Friday, 29 October 2010

Rolling Sun Book Festival

Have you heard about the inaugural Rolling Sun Book Festival, to be held in Westport over the weekend of November 12 to 14 next?

The quirky boutique festival aims to evoke the deep layers of our Celtic traditions – bardic and poetic, musical and carnival, cultural and spiritual peppered with a cocktail of craic and a soupcon of daftness.

And where better to do that than in the shadow of the ancient spiritual mountain, Croagh Patrick.

Fancy gaining a deeper understanding of the lyricism and shadowed layers of award-winning writer, Claire Keegan’s works.

“The feel for the form of the Wicklow-born writer Claire Keegan is as unwavering as if she had first begun to sing opera in the mountains without ever having a music lesson. Her subversive stories are written with the sureness of touch possessed by only the most natural of musicians,” Eileen Battersby in the Irish Times.

Longford-born critic and writer, Belinda McKeon interviews Ms Keegan after she has read from her work in the Plaza Hotel on Saturday morning, November 13.

Later that evening, Belinda will read from her own work at the Sea, Sky and Shore Gallery on James Street.

Put poet Paul Durcan and Cór Mhaigh Eo together in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday night with a recital of songs and poetry by this innovative mingling of song and poetry.

The Rolling Sun Book Festival will be opened by Harry Hughes at 9.30pm, at the Clew Bay Hotel, on Friday, November 12.

The full programme is on Facebook (search for Rolling Sun Festival), or, for further information, contact 098 28088.

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