Ward who plays the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens at the weekend

Loves: working in the theatre

Author Liz Nugent explains why she loves her previous experience working in the theatre

Review: 'Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick', art works inspired by Kubrick's films

Mark Duffy reviews “Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick”, an exhibition at Somerset House in London of various works by 50 artists inspired by the films of Stanley Kubrick

Big Bang Festival 2016

Brian Fleming, one of the organisers of this weekend’s Big Bang Festival, a celebration of rhythm/drumming from around the world

Review: “The Unfortunate Englishman” by John Lawton

Declan Burke reviews “The Unfortunate Englishman” by John Lawton, featuring Joe Wilderness (a thief co-opted to work for MI6) who is trying to negotiate the swap of spies in Cold War-era Berlin against the background of the theft of a fortune in vintage wine looted during World War II from a Jewish family (published by Grove Press)

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - Oprah Winfrey to star in a new fantasy adventure series, UK comedy series 'Peep Show' to be developed for US television, longlist announced for Man Booker Prize 2016

Tuesday 26th July

Spies on film

Chris Wasser with a guide to some of the most memorable spies in film

'The Seasons of Cullen Church' by Bernard O'Donoghue

Bernard O’Donoghue talks about the themes that inspired the poems in his latest collection “The Seasons of Cullen Church” (published by Faber & Faber)

'The Casement Sonata' by Gavin Friday

Gavin Friday explains 'The Casement Sonata', a sonic installation he created in collaboration with poet James McCabe to pay homage to Roger Casement; it runs at the Hugh Lane Gallery this summer

Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Willie White outlines the programme for this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

Monday 25th July

Review: “I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost In Music” by Sylvia Patterson

Mary McGill reviews the book “I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost In Music”, a memoir by music journalist Sylvia Patterson spanning three decades from the 1980’s to the changing face of the music press of the noughties (published by Sphere)

Comedy from Foil, Arms & Hog

Comedy sketch “Renting In The City” from Foil Arms & Hog who play the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens next weekend

'Inextinguishable' by Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell reads an extract from her short story “Inextinguishable” (which features in her debut collection “Multitudes”)

Review: “I Went To The Woods: The Artist As Wanderer” at the Glucksman Gallery

Cristín Leach Hughes reviews the current exhibition at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork – the group exhibition “I Went To The Woods: The Artist As Wanderer”

“Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016”, a series at the National Concert Hall

John O’Kane, executive director of RTÉ Orchestras and Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall explain “Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016”, a 3-week series of concerts at the National Concert Hall celebrating the variety of music created by Irish composers over the past 100 years

Arts News

with Alan Corr - the 'invisible voice' of Hollywood movie musicals Marnie Nixon dies, a new documentary on Michael Hutchence on the way, Enda Walsh musical 'Lazarus' to open in London

Friday 22nd July

Album reviews

Aoife Barry and Simon Maher review “You Got Me Singing” by Jack & Amanda Palmer, “Red Earth and Pouring Rain” by Bear’s Den and “Operator” by Mstrkrft

Report from the West Cork Literary Festival 2016

Leeanne O’Donnell spoke to organisers and participants at this year's West Cork Literary Festival

“Hubie Is Wearing His Uniform” by Kate Dempsey

Kate Dempsey of The Poetry Divas reads “Hubie Is Wearing His Uniform” from her debut collection “The Space Between” (published by Doire Press)

Review: “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent

Declan Burke reviews “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent, a psychological thriller about the violent murder of a young woman and the repercussions on one Dublin family (published by Penguin Ireland)

Thursday 21st July

A profile of Taylor Swift

Rachel Breslin profiles the rise and rise of pop star Taylor Swift

Film reviews

Brogen Hayes and Stephen Boyd review “Star Trek Beyond”, “The BFG” and “Chevalier”

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - John Crowley's next film project will be an adaptation of the Donna Tartt novel 'The Goldfinch', Kirsten Dunst makes her feature film directorial debut with 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath, the Weinstein Company and the BBC to collaborate on a 6-part tv adaptation of 'Lés Misérables'

Wednesday 20th July

“In The Shadows Of Steam” at the Earagail Arts Festival 2016

Hannah Peel and Tommy McLaughlin of “In The Shadows Of Steam”, a musical group commissioned by the Earagail Arts Festival to explore in music the legacy of the lost lines of the railways of Donegal and Northern Ireland (for copyright reasons the music in this item is not available to download as a podcast)

“So Say The Fallen” by Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville chats about the latest instalment in his Belfast novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Serena Flanagan – “So Say The Fallen” (published by Harvill Secker)

'Naming The Stars' by Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston whose latest novella is “Naming The Stars”, about an elderly woman called Flora and her housekeeper reminiscing about life in the family home, her brother’s secret and her father who died in the battle of El Alamein (published by Tinder Press)

Arts News - Minister publishes a draft Framework Policy document for Culture 2025

Minister Heather Humphreys who today published her draft Framework Policy document for Culture 2025

Tuesday 19th July

The Bright Club, where science meets comedy

Comedian Edwin Sammon and Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, organiser of the variety show The Bright Club: Mind and Body where scientific researchers re-imagine their work through comedy

Irish pipers heading to the World Pipe Band Championships

Noel Kelly (Pipe Major) and John Lamb of St Lawrence Pipe Band Howth, Brian McMahon, Chairperson of the Irish Pipe Band Association and Gordon Boag from Glasgow Live who are hosting the Piping Live Festival in the run-up to the annual World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

“ProdiJIG: The Revolution” at the Cork Opera House

Leeanne O’Donnell spoke to choreographer and producer Alan Kenefick, sound designer Peter Power and Ted Kelly of the band Moxie at rehearsals for “ProdiJIG: The Revolution”, a dance show directed by Wayne Jordan at the Cork Opera House

“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”, a documentary by Brendan J Byrne

Brendan J Byrne, director of the documentary “Bobby Sands: 66 Days”

Arts News

with Alan Corr - Netflix announce new episodes of hit show 'Making A Murderer', ban on smoking in movies is being challenged in the US on grounds that it infringes on the right to free speech

Monday 18th July

'Upside-Down Pig' by Paul Timoney

Poet and story-teller Paul Timoney with a fantastical story called ‘Upside-Down Pig’

'Unified: The Musical'

Guy Le Jeune, Artist in Residence at An Grianán Theatre and writer of “Unified: The Musical”, celebrating the legacy of the textile factory Unifi which for over 30 years was Letterkenny’s biggest employer; it is part of the programme for this year's Earagail Arts Festival

“The Death Of All Things Seen” by Michael Collins

Michael Collins chats about his latest novel “The Death Of All Things Seen”, set in Chicago in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis about a playwright Norman Price as he attempts to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the death of his parents (published by Head of Zeus)

Arts News

with Sinead Mooney - artist Laurie Anderson to perform to Ireland in 2017, the new Ghostbusters box office figures are in, the original cast of Aliens reunite for the film's 30th anniversary

Friday 15th July

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and John Meagher review “Love & Hate” by Michael Kiwanuka, “Loud Hailer” by Jeff Beck and “Nothing’s Real” by Shura

'Addlands' by Tom Bullough

Tom Bullough, author of “Addlands” , an intimate family portrait spanning four generations across seventy years in the borders between Wales and England (published by Granta)

German pianist/composer Hauschka

German pianist and composer Hauschka talks about his musical style; he was invited to perform at the IMMA Summer Party this weekend (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is unavailable to download)

Thursday 14th July

Round-up of the latest crime fiction

Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction – “Paradime” by Alan Glynn, “Dodgers” by Bill Beverley, “Girls On Fire” by Robin Wasserman, “Art In The Blood” by Bonnie MacBird, “Ghosts Of The Desert” by Ryan Ireland, “Nomad” by James Swallow

'The Muse' by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton reads an extract from her novel 'The Muse' (published by Picador)

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