I believe in the value and vitality of every piece of writing in this book. I hope you enjoy the whole array of it. I hope it inspires you, as the New Planet Cabaret always intends, to be excellently different yourself. Dave Lordan, Editor In December 2012, New Island and RTÉ Radio One’s ARENA launched the first on-air creative writing course. The course took place on the first week of each month until June 2013. Writer and creative writing teacher Dave Lordan led the course, each month offering a new writing prompt to listeners who would submit material based using that prompt as inspiration. This book contains the best of those submissions. To accompany them, ARENA has specially commissioned pieces by a host of emerging Irish writing talent producing a completely novel and enjoyable anthology that presents the best of up and coming Irish writing talent. Dave Lordan is a writer and editor living in Dublin, his most recent collection, The First Book of Frags, was published in April 2013. ARENA is RTÉ Radio One’s flagship arts and pop culture show. It broadcasts every weekday from 7-8pm.