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Thursday 24th May

Roger Waters

Roger Waters talks about his 50-year career, with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, and the contemporary political issues that inspire him

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Chris Wasser review 'On Chesil Beach', 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' and 'The Breadwinner'

Wednesday 23rd May

James Earley, artist

James Earley talks about his artistic journey, from outdoor mural art to the lost Irish art of stained glass

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Solar Bones' by Mike McCormack and 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' by Elizabeth Strout

Edel Coffey with her fourth and fifth review of the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award - 'Solar Bones' by Mike McCormack and 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' by Elizabeth Strout

Philip Roth, RIP

Dr Michael Hinds on the literary impact of the American writer Philip Roth, whose death was announced last night

Tuesday 22nd May

'The Horrors', a poem by Abby Oliveira

Spoken-word poet Abby Oliveira reads 'The Horrors' (from her longer work Station Blues)

Rory Musgrave and Rachel Croash at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2018

Rory Musgrave and Rachel Croash, two of the performers at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival this weekend

Amanda Palmer, a guest at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Amanda Palmer, musician/co-founder of the Dresden Dolls, author and performer; she is a guest at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Review: RHA Annual Exhbition 2018

Cristín Leach reviews the RHA Annual Exhibition

Monday 21st May

'The Blind Spot: An Essay on the Novel' by Javier Cercas

Javier Cercas chats about 'The Blind Spot: An Essay on the Novel', in which he explores what make a great novel

Review: 'Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty' by Jacqueline Rose

Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty' by Jacqueline Rose (published by Faber)

'King Lear', a television adaptation by Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre and Jim Carter chat about the production of 'King Lear' for BBC television

Friday 18th May

Album reviews

Simon Maher and Jackie Fox review 'Wide Awake!' from Parquet Courts, 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' from Courtney Barnett and 'Islands' from Ash

Preview: 'A Very English Scandal', a BBC television mini-series

Kay Sheehy previews the new BBC tv mini-series 'A Very English Scandal'

'On Chesil Beach' directed by Dominic Cooke

ominic Cooke chats about directing 'On Chesil Beach', the film adaptation of the novel by Ian McEwan

Thursday 17th May

Review: 'Wrongheaded' by Liz Roche Company

Seona MacReamoinn reviews 'Wrongheaded' by the Liz Roche Company, described as a dance, film, poem about choice

Film reviews

Sorcha Kenny and Stephen Boyd review 'Citizen Lane', 'Jeune Femme' and 'Deadpool 2'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a guest at International Literature Festival Dublin 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a guest at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin

Wednesday 16th May

Tom Murphy, RIP

On the day the death was announced of one of our great playwrights, a chance to hear again our special tribute night to Tom Murphy which took place at the Abbey Theatre in February this year

Tuesday 15th May

Preview: 'Filmworker', a Tony Zierra documentary at the IFI

Brian Reddin previews 'Filmworker', a documentary about Leon Vitali who gave up his own film career to work with Stanley Kubrick

'The Breadwinner', a Cartoon Saloon film directed by Nora Twomey

Kay Sheehy chatted with Nora Twomey, director of 'The Breadwinner'; the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny have dedicated an exhibition to the film

Tom Wolfe, RIP

Peter Murphy, Douglas Kennedy and Brian Reddin on the literary life and work of American author Tom Wolfe, whose death has just been announced

Monday 14th May

Forgotten musical gems - 'Regard Sur Le Passé' by Bembeya Jazz National

Donal Dineen on the joys of the album 'Regard Sur Le Passé' by Bembeya Jazz National

'Connect' by Julian Gough

Julian Gough chats about his latest novel 'Connect' (published by Picador)

Diversity in casting for stage and screen

Maureen Hughes, Donna Anita Nikolaisen and Graham McLaren discuss the issue of diversity in casting for stage and screen

Friday 11th May

Album reviews

Anna Carey and Brian Boyd review 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' from Arctic Monkeys, 'Hungry' from Paul Alwright and '7' from Beach House

'Writers and Their Mothers', edited by Dale Salwak

Dale Salwak, editor of 'Writers and Their Mothers' (published by Palgrave MacMillan)

'Selected Works' by Yvonne Rainer, at IMMA

Chat with dancer/choreographer/film-maker Yvonne Rainer whose 'Selected Works' exhibition has just opened at IMMA

Thursday 10th May

'I See You', a play by Amy de Bhrún

Actress/writer Amy de Bhrún and Roxanna Nic Liam chat about the inspiration for their play 'I See You' - the trailblazing Limerick aviator Lady Mary Heath

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist – 'Ladivine' by Marie Ndiaye

Edel Coffey with the third of her reviews of the novels on the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award - 'Ladivine' by Marie Ndiaye

Essay: Cannes Film Festival vs Netflix

An essay by Roddy Flynn on the battle between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix about the criteria for entering films into competition

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Simon Maher review 'Entebbe', 'Anon' and 'Redoubtable'

Wednesday 9th May

'This Is America', a video by Childish Gambino

Eric Davidson, editor of District Magazine on the international reaction to the Childish Gambino video for 'This Is America'

'Hard To Be Soft - A Belfast Prayer' by Oona Doherty at the Dublin Dance Festival 2018

Oona Doherty explains her collaboration with composer David Holmes on 'Hard To Be Soft - A Belfast Prayer', a reflection on life in contemporary Belfast

'White Houses' by Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom chats about her latest novel 'White Houses' (published by Granta)

'Patrick Melrose', a new series on Sky Atlantic

Kay Sheehy previews the tv series 'Patrick Melrose', an adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Tuesday 8th May

'Home', a film by Anita Groener and Enda Wyley for Bealtaine 2018

Anita Groener (artist) and Enda Wyley (poet) chat about their collaboration on the film 'Home' for Bealtaine

Essay: the influence of Brian Friel on one writer/farmer

Writer/farmer John Connell with an essay reflecting on the influence of the writing of Brian Friel on his own life and writing

'Trust No One', a season of political thrillers at the IFI

Harvey O'Brien previews the films that will be part of 'Trust No One', a new season of classic political thrillers at the IFI

Review: 'Painter To The King' by Amy Sacvkille

Mick O'Dea reviews 'Painter To The King' by Amy Sackville (published by Granta)

Monday 7th May

50 years of the Man Booker International Prize

A special marking 50 years of the Man Booker International Prize, featuring a variety of the prize-winning authors who have been guests on Arena over the years

Friday 4th May

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Neil Doherty review 'World's Strongest Man' from Gaz Coombes, 'Dove' from Belly and 'Free Yourself Up' from Lake Street Dive

Film reviews

Hilary White and Sarah Taaffe Maguire review 'Lean On Pete', 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Tully'

Review: 'Giselle' by the English National Ballet

John Scott reviews the English National Ballet's production of 'Giselle', currently running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Thursday 3rd May

Opening night of the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival 2018

Live from the Luan Gallery, Athlone for the opening night of the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival

Wednesday 2nd May

Essay: Irish holiday rituals

Sonya Kelly with an essay about the Irish holiday rituals

Simon Raymonde, founder of Bella Union record label

Simon Raymonde talks about his previous career as one half of The Cocteau Twins and the origin of his record label Bella Union

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Baba Dunja's Last Love' by Aline Bronsky

Edel Coffey with the second of her reviews of the novels on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist - 'Baba Dunja's Last Love' by Russian-born writer Alina Bronsky

Review: 'On Raftery's Hill' at the Abbey Theatre

Helen Meany reviews the latest production of the Marina Carr play 'On Raftery's Hill', currently running at the Abbey Theatre

Tuesday 1st May

Review: 'Andrew Lloyd Webber: Unmasked, A Memoir'

Bill Hughes reviews 'Andrew Lloyd Webber: Unmasked, A Memoir' (published by Harper Collins)

PhotoIreland Festival - 'Last Breath' by Gerry Balfe Smyth

Gerry Balfe Smyth, the photographer whose exhibition 'Last Breath' documents life in the St Teresa's Gardens corporation flat complex

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2018

The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards are launched tonight and folk fans Nicola Joyce and Alan Woods explain what draws them to folk music

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