Arena Wednesday 9th May 2012

On Friday's Arena with Seán Rocks, Kate Brennan Harding & Brian Boyd review new music from Paul Weller, Nadine Shah & Khruangbin ,The Stinging Fly, celebrates its 60th edition, amongst the writers are novelist Louise Nealon & short story writer Wendy Erskine And Galway Film Fleadh, Breaking Ice director Jason Branagan talks about his documentary which tells the story of the first Irish bobsleigh team to go to the Olympics. 

Presented by Sean Rocks

Author Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the Author of 'The Morganville Vampires' series of books which started in 2006. The latest book 'Black Dawn' has just been Published by Allison and Busby. Rachel will sign copies of the book at Easons on O'Connell Street in Dublin from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday May 10th.

Rachel Caine joins Sean Rocks.

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Continuing our look at the books shortlisted for this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award tonight is the turn of 'Matterhorn' by Karl Marlantes. The Publishers are Grove Press. The winner will be announced on June 13th - for full details.

Sinead Gleeson discusses 'Matterhorn' by Karl Marlantes with Sean Rocks.


A regular item where a figure from the world of arts and entertainment chooses something they 'Love'.

Author Kathleen MacMahon chooses storytelling in songs with reference to 'Labelled With Love' by Squeeze. Kathleen MacMahon's debut novel 'This Is How It Ends' is Published by Sphere.

Smock Alley Theatre Dublin

The restored Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin will open it's doors from Thursday 17th May. More information can be found at

Report by Evelyn O'Rourke.

Live Music - Cormac O'Caoimh

'A New Season For Love' is Cormac O'Caoimh's latest album. His website is

Cormac O'Caoimh performs 'There's Gold There Somewhere' and 'Counting The Raindrops' live in studio with interview by Sean Rocks.



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