Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Clerihews Entries

    Seán Rocks reads samples of Arena listeners' Clerihews competition entries.

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    Clerihews Winner

    Pauline Hall announces the winner of Arena's Clerihews competition - Moírín O'Donovan from Loughrea in County Galway for her entry 'James Gandolfini, deftly played a meanie, murder, cheat and con, he remains the Don'.

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    Francis MacManus Awards

    Pat Kinevane reads the opening lines from 'Dark Secret' by James A. Simpson. It will be broadcast on Tuesday the 25th of June as part of a season of the 25 stories short-listed in this year's competition. The season of stories will run nightly from Monday to Friday at 1110pm on RTÉ Radio 1, starting next Monday the 24th of June.

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    Francis MacManus Winners

    This year's Francis MacManus short story winners are Sean Kenny from Dublin for his piece 'Ending It' (3rd Prize), 'Dark Secret' by James A Simpson from Co Antrim (2nd Prize) while the winning story 'Uncle Ned' was written by Mike Mac Domhnaill from Limerick. Andrew Bennett reads an extract from 'Uncle Ned'.

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    Hay Festival Kells

    One of the exhibits at this year's Hay festival celebrates the Book of Kells, and its seminal role in the history of type. Mark Smith dicusses the 'Kells Type Trail' with Seán Rocks - www.hayfestival.com/kells.

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    TV - The White Queen

    Roe McDermott on the 1st episode of 'The White Queen' which is showing on BBC TV on Sundays at 9pm.

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    See Dublin by Bike

    Evelyn O'Rourke with Julian Vignoles from the 'See Dublin by Bike' tour company. The tour is offered in conjunction with Wonderland Productions and they will also be hosting other Bloomsday events such as the Chapelizod Literary Pubcrawl this Saturday. More information can be found at seedublinbybike.ie and wonderlandtheatre.com

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    Venice Biennale

    The bi-annual Venice Biennale showcases art and artists from around the world. It opened earlier this month and runs until November 24th. Kay Sheehy, who is just back from Venice, joins Seán Rocks.

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    Yeats Day 2013

    Susan O'Keeffe joins Evelyn O'Rourke to discuss the 2nd annual Yeats Day in Sligo on Thursday June 13th with readings by Michael Fish. www.seasonofyeats.com for more information.

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