Saturday, 20 June 2009

Féile na Gréine Solstice Arts Festival

When: 21 - 23 June

Programme includes
Sunday, Midsummer Day

10.00 am – 1.00 pm Workshops
Creative Writing – Gabriel Fitzmaurice (3 days €55).
A practical writing workshop in fiction, poetry and memoir for the beginner as well as the more experienced writer.

2.00 pm Cannonball Circus
The Fanzini Brothers, Kerry’s popular circus duo, present an entertaining and riveting circus show for all the family. Admission €5. I heard these on the radio (yes, Circus on the radio) and they sounded great.

3.00 pm Official Opening of Festival and Photographic Exhibition
Vincent Woods and John Minihan. Admission free .

4.30 pm Filíocht na nGael: Scottish and Irish Gaelic Poetry
Meg Bateman from Scotland and Micheál Ó hUanacháin from Dublin read their highly personal poetic explorations of contemporary life. Admission free .

Monday, 22 June

10.00 am – 1.00 pm Workshops/Ceardlanna
Creative Writing – Gabriel Fitzmaurice (3 days €55).

1.00 pm Out to Lunch Reading
Poet John McNamee was for many years the guiding force behind a much loved Dublin institution – the Out to Lunch series of readings. Now he ventures south with his own lunchtime poems. Free admission to reading. Lunch 8 euro.
In association with Poetry Ireland.

4.00 pm Reading
Although best known as a dramatist and broadcaster, Vincent Woods is a poet of considerable achievement. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear another side of those dulcet tones.
In association with Poetry Ireland. Admission free.

Tuesday, St. John’s Eve, 23 June
10.00 am – 1.00 pm Workshops
Creative Writing – Gabriel Fitzmaurice (3 days €55).

2.30 pm The Proof of the Creative Writing Pudding
A reading by Gabriel Fizmaurice and members of his creative writing workshop. Admission free.

4.00 pm Reading
Cathal Ó Searcaigh and Paddy Bushe read poems from at home (Donegal and Kerry) and abroad (God knows where!) in both English and Irish. Admission free.


Tine Chnámh na Féil’ Eoin – St. John’s Eve Bonfire
Enjoy a unique “clabhsúr” to the festival at this traditional all singing, all dancing bonfire, with music by the sizzling local group Ardú and members of Kila.

Admission to night time concerts 20Euro (conc. 15euro). Three nights ticket 50Euro.

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