Sean Rocks

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Toni Morrison:  RTÉ’s Radio 1’s culture programme Arena discussed her life and work, with contributions from Anne Enright and Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Lee Romero/The New York Times

Who needs live radio these days? As a listener, I’ve increasingly drifted away. Podcasts offer more nuanced discussions. Streaming services have bette(...)

  Hard Shoulder host Ivan Yates interviews Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC Women and his approach unfortunately recalls another trait of 1970s masculinity: a Neanderthal attitude to the abilities of the opposite sex. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

He has been a government minister and bookmaker businessman, but Ivan Yates really sounds like he should have been a 1970s soccer player. It’s not jus(...)

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Friday is Culture Night all over Ireland. Do you: (a) put on comfy shoes, arm yourself with the guide or the app and let loose, collapsing with exhaus(...)

The October bank holiday weekend is one of the busiest for events, as a rake of festivals make a last-minute pitch for your entertainment pocket. Both(...)

In a Word . . . Review

“A perfect judge will read each work of wit/With the same spirit that its author writ,” said one of my favourite Popes. I refer to Alexander Pope. Tha(...)

Anne Enright will help celebrate 25 years of the Irish Writers Centre with an event on Thursday. Photograph:   Alan Betson

The Centre Holds Smock Alley Theatre, Thursday, 10 November, 6:30pm The Irish Writers Centre is marking its 25th anniversary with an anthology of ess(...)

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Author Jung Chang talking to Peter Florence about ‘Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who launched modern China’ at the Hay Festival Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Visitors to the Hay Festival in Kells, Co Meath this weekend enjoyed both food for thought and food for the senses. It was a winning combination. Fina(...)

Claudia Seaver from Alaska chats with Karen Greene dressed as ‘The Earl of Bellamont’ from a painting by Joshua Reynolds  as ‘Paintings Come to Life’ in advance of Culture Night tonight at the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery will be one of many cultural institutions which will provide free access and remain open till 9:30pm  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Culture Night moves to another plane tonight with 1,300 events across 34 regions of the country, making it the biggest to date by far. It will also be(...)

Female-led television: Arena discussed the return of Tina Fey. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Contender, ready? Gladiator, ready? Three, two, one: radio wars! On Monday morning all ears were on Newstalk and RTÉ Radio 1 as Pat Kenny and Seán O’R(...)