André Leon Talley“Mrs Vreeland polished the soles of her shoes with a rhinoceros horn.”

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Before he became the king of the front row, before he was the friend and confidante of Karl Lagerfeld, Diana Vreeland and Michelle Obama, André Leon Talley was a young boy being raised by his grandparents in North Carolina, going through the pages of Vogue magazine and dreaming. André told Kay Sheehy on Monday’s Arena what Vogue meant to him …

The Moth at 10“It’s a very important moment in a writer’s life when somebody actually wants to publish a piece of your work.”

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They grow up so fast, don’t they? The Moth, a quarterly arts and literature magazine, featuring poetry, fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists turns 10 this year and on Monday, Arena threw them a party. Kay Sheehy welcomed editor and co-founder Rebacca O’Connor, as well as contributors June Caldwell, Alan McMonagle and Niamh Boyce. The magazine …

Terry Gilliam“I’ve always had this belief that the film is making itself – I’m merely the hand that writes.”

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The moment where a character in a movie reveals that they’ve known all along that they’re in a fictional world has been around long before the word “meta” entered the urban dictionary. And the man who invented this cute technique: the author of Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes. That’s according to director Terry Gilliam, who’s finally releasing his Cervantes-inspired film The …

Making a Mark“I’m very, very proud to do this show.”

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On Monday’s Arena, Seán Rocks spoke to a man who’s competed in the World Games, a man who’s a lip-sync champion, a man who has studied Anthropology and a man who packs bags in Tesco. But Seán wasn’t talking to four men, he was talking to one – Mark Smith. Mark is a drama practitioner with Down Syndrome and he …

Poetry jukebox

The Poetry Jukebox“We are putting something gentle and beautiful into public space”

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A somewhat mysterious looking, periscope-shaped object has popped up in Dublin’s Docklands, just outside EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum. What does it do? Who is it for? Why is it there? The word on the street is that it’s a Poetry Jukebox. The people behind the project joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him more. The Poetry Jukebox, …

Writers’ Week“I just felt the book come to life.”

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Listowel Writers’ Week starts on Wednesday and on Monday’s Arena, Seán Rocks welcomed two writers who’ll feature at the festival, both of whom have new novels based on the lives of real people. In Shadowplay, Joseph O’Connor explores the life of Dracula author, Bram Stoker, while Christine Dwyer Hickey focuses on the life of painter Edward Hopper and his wife …

Remembering Doris Day“Rethink this whole idea of the virginal Doris Day and the girl-next-door image.”

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Marking the death of Hollywood icon Doris Day, Dr Ruth Barton, Associate Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, joined Seán Rocks to assess her legacy. America’s sweetheart, Doris Day was synonymous with a clean-cut, chaste image. Seán and Ruth began by discussing how much of this was reflective of the woman, and how much was an industry construct. …

Sex Education‘An interesting concoction.’

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As if being a teenager isn’t awkward enough, Otis Milburn’s parents have only one thing on the brain. Sex. Well, it is their job… In the new Netflix series, Sex Education, Asa Butterfield plays Otis, the perennially-mortified son to Gillian Anderson’s Jean Milburn, a sex therapist. Mary McGill gave Arena listeners a first look at Netflix’s latest gambit. One thing that stands out to her is how fluid …