Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Friday 22nd May

    Album reviews

    Róisín Dwyer and Mark Whelan review “Kablammo!” by Ash, “Ratchet” by Shamir and “English Graffiti” by The Vaccines

    Profile of Agatha Christie

    Dr John Curran with a profile of crime novelist Agatha Christie

    IMPAC shortlist - “K” by Bernardo Kucinski

    Kay Sheehy with the third review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “K” by Bernardo Kucinski, the story of a father searching desperately for his daughter who was ‘disappeared’ during the 1970’s military dictatorship in Brazil (published by LAB Latin America Bureau)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Minister announces grant for archaeological research on Ireland's heritage sites, the favourites for new face on British £20 note, canine winner of Palm Dog Award announced in Cannes

    Thursday 21st May

    Review: 'How Music Got Free' by Stephen Witt

    Jim Carroll reviews the book “How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime” by Stephen Witt (published by Bodley Head)

    NCAD fashion show

    Evelyn O’Rourke met fashion students and staff at NCAD as they made the final preparations for their annual fashion show next week

    Film reviews

    Clara Rose Thornton and Brian Lloyd review “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond“, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” and “The New Girlfriend”

    Lismore Music Festival 2015

    Singers Carolyn Dobbins and Javier Abreu and producer Jennifer O’Connell with a preview of what’s on the programme at this year’s Lismore Music Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - a new RTE tv drama series about 1916 to come over the summer, a Joy Division fan who bought Ian Curtis's former home in Macclesfield plans to turn it into a museum, Hozier and David Holmes win Ivor Novello Awards

    Wednesday 20th May

    Essay: exhibition 'DMC (Dunmurry May-Day Conspiracy)' by Aoibheann Greenan

    Sarah Baume with an essay responding to the exhibition “DMC (Dunmurry May-Day Conspiracy)” by Irish artist Aoibheann Greenan, part of the Temple Bar Gallery’s 2015/16 programme

    Review: 'Amnesia' by Peter Carey

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Amnesia” by Peter Carey, as a world of hacking and corruption is exposed by ageing journalist Felix Moore (published by Faber & Faber)

    Review: 'Words Without Music', a memoir by Philip Glass

    Garret Sholdice reviews the Philip Glass memoir “Words Without Music” (published by Faber & Faber)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Placido Domingo postpones his Irish concert until next year, Hungarian author wins Man Booker International Prize, actor Peter Dinklage sings an ode to the long list of dead characters in Game of Thrones

    Tuesday 19th May

    IMPAC shortlist - 'Sparta' by Roxana Robinson

    Kay Sheehy with the second review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Sparta” by Roxana Robinson, the story of a young man inspired by the ancient warriors of Sparta who joins the US marines just before 9/11 and spends four years serving in Iraq (published by Sarah Crichton Books)

    Essay: Alice on film

    David Turpin with an essay about depictions of Alice in Wonderland in film

    'The Gigli Concert' at the Gate Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to the director and cast of the forthcoming Gate Theatre production of “The Gigli Concert” by Tom Murphy

    “All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories”, edited by Deirdre Madden

    Deirdre Madden, editor of “All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories”, a new collection of short stories from new and established Irish writers (published by Faber & Faber)

    “Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party” by Alexander McCall Smith

    Alexander McCall Smith, winner of this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for his novel “Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party” (published by Penguin Random House)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - the Irish play 'Lippy' wins an off-Broadway theatre award, Jay-Z compares rival music streaming services to slavery, biopic of The Kinks on the way

    Monday 18th May

    Review: 'Keeping An Eye Open: Essays On Art' by Julian Barnes

    Declan Long reviews “Keeping An Eye Open: Essays On Art” by Julian Barnes (published by Jonathan Cape)

    Radiophonic Workshop at the NCH

    Roger Limb of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop chats about their forthcoming concert “The Radiophonic Workshop: Out of the Tardis - An Evening of Doctor Who Classics” as part of the Perspectives 2015 season at the National Concert Hall

    'The Organised Criminal' by Jarlath Gregory

    Jarlath Gregory chats about his book “The Organised Criminal”, about a young man who returns home to Crossmaglen and has to confront his father’s criminal past (published by Liberties Press)

    Top Hat: The Musical at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke met the cast of “Top Hat: The Musical” ahead of their performances at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin

    Review: DruidShakespeare

    Sophie Gorman reviews DruidShakespeare’s epic production of Richard II and Henry IV and Henry V, adapted by Mark O’Rowe and directed by Garry Hynes

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - world rights to film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's 'Room' sells at Cannes, Hozier wins at last night's Billboard Music Awards, new BBC3 sitcom announced from Declan Lowney (director of Father Ted and Moone Boy)

    Friday 15th May

    Album reviews

    Edel Coffey and Chris Wasser review “Saturn’s Patterns” by Paul Weller, “The Desired Effect” by Brandon Flowers and “Why Make Sense” by Hot Chip

    Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland

    Kay Sheehy reviews the comprehensive Sean Scully exhibition currently at the National Gallery of Ireland

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - U2 played Vancouver last night but the Edge fell off the stage, Pinewood studios to open an Irish production arm, death this morning of blues great BB King

    Thursday 14th May

    Essay: misunderstandings

    Daniel Seery with an essay about the various misunderstandings in his life

    Review: 'The Wolf Border' by Sarah Hall

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Wolf Border” by Sarah Hall, about a woman tasked with re-introducing the grey wolf into Britain’s Lake District (published by Faber)

    Film reviews

    Arlene Hunt and Simon Maher review “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “A Royal Night Out”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - U2's Innocence + Experience stage show won't play Dublin in its present form because no arena is big enough to accommodate it, Hollywood film director scouting for locations in Limerick, The Simpson's 'will go on' even though the voice of 20 characters has just quit

    Wednesday 13th May

    Sam Fuller, film-maker

    Tony Tracy talks about “A Fuller Life”, a new documentary about American film-maker Sam Fuller made by his daughter Samantha Fuller

    Essay: being a writer

    Lia Mills with an essay about how being a writer is a bit like having an affair – the first flushes of excitement and enthusiasm eventually fade into the mundane and everyday

    Galway Early Music Festival

    Evelyn O’Rourke met some of the artists performing at the 20th Galway Early Music Festival

    Gavin Kostick at the Dublin Dance Festival

    Playwright Gavin Kostick explains his shows “Shaping Time/Four Easy Pieces” and 'First Look: In The Thicket' (exploring the links between drama, Irish culture and dance), part of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Irish representation at Cannes Film Festival which opened today, talk of another movie version of 1960's tv series The Fugitive, influential writing coach William Zinsser dies aged 92

    Tuesday 12th May

    Loves: the film 'Whiplash'

    Author Douglas Kennedy explains why he loves the film 'Whiplash'

    'Aonrú', a documentary about Cape Clear Island

    Film-maker Jason Gaffney chats about his documentary “Aonrú” about the residents of Cape Clear Island

    Review: 'The Grace of Kings' by Ken Liu

    Dave Hendricks reviews the fantasy novel “The Grace of Kings”, the debut by Ken Liu and the first in his Dandelion Dynasty trilogy (published by Saga Press)

    'In Plain Sight' at the Gallery of Photography

    Kim Haughton, photographer explains her exhibition “In Plain Sight” at the Gallery of Photography, a series of anonymous-looking images of houses, roads, outbuildings etc but which are actually all locations of various forms of child abuse

    IMPAC shortlist - 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Kay Sheehy with the first review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, following the lives of two African emigrants from Nigeria and tracing their immigrant experience in America and Britain (published by Fourth Estate)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - opening night of U2 Innocence + Experience tour to go ahead in Vancouver on Thursday despite death of Larry Mullen's father, Picasso painting smashes record for most expensive work sold at auction, a question over inspiration for Guns 'n Roses 'Sweet Child of Mine'

    Monday 11th May

    'Disclaimer' by Renee Knight

    Renee Knight discusses her debut novel “Disclaimer”, the story of a woman who discovers a dark secret from her past is the subject of a new novel (published by Doubleday)

    Review: 'Green Glowing Skull' by Gavin Corbett

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Green Glowing Skull” by Gavin Corbett about a man in his 40’s who leaves Dublin to find a more exciting life in New York and ends up joining a singing group (published by Fourth Estate)

    Essay: musical virtuosity of Mariah Carey

    David Turpin with an essay about how he admires Mariah Carey for re-inventing her sound to keep performing

    'My Fair Ladies', a one-man show by Des Keogh

    Des Keogh chats about his latest one-man show “My Fair Ladies” – celebrating the relationship George Bernard Shaw had with the significant women in his life

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - winners at last night's BAFTA awards, American Idol to end after this series

    Friday 8th May

    Album reviews

    Lauren Murphy and Jim Carroll review “Hairless Toys” by Róisín Murphy, “The Travelling Kind” by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and “Bush” by Snoop Dogg

    'Magenta Honey', an exhibition by Gabhann Dunne

    artist Gabhann Dunne explains the inspiration and meaning behind his current exhibition “Magenta Honey” at the Lab, Foley Street

    “Teanga an Ghrá – 1,000 Years of Irish Love” by the Guthanna Binne Síoraí theatre company

    Evelyn O’Rourke met some of the performers and director Tristan Rosenstock to chat about “Teanga an Ghrá – 1,000 Years of Irish Love” by the Guthanna Binne Síoraí theatre company which celebrates one thousand years of Irish culture through poetry, sean-nós and musical performances

    'The Green Road' by Anne Enright

    Anne Enright discusses her latest novel “The Green Road”, the story of a family on the brink of falling apart when the mother announces she wants to sell the family home (published by Jonathan Cape)

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