Special features

Thursday 20th June

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.

Tuesday 18th June

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'.

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.

Friday 14th June

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

Wednesday 12th June

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.

Tuesday 11th June

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.

Monday 10th June

Sonya Kelly

Actor and Writer Sonya Kelly reads her piece 'Supermarket'. Sonya is currently touring her play 'The Wheelchair on my Face'. The website for further details is www.fishamble.com.

Friday 7th June

Artist Philip Allen

Declan Long on acclaimed UK artist Philip Allen's exhibition 'Oxblood - New Paintings' at Dublin's Kerlin Gallery. The exhibition runs until July 20th - www.kerlin.ie.

Thursday 6th June

IMPAC 2013 Winner - Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry, winner of this year's IMPAC Dublin award for his book 'City of Bohane' joins Seán Rocks. The Publishers are Jonathan Cape.

Tuesday 4th June

Loves

Author Rebecca Solnit chooses Yoko Ono's conceptual art as something she 'Loves'. Rebecaa's latest novel is called 'The Faraway Nearby'.

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