coming up on Friday's show...a tribute to Dermot Healy at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, an artist looking for a rural retreat finds more than she bargained for in "The Dead House", the first novel by Billy O'Callaghan and the latest albums from Gorillaz, The Cranberries and Thurston Moore
coming up on Bank Holiday Monday....Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall chat about taking on the roles of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in "The Journey", how British-German artist Tino Seghal inspires novelist Rob Doyle, review of "Things We Lost In The Fire", short stories by Mariana Enriquez and American folk singer Rhiannon Giddens in session
Catherine Dunne on the Italian Activist and Writer Dacia Maraini who will take part in an event on Sunday May 26th at Dublin's Botanic Gardens. The event is organised by the Irish Writer's Centre - www.writerscentre.ie for full details.
Maine trio Tumbling Bones perform 'Darlin' Nelly' and 'How they're Rolling' live in studio with interview by Seán Rocks. The band are currently touring Ireland - www.tumblingbones.com/tour for details.
James Costello and Git Buck are poets and hip hop artists from Dublin's northside. Earlier this year they were the subject of a documentary called Broken Song. They've now released a rap album called Mary Jane. Arena asked them to come into studio - along with blues singer William Lee - known as Willa - to perform 'Illosophical'.
Tony Clayton-Lea on the books 'Text & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll - the Beats and Rock Culture' by Simon Warner (Publishers Bloomsbury) and 'Harry Styles - Every Piece of Me' by Louisa Jepson (Publishers Simon & Schuster).