Monday, 5 May 2008

Force 12 Festival - Mayo

Every county seems to have a festival of some kind. The one in Kildare is dedicated to Gerard Manley Hopkins...not my cup of tea, that's for sure. Though if they ask me/pay me to read, I'd be all enthusiastic. It's a bit far away though

The Force 12 Writer's Festival, hosted by Mayo County Council Arts Office, is a weekend of readings and workshops. Jessie Lendennie will direct the weekend, with a host of well-known writers including Maurice Harmon, Frank Golden, Dave Lordan, Anne Le Marquand Hartigan, Lorna Shaughnessy, Kevin Higgins, Susan Millar Du Mars, Joe Woods, Seamus Cashman, Patrick Cotter, Gerald Dawe, Maighread Medbh, Geraldine Mills and Alan Hayes. The weekend offers a wonderful programme of readings and workshops as well as opportunities for unpublished writers to read.

Workshops include: Publishing (Jessie Lendennie & Alan Hayes), Poetry (Anne Hartigan) and Prose (Geraldine Mills). There will also be a lively panel discussion -"Do you have to be a self-promoter to get published?" moderated by Maurice Harmon.

All events, which will run from the 6 - 8 of June in Belmullet, Co. Mayo, are free. Workshop places are limited, call (094) 902-4444, ext. 7558 to book by 23 May 2008.

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