Friday, August 14, 2009

Tuam Arts Festival Events in Tuam Library

The seventh Tuam Arts Festival takes place from August 14 to 23 with more than 80 events taking place, showcasing the best of local and national talent. The following are events taking place in the Library.

Monday 17th August:
Storytelling with Eddie Lenihan at 11.00. Suitable for all the family.

Sole Dance Movement -This is an opportunity to explore how your body is moving in the moment through connection with music and the rhythm of the beat. Workshop for children at 2.00 p.m. and for adults at 3.00 p.m.

Tuesday 18th August:
Children’s Creative Writing Workshop with Bernadette McQuaid. Bernadette will use photographs, drama and group work to help children visualise and create stories and poems. 10.30 a.m.

Thursday 20th August:
‘The Way of the Heart’Mags Furey presents a movement mediation workshop. Surrender to the magic of Tibetan singing bowls and dive into the eternity of sounds and silence! 11.00 a.m.

Two artists will also exhibit as part of the Arts festival Art Trail. Mary Trait recently completed a B.A. Hons. In Fine Art at GMIT and graduated with distinction. By collecting a multitude of imagery from every source available, she tries to create loose narratives with the many languages drawing has to offer. Eleanor Brennan’s work is rooted in the self and the way in which we can become self aware through the creative process. Eleanor has also completed a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art in the GMIT.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Dunmore library

- An observation by Jennifer Bignens, student of librarianship from the CHUV Medicine University Library in Lausanne, who is on internship with Galway County Libraries.

Even if Dunmore is a small and quiet town, interesting things happen there. The 6th August was a good example:
Thanks to the nice weather, everybody was outside enjoying the market which was held in the centre of the town and in front of the ruins of the Augustinian Friary. Not far away from that place, the new, just two year old library was busy.
A lovely art exhibition was launched few days ago and seemed to have been a success because a lot of people were visiting the library as well. The exhibition was varied not only by the age of the artists but by the paintings too. Local and foreign landscapes in each season were painted, local people and warships too. Some of them are already sold but they’re still on exhibition for our pleasure.
The library is colourful and welcoming; a lovely courtyard is sometimes open for events and brings light in the library whenever the sun is shining. If someday you drive through Dunmore, take a break and visit it as well as the library, you won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Man Booker Prize Longlist

Irish authors William Trevor, Colm Tóibín and Ed O'Loughlin are among the 13 writers on the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
Trevor, who has been shortlisted four times for the Man Booker Prize, is longlisted for 'Love and Summer'.
Tóibín, who has been shortlisted twice, is longlisted for 'Brooklyn'.
'Not Untrue & Not Unkind' is O'Loughlin's debut novel.

The other 10 longlisted authors are: AS Byatt ('The Children's Book'), JM Coetzee ('Summertime'), Adam Foulds ('The Quickening Maze'), Sarah Hall ('How to Paint a Dead Man'), Samantha Harvey ('The Wilderness'), James Lever ('Me Cheeta'), Hilary Mantel ('Wolf Hall'), Simon Mawer ('The Glass Room'), James Scudamore ('Heliopolis') and Sarah Waters ('The Little Stranger').
The Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on 8 September, with the winner announced on 8 October.