Seán Rocks is joined by Chris Morash, poet John O’Donnell and Brendan Kennelly’s publisher and friend Neil Astley in celebrating the life and work of Brendan Kennelly and a celebration of the life and work of the influential Irish language poet, Máire Mhac an tSaoi with Louis De Paor, Moya Cannon and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
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Joe Dowling - Steps of Freedom - The Lost Daughter
50:25The Abbey Theatre production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, Joe Dowling also directed its first production on an Irish stage 40 years ago, director Ruán Magan's Steps of Freedom, follows the evolution of Irish dance, Dr Enrica Ferrara reviews The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante, the bestselling author of the Neapolitan Quartet My Brilliant Friend
David Bowie - Landscapers - The Long Christmas Dinner
33:55Alan Corr reviews David Bowie 5, Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001) a new boxset, Helen Meany reviews The Long Christmas Dinner at the Peacock, telling the story of 90 years & four generations in the Bayard family, Aoife Barry previews Landscapers which is inspired by real events.
48:22A very special Arena celebrating Winter Papers. The seventh annual publication of stories, essays, poems, photographs, interviews and art edited by Kevin Barry and Oliva Smith. Guests include Kevin Barry, Donal Dineen, Niamh Campbell, Mary Costello, Victoria Kennefick and Billy O' Callaghan.
Turner Prize - Film reviews - Karen Carpenter
47:36Array Collective became the first Northern Irish winner of the prestigious Turner prize for their shebeen pub installation, Emma Campbell & Laura O’Connor on their win with Seán Rocks, Tara Brady & Justin MacGregor with film reviews, The Hand of God, C’Mon C’Mon & Final Account, Karen Tongson discusses her new book, Why Karen Carpenter Matters.
Annemarie Ní Churreáin - RTÉ Concert Orchestra - Elizabeth Strout
48:50The Poison Glen collection by Annemarie Ní Churreáin explores her native Donegal & her own family history taking the reader to Castlepollard & the Mother & Baby Home in which her father was born, Stephen Kelly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on Christmas Big Band special, Oh William! is Elizabeth Strout's new novel.
The Treaty - Josephine Baker - Mic Christopher
47:55Theo Dorgan, Colin Murphy & art historian Jessica Fahy on the centenary of The Treaty, Josephine Baker became the first black woman to be inducted into the Pantheon, Sophie Gorman reports from Paris, Glen Hansard & documentary filmmaker, Alan Leonard, remember the hugely talented Mic Christopher on his twentieth anniversary.
John Connolly - French Film Festival - Albums
44:05Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction is a new anthology edited by John Connolly, Mon Legionnaire or Our Men from director Rachel Lang at the French Film Festival, Simon Maher & Aoife Barry review from Christy Moore, Julie Doiron, The Darkness
Film reviews - Beatles, Get Back
50:23The latest film reviews, House Of Gucci, JFK Revisited with Aingeala Flannery & Donald Clarke, Peter Jackson’s Get Back explores the most contested period in The Beatles history, Paul McLoone & Sarah Stacey review the new documentary on Disney plus.
Ye Vagabonds - Vona Groarke - To The Moon
45:58Ye Vagabonds ahead of their performance at the National Concert Hall, Vona Groarke on her new poetry collection, Link, Tadhg O’Sullivan’s on his film, To The Moon, a new visual work which considers its subject through the media of sound and vision.
Freddie Mercury - Joy Crookes - Thomas Morris
45:38Pat Carty on Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, a new feature-length documentary on his 30th anniversary, Joy Crookes shares music from her debut album Skin, Thomas Morris on his new book The Dublin Railway Murder, an insight into Victorian Dublin