Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm


    Friday 27th November

    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Rachel Breslin review “White Light” by The Corrs, “Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection” compilation by Carly Simon and “Human Love” by Newton Faulkner

    Review: 'A Whole Life' by Robert Seethaler

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “A Whole Life” by German writer Robert Seethaler, chronicling the life of a strong but silent man Andreas who lives in a remote mountain village and suffers a violent childhood, as an adult a love affair that ends tragically and becomes an old man seen by his neighbours as eccentric (published by Picador)

    'Barefoot Souls' by Maram al-Masri, translated by Theo Dorgan

    Theo Dorgan who translated into English the latest collection of poetry from Syrian poet Maram al-Masri - “Barefoot Souls”, a collection chronicling the lives of Syrian women living in a Muslim culture in contemporary France (published by Arc Publications)

    Thursday 26th November

    Niamh McCann, artist

    Niamh McCann explains the inspiration for her latest art exhibition “Just Left Of Copernicus (The Roof of the Story)” running at VISUAL in Carlow

    Comedy of Stewart Francis

    Abie Philbin Bowman on the dead-pan puns of Canadian comic Stewart Francis

    Film reviews

    Arlene Hunt and Chris Wasser review “Bridge Of Spies”, “Black Mass” and “Carol”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish Book Awards took place last night, Adele confirms concerts in Ireland next spring, winners announced of Storyland competition for original television drama

    Wednesday 25th November

    Arts Accord International and 'Global Harmony' concert

    Director of Arts Accord International Morgan Padayachee and performer Alan Grundy explain the concept behind the organisation – people’s lack of understanding of other cultures – and the ‘Global Harmony’ concert which this year will honour Nelson Mandela

    Dermot Bolger poetry

    Dermot Bolger reads his poem about Homefarm Road in Drumcondra and uilleann piper Seamus Ennis which features in his latest collection “That Which Is Suddenly Precious” (published by New Island Books)

    Todd Haynes, film director

    Film-maker Todd Haynes chats about his career and his new film “Carol”, adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

    Rough Magic Theatre's 'Seeds' programme

    Artistic director of Rough Magic Theatre Lynne Parker and students Zoe Ní Riordáin (director) and Danny Forde (sound designer) explain the Rough Magic ‘Seeds’ initiative

    Ian Bostridge, tenor

    Tenor Ian Bostridge chats about his career ahead of his performance tomorrow night with John Wilson and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - two unique albums on sale by Ringo Starr and Wu Tang Clan, dispute over publishing rights to The Diary of Anne Frank, Nazi-themed ads for an Amazon Prime series banned in New York

    Tuesday 24th November

    Review: 'City on Fire' by Garth Risk Hallberg

    Declan Burke reviews “City on Fire”, the debut novel by Garth Risk Hallberg which is set in 1976 in New York where a young punk has been shot in Central Park which brings together a collection of characters uncovering a world of corruption in every section of New York society (published by Jonathan Cape)

    'The Importance of Being Earnest' at the Gate Theatre

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to some of the actors and director Patrick Mason at rehearsals for the Gate Theatre production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

    'Eggshells' by Caitriona Lally

    Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel “Eggshells”, the story of a woman who believes she is a 'changeling' belonging to another world so spends her days walking the streets of Dublin looking for a way to get back there (published by Liberties Press)

    U2 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE' tour arrives in Dublin

    Róisín Dwyer reviews the first Dublin concert last night in U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - television series '50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy' wins an Emmy, Hollywood box office flops of the year announced, Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz sells for €1.56m at auction

    Monday 23rd November

    Project Messiah 2015

    Abie Philbin Bowman reports from rehearsals of the volunteer choir Project Messiah, an initiative whereby people volunteer to learn Handel’s “Messiah” in 8 weeks before a public performance

    'Vietnam: 40' by Ian Thuillier

    Photographer Ian Thuillier explains what prompted him to travel around Vietnam 40 years after the end of the war to document the people of the country for his book and exhibition “Vietnam: 40” which runs this month at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin

    Review: 'Liminal: Irish Design at the Threshold'

    Declan Long reviews “Liminal: Irish Design at the Threshold”, a showcase of collaborations between Irish designers, companies and studios; it’s the final exhibition of the Irish Design 2015 initiative and currently running at the Design Hub in Dublin Castle

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - U2 promise to put on their 'best shows' in re-scheduled concerts in Paris next month, 'How Was Your Day' wins best Irish short at Foyle Film Festival, Barack Obama to feature on new Coldplay album

    Friday 20th November

    'Concert for Paris' in St Patrick's Cathedral

    Abie Philbin Bowman who is at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the “Concert for Paris” organised by conductor John Doyle

    Album reviews

    Alan Corr and Aoife Barry review “25” by Adele, “Dark Sky Island” by Enya and “Bitter Pill” by Gavin James

    'Imagining Home', 1916 at the National Concert Hall

    Musician Cáit O’Riordan and CEO of the National Concert Hall Simon Taylor explain the NCH’s 1916 project “Imagining Home” - seven concerts held over a single week to honour 100 years of Irish music, culture and history (for copyright reasons the music in this interview is not available to download)

    Film reviews

    Sarah Griffin and Simon Maher review “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”, “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” and “Hand Gestures”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - remembering the attacks on Paris one week on, hopes for Irish wins at Mercury Music Prize

    Thursday 19th November

    Launch of new annual anthology 'Winter Pages'

    Launch of “Winter Pages”, a new anthology for the arts in Ireland (stories, interviews, essays etc) edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith.  In conversation with Irish writers Kevin Barry, Claire Kilroy and Peter Murphy and music from Gráinne Hunt & band (for copyright reasons the music within this programme is not available to download)

    Wednesday 18th November

    'Collected Short Stories' and 'Fighting With Shadows' by Dermot Healy

    Keith Hopper, editor with Dalkey Archive Press who have just re-published two books by the late Dermot Healy – “Collected Short Stories” and his first novel “Fighting With Shadows”

    Benjamin Appl, baritone

    German baritone Benjamin Appl chats about his career path ahead of his performances in Ireland as part of a Music Network tour

    'Dictator' by Robert Harris

    Robert Harris reads an extract from his novel “Dictator”, the third in his trilogy about Rome’s most famous orator, lawyer and philosopher Cicero (published by Hutchinson)

    Review: 'Slade House' by David Mitchell

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Slade House” by David Mitchell, a horror story about a mother and son who come to stay in a haunted house (published by Sceptre)

    'Concert For Paris' in St Patrick's Cathedral

    Conductor John Doyle on why he was driven to organise a free concert to show solidarity with the French people after the terrorist attacks in the city last Friday; it takes place at 8pm in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on Friday 20th November

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the band Eagles of Death Metal pay tribute to victims of the terrorist attack on Paris, the National Library of Ireland undergoing a €10m renovation to protect collection, future for some of the paintings in Russborough House collection under negotiation

    Tuesday 17th November

    Sara Baume shortlisted for Costa literary award

    Sara Baume who has been shortlisted for the UK's Costa First Novel Award for “Spill Simmer Falter Wither”

    Review: “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein

    Róisín Dwyer reviews “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl”, the memoir by Sleator Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstein (published by Virago Books)

    'Lord Of The Flies' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Sinead Mooney spoke to the cast and crew of the Regents Park Theatre stage adaptation of William Golding’s “Lord Of The Flies”, coming to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Review: 'Career of Evil' by Robert Galbraith

    Declan Burke reviews “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith, (aka JK Rowling), the third in the crime series featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike (published by Sphere)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - winner just announced of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015, a new Don DeLillo novel to come in the new year, Oxford English Dictionary announces their word of the year - but it's not a word

    Monday 16th November

    Remembering reggae producer Sir Coxsone Dodd

    Jim Carroll on the legacy of Sir Coxsone Dodd, a music producer who was responsible for starting the careers of Jamaican reggae legends and is now remembered in a Soul Jazz album called “Coxsone’s Music: The First Recordings Of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat, 1960 – 1962”

    'Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion', the life of Máire Mhac an tSaoi

    Australian film-maker Paula Kehoe explains what inspired her to make “Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion”, a documentary about the life, work and sensual poetry of Irish-language poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi

    'Somewhere Inside Of Happy' by Anna McPartlin

    Anna McPartlin talks about her latest novel “Somewhere Inside Of Happy”, the story of a woman who has had it tough her whole life and who is finally about to catch a romantic break until her teenage son goes missing

    Francesco Turrisi, jazz musician

    Francesco Turrisi who is one of the performers at the “Strut” pop-up jazz club at The Peacock stage of the Abbey later this week

    Friday 13th November

    Arena at the Dublin Book Festival 2015

    Tonight's show is live from Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Book Festival; guests include poet Kate Dempsey and authors Frankie Gaffney, Danielle McLaughlin and Reggie Chamberlain King and live music from The Matthews and The Healing

    Thursday 12th November

    Essay: the importance of names

    Daniel Seery with an essay pondering the importance of names

    'The Marble Collector' by Cecilia Ahern

    Cecilia Ahern talks about her most recent novel “The Marble Collector”, about a daughter trying to discover more about her father who now has dementia but who spent years mysteriously collecting marbles (published by Harper Collins)

    Film reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Gavin Burke review “Steve Jobs”, “Fathers and Daughters” and “The Lady In The Van”

    Arts News - Waking The Feminists

    Sinead Mooney was at the ‘Waking The Feminists’ event at the Abbey Theatre earlier today, where women from all areas of theatrical life met to discuss how support for women in Irish theatre can be improved (a response to the lack of female representation in the ‘Waking The Nation’ programme for Abbey 2016)

    Wednesday 11th November

    Remembering Éamon Kelly at the Yarn Storytelling Festival, Bray

    Story-tellers Nuala Hayes and Jack Lynch explain their involvement with the “Éamon Kelly – Remembering The Legacy” event at the Yarn Storytelling Festival this weekend at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray

    Essay: 'Twin Peaks', the David Lynch tv series

    Siobhan Kane with an essay about the impact of David Lynch’s seminal tv series “Twin Peaks”

    Kevin Barry wins Goldsmith's Prize for 'Beatlebone'

    Kevin Barry reacts to winning the UK literary Goldsmith’s Prize for his novel “Beatlebone”

    Video games and migration

    Joe Griffin on recent video games “Syrian Journey”, 'Darfur Is Dying', 'This War Of Mine', 'Papers Please', 'Journey' and 'Cloud Chasers' that puts the player in the shoes of a migrant and tries to impart understanding of the desperation and hardship faced by those trying to make a better life far from home

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