Friday, 24 September 2010

Fingal’s Annual Writers’ Festival 1st – 26th October 2010

When: 1st – 26th October 2010

Performing Poetry: A Workshop with Máighréad Medbh
Monday 4th October / 7.00pm
Malahide Library

The ability to present your poetry to an audience is a skill quite separate from the writing. The term ‘performance poetry’ conjures up images of Rap, Hip-Hop and Dub artists, but it covers a range from those who simply recite their work to those who use multimedia effects, dramatic movement and music. This workshop will focus on the basics of poetry performance: projection, movement, tone and image, with the understanding that what you are trying to present to an audience is the particular nature of your own work and your individual personality. Máighréad will provide the benefit of her experience and take you through practical exercises designed to help you project your gift in a way that suits you.
Please bring along – or learn off – a few poems which you would like to work on, or poems by another poet which you would like to perform. The workshop will benefit poets who wish to build up confidence in presenting their work, or those who want to improve their skills and get feedback.

Screenwriting Workshops
Saturday 2nd October / 10.00am – 5.00pm and Saturday 9th October / 10.00am – 1.00pm
Blanchardstown Library

Introduction to Screenwriting

If you are interested in writing for the screen, but are not sure how it all works, this one-day workshop is designed to set you on the right track. The workshop aims to provide insight and advice on the craft of screenwriting by taking participants through the process of transforming creative ideas into a format that will work for the screen.

Participants will learn the basic elements of storytelling – plot, narrative structure, character, point of view, dialogue – as they are applied to the visual medium. No previous experience or knowledge of screenwriting is necessary. There will be a number of collaborative writing exercises throughout the day. This workshop is facilitated by Caroline Earley.

* An Open Mic for Poets
* Wednesday 6th October / 7.00pm
* Swords Castle

This is an inclusive event in which poets – whether established or beginners – can perform their work in front of an audience. Poets are invited to bring along their best poems – they will be able to register their interest to read on the night. The audience is invited to bring along an open and appreciative mind. The open mic session will be preceded by readings from our guest poets, Colm Keegan and Dave Lordan.

This event will be facilitated by avant-garde poet, Christodoulos Makris, who co-founded the Poetry Upfront series of readings and events in 2005. His poems have appeared in many journals in Ireland and elsewhere, and his chapbook, Round the Clock, was published in 2009 by Wurm Press. He is the Dublin regional editor for Succour magazine. For more information please visit:

The Drivetime Diarists Live
Friday 15th October / 7.30pm
Farmleigh House

Presented in association with RTÉ. Ireland’s number one drivetime radio show is presented by the journalist and former RTÉ legal affairs editor, Mary Wilson.

As part of Writing 3.0 – Fingal’s Annual Writers’ Festival, RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime presents a special evening with its award-winning radio diarists. Mary Wilson will introduce bestselling novelist, Joseph O’Connor; acclaimed commentator, Olivia O’Leary; and CEO of Barnardo’s Ireland, Fergus Finlay who will all read from some of their most memorable diaries in the wonderful setting of Farmleigh House.

Creative Writing Workshop and Reading
with Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Writing workshops: 10.30am – 1.00pm
and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Reading: 7.30pm
But I think these are booked out.

* Blogging for Fun and for Work
* Wednesday 20th October / 7.00pm
* Balbriggan Library

Blogging is an important medium in today’s tech savvy world, and has revolutionised writing and journalism. This event aims to give a voice to those recognised for helping to establish this medium in an Irish context. Participants include: award-winning bloggers, Suzy Byrne and Annie Rhiannon; journalist and blogger, Sinead Gleeson; analyst, commentator, editor and blogger, Eoin Purcell; and Darren Byrne, who runs the group blog,

* An Audience with John Banville
* Wednesday 20th October / 7.30pm
* The Library, Farmleigh

Critically acclaimed writer, John Banville, will introduce three new Fingal writers in the intimate library setting of Farmleigh. Pauline O’Hare, Niamh McAlister and Brian Doherty were selected from an open writing competition initiated by artist Brian Duggan. Duggan is currently undertaking a Public Art Commission for Fingal County Council, developing a film which involves an unconventional journey and uses the Fingal landscape as its backdrop. The artist invited Fingal writers to respond to the theme, ‘3009’, and submit a piece of short fiction. The winners were then finally selected by John Banville, and will be included in Brian’s book, which will accompany his project. We are delighted to highlight the talents of these writers during Writing 3.0 and treat the audience to excerpts from the winning stories. Brian will also be available to discus the development of his commission to date.

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