Thursday, September 04, 2008

Arts Week in Clifden Library

2008 will mark 31 years of the annual arts festival in the Connermara capital of Clifden, which has grown from a small community event in to one with a packed programme of events playing to an international audience. As part of the festival the following events will be taking place in Clifden Library.

18th September
Poetry reading by Jarlath Fahy
Poetry reading by Jarlath Fahy, whose book, The Man Who Was Haunted by Beautiful Smells was recently published by Wordsonthestreet Press. Admission: €5. 4:30pm

19th September
A Showcase Reading by Galway Arts Centre’s Advanced Poetry Workshop. (Facilitator Kevin Higgins). Readers will include Lorna O’ Shaughnessy, author of 'Torching the Brown River' , Mary Madoc, winner of the 2008 Hennessy Award for Poetry, Mary Mullen and Des Kavanagh. Admission: €5. 1:00pm

The Sea and the Shore’- Derek Mahon’s water music. Talk by Hugh Haughton, author of ‘The Poetry of Derek Mahon’. Dr Haughton is Professor of English and related Literature at the University of York and his previous books include 'The Letters of T.S.Eliot' , which he co-edited with Valerie Eliot. (Sponsored by Clifden Book Shop, thanks to Nicole and Maura) Admission: €5. 4:00pm

22nd September
Reading by poet Dr. Robyn Rowland. Music will be performed by Lynn Saoirse. Admission: €5. 1:00pm

Reading by poet Louis de Paor.
Reading by poet Louis de Paor. Louis is Director, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. His books include a study of narrative technique in the short fiction of Martin O’Cadhain and an anthology of 20th poetry in Irish co-edited with Sean O’Tuama. (Sponsored by John Stanley). Admission: €5. 4:30pm

23rd September
Reading by Letterfrack Writers’ Group. Admission: €5. 1:00pm

‘The Self Inventor’: talk on Michael Mac Liammoir by Des Lally , editor of Captivating Brightness, which has just been published. Admission: €5. 4:00pm

24th September
Guitar Recital: Redmond O’ Toole.
Through his unorthodox playing style and committed musicianship Redmond O’Toole has emerged as one of the most innovative and exciting young guitarists in Europe. He has been selected as the National Concert Hall’s ‘rising star’ for 2009. Admission €5 (Sponsored by AIB ) 1:00pm

Reading: 'Something About Mary'. Mary Banotti reads from her book about Irish women politicians. Mary was a distinguished public servant and Dublin MEP from 1984-2004. Admission: €5. 1:00pm

Reading by Pat O' Brien.
Reading: Poet and great friend of Arts Week Pat O’Brien. Admission: €5. 4:30pm

26th September
Book Launch: Captivating Brightness.-Ballynahinch, edited by Des Lally with Peter Fallon and John Fanning. Lunchtime readings with poet-in-residence Tony Curtis, Michael Coady and special guest poet and great friend of Arts Week Michael Gorman. (Thanks to Jim Savage and David Lilburn of Occasional Press and Patrick O’Flaherty of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel). Admission: €5. 1:00pm

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