Monday, 16 June 2008

More on Festivals

An article on creative writing breaks in Friday's Irish Times highlighted these festivals, some of which are new to me.

The Flat Lake Literary and Arts Festival. Aug 23-24th.
This new festival apparently has a good vibe. Clones, Co Monaghan.
High art meets popular culture. Seamus Heaney, Paul Moldoon, Edna O'Brien and Ciaran Carson.

49th Yeats International Summer School. July 26th to August 8th.
An international and academic flavour. Sligo.
Poetry Readings, Plays, Outings and visits to places of Yeatsian interest, etc.

Kinsale Arts Week. July 12th-20th.
What more excuse do you need to visit Kinsale, Co Cork?
Theatre, Workshops, Visual Arts, Literature, Comedy.

Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival. July 19th to 25th.
I asked the organisers if I could read and they didn't even respond so I'd give this a miss, if I were you. Monasterevin, Co Kildare.

NUIG John McGahern International Summer Seminar 24th-26th July and School 27th July to 2nd August.
Aimed at the US market I think. Co Leitrim.

West Cork Literary Festival. 6th-12th July 2008
Bantry, Co Cork.
Oisin McGann, Joseph O'Connor, Paul Durcan, Colum McCann, Colin Dexter, Arthur Mathews, Sally Elsbury, Matthew Sweeney, John Waters, Dog Tail Soup, Selma Dabbagh, Eoghan Harris, Jennifer Johnston, Peter Fallon, Kate O'Riordan, Rowan Gillespie, Vanessa Gebbie, Monica Boyle, Kenneth Irvine, Colm O'Riain & Pireeni Sundaralingam, Veronica Coburn, Colin Vearncombe, Mia Gallagher, Derek Mahon, Derek Landy, Deirdre Purcell, Dervla Murphy, Kevin Barry, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Ciaran Nagle & Tara Novak, Carlo Gebler, Susan O'Toole, Michael Collins, Sean Lusk, Bernard O'Donoghue, Christopher Fitz-Simon, Hazel Vickery, James Harpur, Joyce Russell, Michael McCarthy, John Draper, Kenneth Irvine, Chuck Kruger, David Bajo, David Mitchell, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Ann Kelley, Alannah Hopkin, Elise Blackwell, Michael Thorsnes, John Toomey.
Workshops and readings.

Kilkenny Arts Festival. 8th-17th August
Theatre, music, literature, visual arts, children's events and street performances, featuring International, Irish and local artists, in wonderful venues all over Kilkenny City and County.

Merriman Summer School. Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 August
Pays homage to the 18th century poet Brian Merriman. Ennis, County Clare

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