Sunday, 21 September 2008
Castlecomer first writers festival is imaginatively programmed.
When: September 26th to 28th
Where: Castlecomer, Kilkenny
Who's coming: John W. Sexton, Mark Roper, Neville Thompson, Anne Notario, Martina Reilly, Sheila Flanagan and more.
8pm Launch of Festival by local celebrity followed by a firework display.
10:30- 12:30 Workshops
Mark Roper: Poetry
John W Sexton: Writing for Children
Anita Notaro: Book Signing
Martina Reilly. Writing Believable Characters.
11:45 Book Signing: Sheila Flanagan
11:45- 1:00 Workshops
Local History: James Lawless
Fictional Crime: Declan Burke
Political Satire: Garbhan Downey
Creative Writing: Eileen Sheehan
Contemporary Novel Writing: Neville Thompson
2:30- 4:00 Wine and Cheese Reading with Sheila Flanagan
2:30- 4:00 Workshops
Eileen Sheehan: Writing Poetry
James Lawless: Writing a Memoir
Garbhan Downey: Journalism
Martina Reilly. Book Signing
Mark Roper: Poetry for Teenagers
Anita Notaro: Writing a Novel
Declan Burke: Crime Always Pays
“Write Off”. An X Factor style competition with great prizes
Judges John W Sexton, Maurice Shortall, V
and more of the same on Sunday.
P.S. Check out this week's specials in the Guardian/Observer on how to write. Not sure I agree with everything (1,000 words a day max? Why?) but there's words of wisdom in there that do bear repeating.
P.P.S. I hope everyone with a collection-worth of poems is brushing them off for the Patrick Kavanagh competition. I am. At this rate, by the time I win, I'll have paid enough in entry fees to get my money back. But I have to admit, my collection gets better every year. I look at last year's entry and shiver. Deadline 26th September but they often extend it.