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RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Live Show

27 November, 2020 , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm GMT


With Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle and Christine Dwyer Hickey

In conversation with Seán Rocks, with music from Uly

In partnership with RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Live Show

Tune in for an evening of conversation and music with RTÉ Radio 1’s cultural guru, Seán Rocks. Seán will be joined by prolific author Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and author of 2020 release, Love, which has received rave reviews; beloved author and play-wright Kevin Barry, whose 2019 novel, Night Boat to Tangier, was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize; and acclaimed writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Narrow Land, is the 2020 winner of the Walter Scott Prize and the inaugural winner of The Dalkey Literary Prize 2020. Christine’s 2004 novel, Tatty, was also named Dublin One City One Book choice for 2020. Seán and the writers will be joined for music by Uly.

Christine Dwyer Hickey

Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. She has published 8 novels, one short story collection and a full-length play. Her latest novel The Narrow Land is the 2020 winner of the Walter Scott Prize and the inaugural winner of The Dalkey Literary Prize 2020. Her novel Tatty is the Unesco Dublin One City One Book for 2020. She is a member of Aosdana.

Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van and Smile, two collections of short stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of three novels and three short story collections, including most recently Night Boat to Tangier and That Old Country Music. He also writes plays and screenplays. He lives in Co Sligo.

Uly Murphy (Uly Music)

Combining a love of old-school deep soul, jazz, funk, dusty production quality and topped with some pop sensibilities, Uly weaves together sonic threads to make music reminiscent of “a version of the ‘70s that never happened”. Each a result of his own singular vision and craft, Uly’s releases have gone from strength to strength, both in quality of writing and production, each receiving high local acclaim. While unintentionally being received as a fresh and unique addition to the local Irish independent music scene, Uly’s discography has a particular motif at the heart of it: sometimes sad, sometimes groovy – but ultimately wants to make you feel something.

Seán Rocks

Seán Rocks is the presenter of ArenaRTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, culture and entertainment programme (Mon-Fri 7pm)

In that role, Seán has interviewed many major writers, actors, musicians and artists – including Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Edna O’Brien, Martin Sheen, Danny De Vito, Saoise Rónan, John Banville, Brendan Gleeson, Roddy Doyle, Steve Reich and Marina Carr.  He has hosted numerous outside broadcasts from major arts festivals, and anchored Arena’s live three-hour broadcasts from Meeting House Square during Culture Night 2013 and 2014.

This event will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 and DBF digital player.

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