Dromineer Literary Festival October 1st to 4th 2015

Highlights 2015: 



Peter Sheridan’s One-man play ’44 Seville Place’

Thursday Oct. 1 8pm Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Sq. Nenagh



Poetry Evening with George Szirtes, Pascale Petit, Billy Ramsell, introduced byThomas McCarthy.

Friday Oct. 2 8pm Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Sq. Nenagh


The Launching Party with Breda Wall Ryan, Victoria Kennefick, Maeve O’Sullivan, introduced by George Szirtes

Saturday Oct. 3 4pm Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer


Dánta Ghrádha – Irish love poems through the ages with Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh,Caitríona Ní Chléirchín. Chaired by Dave McAvinchey. With music by harpist,Laura Hogan.

Sunday Oct. 4 4pm Nenagh Castle, Banba Sq. (NB Dress Warmly)


‘Mindfulness – A Meditation’

A discussion with Mary McEvoy, Fr. Columba McCann OSB, Mary O’Callaghan. Chaired by Pat Kelly.

Saturday Oct. 3 8pm Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Sq. Nenagh



Labyrinth – an exhibition by award winning Tipperary photographer, Lisa Griffin. Her evocative and surreal photographs will be on view & for sale at Lough Derg Yacht Club & Nenagh Arts Centre.



Songwriting – with award winning Tipperary singer & songwriter, Molly Sterling, who will also perform some of her songs.

Aboard The Spirirt of Killaloe, meet in the public harbour, Dromineer at 11.30am



Poetry Masterclass with George Szirtes

How NOT to mess up your submission’ with Sarah Davis-Goff & Lisa Coen, from the exciting and innovative, Tramp Press.

Secondary School Transition Year Workshops with writer and editor, Claire Hennessy


From its first event in November 2004, the Dromineer Literary Festival has grown into a much loved and warmly anticipated event on the autumn literary calender. It’s a testament to the hard work of the volunteer committee that the festival enjoys the reputation and success it has today; an achievement in which our entire community takes pride. We are grateful to the Arts Council, Tipperary County Council Arts Office and to our local sponsors for their continued support.

Our 2015 programme reflects the diverse and rich talent in today’s literary scene.  The daytime events and workshops will be held in Lough Derg Yacht Club with its breathtaking backdrop, and Nenagh Arts Centre will provide an intimate environment for our evening programme.

For bookings for events at the Yacht Club, please email info@dromineerliteraryfestival.ie or contact the Arts Centre’s booking officehttp://nenagharts.com/ for the events taking place there.

The first event of the festival, Thursday October 1, is Peter Sheridan’s highly commended one-man play, 44 Seville Place. The play, performed by Sheridan himself, is his account of his fabulous and heart-breaking childhood, which, according to theSunday Independent, ‘celebrates the idea of the family in all its chaotic wonder’.

We are delighted and honoured to have the internationally acclaimed poets George Szirtes, Pascale Petit, Billy Ramsell and Thomas McCarthy (chair for the event) reading at our Poetry Evening, Friday evening, October 2. A key philosophy of Dromineer Literary Festival is to celebrate the creativity of emerging writers. This year, Breda Wall Ryan will open the poetry evening with three poems from her debut collection In A Hare’s Eye (Doire Press).

In an exciting departure from the usual Meet the Authors event, on Saturday night we will present Mindfulness  – A Meditation, in which three different perspectives on the concept of mindfulness will be explored by three authorities on the subject: Mary O’Callaghan, psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer; Mary McEvoy, actor, author, farmer and practising Buddhist, and Fr Columba McCann OSBfrom Glenstal Abbey. The event will be chaired by Pat Kelly. This promises to be an extraordinary and enlightening event.

The award-winning writer and editor Claire Hennessy is hosting our Transition Year writing workshops this year. Claire will introduce the group to a valuable approach to writing techniques as well as inspire and enthuse the participants towards future writing.

On Saturday morning, October 3, George Szirtes will host a Poetrty Masterclass Workshop, and Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff (from the exciting and innovative publishing house, Tramp Press) will host a ‘How NOT to mess up your submission’ workshop.  Both workshops take place upstairs at Lough Derg Yacht Club. There is huge demand for places on the workshops each year, so early booking is advised.

On Saturday afternoon in Lough Derg Yacht Club poet George Szirtes will introduceThe Launching Party, readings by three gifted poets who launched poetry books this year: Breda Wall Ryan, Victoria Kennefick and Maeve O’Sullivan.

Competitions encourage new writing and we have had some worthy winners over the years.  Prize-winning short stories and poetry may be enjoyed at the awards ceremonyon Saturday afternoon at Lough Derg Yacht Club.  This year, our poetry judge is Thomas McCarthy. The flash fiction is judged by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa CoenMary Arrigan will once again give her unique and entertaining opinion as judge of the Schools Competition.  This is a very popular event, so be sure to come early for a good seat.

This year we have our first ever Irish language event, Dánta Ghrádha – Irish love poems through the ages, which will take place in the highly atmospheric and recently restored Nenagh Castle. Two outstanding Irish language poets, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, and ancient Irish language expertDavid McAvinchey, will discuss how love is expressed in traditional Irish poetry compared to modern works. Music will be provided by harpist Laura Hogan. Do dress warmly for this event.

Our festival exhibition, Labyrinth, is by young Tipperary artist Lisa Griffin. Lisa’s extraordinarily evocative photographs will be available to view and purchase upstairs in Lough Derg Yacht Club and at Nenagh Arts Centre throughout the festival weekend.

For the highly popular event afloat on Lough Derg, we are delighted to have the talented Tipperary singer and songwriter, Molly Sterling, to discuss her songwriting and perform some of her songs aboard the Spirit of Killaloe. Places are strictly limited, so early booking is essential.

Your continued support is central to the success of this festival, thank you, we look forward to seeing you in October.


Full programme and brochure available to view here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7P46PQVuvDgYXVsYkEwdnpicUE/view


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