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    Sonya Kelly's 'The Wheelchair on my Face'

    Sonya Kelly on being blue in the face after touring her show 'The Wheelchair On My Face' to over 50 venues. The show is at the Kinsale Arts Festival in Cork on July 10th and 11th - www.kinsaleartsfestival.com.

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    Francis MacManus Awards 2013

    The opening lines from 'Ending It' by Sean Kenny, read by Aaron Monaghan. The story won third prize in the Francis MacManus short story competition and will be broadcast on Wednesday evening as part of a season of the 25 short-listed stories in this year's competition. All the stories will run nightly June 24th at 11.10pm on RTÉ Radio 1.

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    Hay Festival - Germaine Greer

    Arena will be coming from The Hay Festival in Kells on Friday June 28th. One of the guests will be Germaine Greer. Listeners are invited to e-mail their questions for Germaine Greer to arena@rte.ie.

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    Clerihews Competition

    Pauline Hall launches Arena's Clerihews competition. A Clerihews is similar to a Limerick with a specific rhyming scheme, beginning with a person's name, and is 4 lines in length. Pauline Hall's Fundit campaign is on www.fundit.ie - search 'Cream of the Milk'.

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    Cork Midsummer Festival

    Abie Philbin Bowman on the Cork Midsummer Festival. The full programme is available on www.corkmidsummer.com.

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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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    Clerihews Entries

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

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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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    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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