coming up on Monday's show....a garda station in an Irish border village at the end of the 1950's is the setting for the Shane Connaughton novel "Married Quarters", the atmospheric folk music of Maria Kelly live in session and Gerard Manley Hopkins and five nuns are shipwrecked - it sounds like the start of a joke but it's actually the premise of the comic novel "The Hopkins Conundrum" by Simon Edge
Sophie Gorman reviews 'Howie The Rookie' starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor with Seán Rocks. The play runs at Dublin's Project Theatre until Saturday July 6th - the website for further information is www.projectartscentre.ie.
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'.
Arena are holding a competition to design the cover of the forthcoming book of writing 'New Planet Cabaret'. The closing date is Monday June 24th and the website for further details is www.rte.ie/radio1/arena.
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.