On Monday's Arena with Seán Rocks, Arena teams up with Dublin's Temple Bar TradFest. Music and chat from Dervish, The Hothouse Flowers, The Mulcahy Family, singer Karan Casey ,harpist, Seána Davy and piper, Louise Mulcahy.
Roddy Doyle, Bronagh Gallagher, Robert Arkin and Donald Clarke join Seán in remembering director Alan Parker on the sad news of his passing. He is best known in Ireland for directing The Commitments and Angela's Ashes. His long career spanned from Bugsy Malone to Midnight Express, Fame, Mississippi Burning and Angel Heart.
Kit De Waal - "Supporting Cast", A Selection of Short Stories
Supporting Cast is a new short story collection by Kit de Waal. The cast in question will be familiar to readers of her acclaimed novels My Name is Leon and The Trick of Time as the characters are drawn from those books and here given their own story, whether it's Trish in Hastings in 2018 or Mr Devlin in Dublin in 1952.
Jess Kavanagh reviews Black Is King, a new visual album written and directed by Beyoncé. The Lion King adaptation narrative is based on African history and heritage.
Mary McGill reviews A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom". John Boyne's most ambitious and expansive novel to date. Featuring a recurring ensemble cast of characters, it takes place over twenty centuries, in seven continents, from first century Palestine to a space station in the late 21st century.
Brian Boyd and Kate Brennan Harding join Sean to review new albums from Fontaines DC, A Hero's Death, following on from their debut album and also The Coronas latest, True Love Waits.