Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Friday 9th October

    Thursday 8th October

    Dublin Theatre Festival

    Sophie Gorman is in studio to talk about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Dave Lordan talks to us about a new production from Theatre Club called The Game.

    The Projectionist

    Carlo Gebler talks to us about his new book The Projectionist.

    Film Review

    Sorcha Kenny and Simon Maher review The Walk, Sicario and Red Army.

    Arts News

    Alan Corr joins us with all the latest Art's News.

    Wednesday 7th October

    Lingo Festival 2015

    In advance of the Lingo spoken word festival which opens on October 16th, Sean was joined by some of the performers featuring on the programme, for an hour of poetry, music and slam. Erin Fornoff, John Moynes, James Costello and Elliot Furlong were just some of the performers featured tonight.

    Tuesday 6th October

    Jonathan Buckley

    Jonathan Buckley has just been announced as the winner of this year’s BBC National Short Story Award with the Book Trust. Here he is reading an extract from his winning story ‘Briar Road’.

    Aches and Pains

    ‘Aches and Pains’ is a 1999 Maeve Binchy which has been adapted into a stage play by Shay Linehan as part of the Dalkey Creates Festival. Featuring hip replacements, nudist colonies, and special wine nights, it explores two people’s very different reactions to aging and illness. The play's director Margaret Dunne joined Sean in studio.

    John Sheahan

    John Sheahan of Dubliners fame debuts his new poetry collection, ‘Fiddle Dreams’. It explores his musical life with the Dubliners and beyond as well as his childhood and family life.

    Monday 5th October

    Danielle McLaughlin

    Danielle McLaughlin spoke to us about her new Short Story Collection: ‘Dinosaurs on Other Planets’. It’s published by Stinging Fly.

    Sweet Fire: The Joni Mitchell Project

    As part of the Irish Language Literature Festival – IMRAM - Catriona O’Leary will be singing the songs of Joni Mitchell as gaeilge.

    The Train

    Bill Whelan and Arthur Riordan spoke to Sean about 'The Train', a fictional celebration of actual events surrounding the legendary Contraceptive Train of 1971. It's at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin from tomorrow through to the 17th as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

    Hilary Mantel

    Hilary Mantel spoke to Sean about the real life inspiration for her story 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' which is on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award.

    Friday 2nd October

    Brian Friel, RIP

    A tribute to the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, who died today, in the company of Patrick Mason, Emilie Pine, Joe Dowling, Sinead Cusack, Richard Pine, Stephen Rea, Billy Roche, Patricia McBride, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Garry Hynes

    Thursday 1st October

    Review: 'Luck Just Kissed You Hello' at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Sophie Gorman reviews the Amy Conroy play “Luck Just Kissed You Hello” at the Dublin Theatre Festival

    Essay: bucket list

    Daniel Seery with an essay about the items on his bucket list

    “Under Major Domo Minor' by Patrick deWitt

    Canadian author Patrick deWitt explains his latest novel “Under Major Domo Minor”, a gothic fairy tale about Lucien/ Lucy Minor, a liar who takes a job at the Castle of Baron von Aux where he meets wily thieves and the love of his life (published by Granta)

    Film reviews

    Eithne Shortall and Chris Wasser review “The Martian”, “Macbeth” and “The Intern”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Limerick author Kevin Barry shortlisted for the UK's Goldsmith's Prize, Star Wars producers donate sizeable sum to Valentia Lifeboat to say thank you to people of Kerry, David Schwimmer's first sitcom since Friends

    Wednesday 30th September

    'The Story Of The Lost Child' by Elena Ferrante

    Yvonne Nolan with a profile of mysterious Italian writer known only by the pen name Elena Ferrante whose latest novel is “The Story Of The Lost Child” (published by Europa Editions)

    Oeke Hoogendijk at Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

    Dutch film-maker Oeke Hoogendijk whose documentary “The New Rijksmuseum” is showing as part of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival in Kells this weekend

    'The Heart Goes Last' by Margaret Atwood

    Canadian author Margaret Atwood explains why she chose to write about a dystopian future in “The Heart Goes Last”, where a couple down on their luck sign up for a social experiment offering stability in exchange for giving up their freedom every second month (published by Bloomsbury)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - finalists announced for this year's Hennessy Portrait Prize, Australian writer Michael Robotham wins Crime Writer's Gold Dagger Award, Phil Lynott statue on Harry Street in Dublin city centre damaged after being hit by a motorist

    Tuesday 29th September

    Review: 'The World Goes Pop' at Tate Modern

    Kelly Grovier reviews the pop art exhibition “The World Goes Pop” at the Tate Modern in London

    'The Night Stages' by Jane Urquhart

    Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads an extract from her latest novel “The Night Stages” (published by One World)

    Winner of Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2015

    The winning story in this year’s Francis MacManus Short Story Competition – Eleanor O’Reilly for “Stoppin’ The Silence”

    Reviews: 'The Last Hotel' and 'Newcastlewest' at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Dublin Theatre Festival reviews of “The Last Hotel” chamber opera by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy reviewed by Laurence Mackin and “Newcastlewest” by Dick Walsh produced by Pan Pan Theatre reviewed by Chris Morash

    'The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers' edited by Sinead Gleeson

    Sinead Gleeson talks about how she chose the Irish writers to include in a new anthology of short stories - “The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers” (published by New Island Books)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - €300m capital investment package announced for Ireland's culture and heritage, new appointments to board of National Library of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy announces new mini-festival 'Interlude'

    Monday 28th September

    Review: 'The Blue Guitar' by John Banville

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Blue Guitar” by John Banville, the story of an artist named Oliver who stops making art and instead attempts to be a writer (published by Viking)

    'Injection' graphic novels by Declan Shalvey

    Declan Shalvey, artist/illustrator chats about the first instalment in his planned series of graphic novels “Injection” (published by Image Comics)

    Review: 'Chekhov's First Play' at Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Chekhov’s First Play” produced by Dead Centre for the Dublin Theatre Festival

    “About Sisterland” by Martina Devlin

    Martina Devlin, author of “About Sisterland”, set in a future world ruled by women but where women and men are kept separate. Women lead highly controlled lives while men are subordinate – used for labour and breeding (published by Ward River Press)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - new Bond movie 'Spectre' sets a record for writing-off cars, Noel Gallagher and Hozier team up for breast cancer charity single, director William Friedkin condemns re-make of his 1973 horror film The Exorcist

    Friday 25th September

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review “Rattle That Lock” by Dave Gilmour, “Music Complete” by New Order and “Dodge and Burn” by The Dead Weather

    Review: 'Did You Ever Have A Family' by Bill Clegg

    Declan Burke reviews “Did You Ever Have A Family”, the debut novel by American author Bill Clegg which follows the inhabitants of a small town in Connecticut in the aftermath of a devastating fire (published by Jonathan Cape)

    Reviews: 'The Night Alive' and 'By Heart' at Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Dublin Theatre Festival reviews – “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson reviewed by Sophie Gorman and “By Heart” by Tiago Rodrigues reviewed by Emily Pine

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Max von Sydow's character in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' revealed, new A-Team television series in the works, Sam Smith gets a mixed reaction to his theme song for new James Bond film 'Spectre'

    Thursday 24th September

    6th Indian Film Festival of Ireland

    Film director Muzzaffar Ali and producer Meera Ali chat about their film “Jaanisaar” which is showing at the 6th Indian Film Festival of Ireland taking place this weekend

    'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

    Hanya Yanagihara reads an extract from her latest novel “A Little Life” (published by Picador)

    Karl Parkinson, poet

    Performance poet Karl Parkinson talks about his influences and the collection he is working on “Butterflies of a Bad Summer” (poems which are mostly about other artists/poets)

    Film reviews

    Gavin Burke and Alice Butler review “Life”, “Miss You Already” and “Mia Madre”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Tipperary poet Patrick Moran wins A Poem for the Ploughing with 'Bulbs', Amy Schumer signs multi-million book deal for her memoir, Morrissey's first book 'List Of The Lost' is slated by reviewers

    Wednesday 23rd September

    'A Lonely Note' by Kevin Stevens

    Irish-American author Kevin Stevens explains the story behind his new novel “A Lonely Note”, the story of a teenage Muslim boy in an American high school who, in his struggle against racist torment, finds comfort through his love of music (published by Little Island)

    Review: 'Just Here' by Eugene O'Brien

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Just Here”, the new play by Eugene O’Brien at Bewleys Café Theatre about a loner whose life is turned upside down when the arrival of a letter brings his past back to haunt him

    'Older Than Ireland', a documentary by Alex Fegan

    Film-maker Alex Fegan explains the idea behind his documentary “Older Than Ireland”, featuring 30 Irish people aged 100 or older and exploring their life

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - filming for new Brad Pitt film upsets locals in Co Antrim, Penguin releases extract from Morrissey's debut novel, BBC give go-ahead for a live broadcast of Mrs Browns Boys

    Tuesday 22nd September

    Review: The Angelus Trilogy by Jon Steele

    Declan Burke reviews The Angelus Trilogy by Jon Steele, the three crime novels featuring celestial detective Jay Harper; it includes The Watchers, Angel City and the latest novel The Way Of Sorrows (series published by Blue Rider and Bantam Press)

    'Dry Stone Wall' by Jane Clarke

    Jane Clarke reads “Dry Stone Wall” from her debut poetry collection “The River” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

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