Saturday 18th November

 

Workshop ‘Applying for Literature Bursaries and Grants’

With Paul Perry

Westport Town Hall Theatre

11.30am

FREE (booking recommended)

 

Paul Perry will lead a session on how to write standout applications for grants and bursaries – with a focus on Arts Council bursaries and local arts office grants. The session will focus on the art of convincing judging panels that your work is of a high quality, that financial support is necessary, and how to contextualize your work within the wider literary landscape. He will also give an insider's knowledge of the mindset of judging panels and their processes of selection, offering essential advice and tips throughout.

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Paul Perry

Paul Perry is poet, author, translator and artistic director of the Ennis Book Club Festival. He has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James Michener Fellow of Creative Writing at The University of Miami, and a Cambor Fellow of Poetry at The University of Houston. He is the author of five collections of poetry; and together with writer Karen Gillece he is the author (under the penname Karen Perry) of four bestselling thrillers, two of which are currently being adapted for TV and film. He is Creative Writing Fellow at UCD.

 

 

 

 

Reading from ‘Mountains for Breakfast’

By poet Geraldine Mitchell

Green Fuse Gallery

2pm

FREE 

 

Mountains for Breakfast

In tandem with the exhibition showing at the Green Fuse Gallery, Geraldine Mitchell will give a short reading from the collection of poems which inspired the four artists' visual responses. Praised as "a powerful, insightful and moving collection", this is Geraldine Mitchell's third. She has lived west of Louisburgh since 2000 and her poems are inhabited by the wild coastal landscapes that surround her.  Geraldine will be joined by Aoife Casby, poet, short story writer and one of the artists who has responded visually to her work.

 

 

 

 

Armchair Thrillers

On the couch with crime writers Catherine Ryan Howard, Paul Perry and Jane Casey

Clew Bay Hotel

3.15pm

€15 (booking essential)

 

 

Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine's debut thriller, Distress Signals was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017 and the Books Are My Bag IBA Crime Novel of the Year 2016. Pre-publication, it was optioned for TV by Jet Stone Media. Her second thriller, The Liar’s Girl, will be released in March 2018. Catherine began her writing career self-publishing non-fiction and has delivered workshops on the subject for Faber Academy, Publishing Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre, among others. Prior to writing full-time she was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.

Find out more at www.catherineryanhoward.com

 

 

 

Jane Casey

Jane Casey is the author of the bestselling Maeve Kerrigan series of police procedural crime novels. Her first book, The Missing, was published in 2010. The Stranger You Know won the Mary Higgins Clark award in 2015. The same year, After the Fire was named the Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Jane is currently working on the eighth Maeve Kerrigan novel.

 

 

Paul Perry

Paul Perry is poet, author, translator and artistic director of the Ennis Book Club Festival. He has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James Michener Fellow of Creative Writing at The University of Miami, and a Cambor Fellow of Poetry at The University of Houston. He is the author of five collections of poetry; and together with writer Karen Gillece he is the author (under the penname Karen Perry) of four bestselling thrillers, two of which are currently being adapted for TV and film. He is Creative Writing Fellow at UCD.

 

 

 

 

 

A Conversation: Bucket List Books

The ‘must reads’ from Rick O’Shea, Niall MacMonagle and Sally Rooney

Westport Town Hall Theatre

8.30pm

€15 (booking essential)

Rick O’Shea who read a book a week for an entire year should know what he’s talking about when it comes to bucket list books. Rick leads personalities Niall MacMonagle and Sally Rooney through their ‘must reads’. This should be very interesting indeed!

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Rick O’Shea

Rick has been a broadcaster with RTE since 2001, currently presenting weekdays 3-6pm on RTE Gold. He is a regular moderator, interviewer, curator and panellist at book festivals and literary events around the country.

 

In 2014 he set up “The Rick O’Shea Book Club” on Facebook – it’s currently Ireland’s largest book club with over 10,000 members. You can follow him on Twitter @rickoshea or join the Book Club at www.thebookclub.ie

 

 

 

Niall MacMonagle

Niall MacMonagle teacher, editor, broadcaster has published several anthologies including Real Cool, Outside In, The Open Door Book of Poetry, Slow Time, the Lifelines anthologies, TEXT - A Transition Year Reader and most recently the best-selling Windharp Poems of Ireland Since 1916 [Penguin 2015]. A regular contributor to RTE Radio 1, this year he is featuring Jane Austen's novels on Today with Sean O'Rourke and he writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent. In September he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for his services to literature.

 

 

 

Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney was born in Castlebar in 1991. She studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, and her writing has been featured in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, and Granta. Her best selling novel Conversations with Friends is A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century.