Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Dromineer Literary Festival

Planning to hit Tipperary the first weekend in October? There's lot going on.

Poetry: Thurs Oct 3 Michael Longley, Mark Roper, Jennifer Matthews

Prose: Sat Oct 5 Julian Gough, Donal Ryan, Paul Lynch, Alan McMonagle
Prose: Sun Oct 6 Theo Dorgan, Nicki Griffin

Poetry: Sun Oct 6 John W. Sexton, Maighread Medbh, Patrick Deeley, Susan Millar DuMars, Kate O'Shea, Adam White, John Saunders and Michael Gallagher
The tenth annual Dromineer Literary Festival will take place October 3-5, Thursday to Sunday, next month.  With support from the Arts Council, the Arts Office of North Tipperary County Council and the generosity of local sponsors, the festival committee have planned an exciting programme for 2013 that will include established and emerging writers.

For the festival's poetry evening and in celebration of the All Ireland Poetry Day, much loved poet, Michael Longley, will read alongside poet Mark Roper and emerging poet Jennifer Matthews at 8pm, Thursday evening, October 3 at Lough Derg Yacht Club, in Dromineer
Abbot Mark Hederman will officially open the festival on Friday evening October 4, at 7.30pm at Lough Derg Yacht Club.  The winners of the schools Poetry Competition and the adults' poetry and flash short stories will be announced.  The judges this year are: Mary Arrigan, Primary Schools Poetry Competition, Jean O'Brien, Poetry Competition and John MacKenna, Flash Short Story Competition.  Niamh Hogan and Stewart Andrews, actors with the Nenagh Players, will read the adults winning entries.
The Meet the Authors event will take place at the Nenagh Arts Centre at 8pm on Saturday night, October 5.  Multi-award winning, Nenagh born authors, Julian Gough and Donal Ryan will be joined on stage by acclaimed, and fellow rising authors Paul Lynch and Alan McMonagle. 
DLF committee member Paul O'Dwyer, an author, broadcaster and Dentist, will facilitate the conversation, readings and discussion by the authors. To get the most of the evening, we encourage the audience to read the books by these authors in advance of the event, all details can be found on our website  The Nenagh Arts Centre are taking bookings through their booking line, 067 34400.  
At lunchtime Sunday October 6, from 11.45am until 2.45pm, the festival will celebrate the rich diversity of new poetry published in Ireland in 2013 with The Launching Party.   Writers and poets participating in this event are: John W. Sexton, Maighread Medbh, Patrick Deeley, Susan Millar DuMars, Kate O'Shea, Adam White, John Saunders and Michael Gallagher.  Poet Jean O'Brien will introduce each writer and will read from her own work at the end of the event.  We are delighted that poet, Adam White, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize for his debut collection Accurate Measurements. The winners will be announced in London, October 1.
From 3-5pm, Sunday afternoon October 6, afloat on Lough Derg, author and poet Theo Dorgan and Nicki Griffin will read from their new books Making Way `and The Skipper and Her Mate.  Places on board are strictly limited, to avoid disappointment, please book early by emailing 
The festival will conclude with drama and music from John Faulkner and Members of The Nenagh Players, from 6pm at The Whiskey Still in Dromineer village.
The festival artist this year is Galway based Dolores Lyne.  Lyne's wonderful exhibition, By Water, will be on view, with works for sale, at Lough Derg Yacht Club, throughout the weekend.
Programme link with prices here

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