READING A CLASSIC SHORT STORY WITH GERRY BOLAND
SATURDAY 21ST JULY, 10.30AM – 12.30PM
THE SPOOL FACTORY, €12
This short fiction workshop, led by author Gerry Boland, will analyse a classic short story, selected by Gerry for this intriguing exploration of the short story form. The session will open with an interactive discussion on what makes a great short story. This will be followed by a close reading of the chosen story (copies will be handed out beforehand), followed in turn by a detailed discussion. There will be opportunities to do some original writing, attempting to put into practice some of the things learned from the reading and the discussion. This workshop is ideal for anyone who has an interest in the short story form, even if they have never written a story themselves.
Gerry Boland’s first collection of short stories, The Far Side of Happiness, was published earlier this year. Gerry is a poet and author of nine published books. Since moving from Dublin to north Roscommon he has focused on writing poetry and short stories for adults and for young readers. He is an experienced facilitator of writing workshops for adults and for children.
CREATING DRAMA – WHAT’S IN A PLAY? A PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROSE BYRNE
SATURDAY 21ST JULY, 2.30PM– 4.30PM
THE SPOOL FACTORY, €12
In this Playwriting Workshop, Rose Byrne will discuss the essential elements of writing a short play for stage. She will outline the differences between a short story and a stage play and will discuss the essential elements needed to create a piece of drama – a play. Participants will take part in writing exercises which will help them put into practice the elements discussed, thus enabling them to begin work on writing a short play.
Rose Byrne writes short stories, screenplays and plays. She won the Longford Literary Award in 2014 and was runner-up in the New Roscommon Writing Award in 2014 and 2016. One of her short plays was selected and performed in Cruthu Arts Festival, Longford last year and another short play was performed in King House, Boyle. She also had a radio play produced and several Flash Plays in rehearsed readings in The Dock, Carrick on Shannon. Her short stories and articles have been published in various anthologies and newspapers.
POETRY WORKSHOP with JESSAMINE O CONNOR
SUNDAY 22ND JULY, 2.30PM – 4.30PM
THE SPOOL FACTORY, €12
In this contemporary poetry workshop, facilitated by Jessamine O Connor, participants will do some short writing exercises based on poems from Ireland and abroad, while reading and listening to recent poems. There will be a selection of journals to look through, and group discussion of how and where best to send your work. This will be a lively, informative workshop, with a focus on discovering new poets and beginning your own fresh pieces. Tea and coffee provided.
Jessamine O Connor has won the iYeats, Francis Ledwidge, and Poetry Ireland Butlers Cafe poetry competitions, and been short listed for the Hennessy Literary Award, Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year, Cuirt New Writer, Bradshaw Books, Leaf Books, and the Red Line Book Festival poetry competitions. She facilitates The Hermit Collective, and The Wrong Side of the Tracks Writers. Her fifth chapbook “Pact” has been well received and her first full collection is due out with Salmon in early 2020.
SINGING WORKSHOP WITH TIM DENNEHY
THURSDAY 26TH JULY, 8PM-9.30PM
DODD’S THE CRESCENT BAR, €5 (ALLOWS FREE ENTRY TO SINGERS NIGHT)
Tim Dennehy was born in Ballinskelligs and later moved to Caherciveen, Co. Kerry . Both his parents were singers and were inheritors of a vast store of songs and stories in the Irish language and he is a founder member of the Goilin Club, Dublin.
Tim, one of the finest singer/songwriters of the present time has just published his 6th Album, – “Old boots and flying sandals” with many of his own compositions. These songs have been shared with audiences all over Ireland and throughout Europe and U.S.A. where he regularly performs at festivals and song workshops
DESIGN A CANVAS BAG WITH HULLABALOO
SATURDAY 28TH JULY, 10.00AM – 11.30AM
ARDCARNE GARDEN CENTRE €20 (includes materials)
Hullabaloo are running a canvas tote bag design workshop – we will provide you with a plain canvas bag and a huge choice of material, fabric paints, net, feathers, beads, sequins and faux flowers to create your very own designer piece. As long as you have basic sewing skills you will be able to join in with this class, and we will have the glue guns on stand by….