Busy Weekend Of Family Entertainment Ahead as Biggest Ever Literary Festival Takes Place in Nenagh and Dromineer

A busy weekend of workshops, readings, café trails, discussions, walking tours, and the very special literary event on the lake is ahead for the people of Nenagh and Dromineer as the county’s only dedicated Literary Festival finally begins.

This year’s Festival is the biggest ever, over five days, and hosts a packed programme of writers and poets, using Nenagh and Dromineer’s historical, cultural and water-themed venues, from the Castle to the Ku-Ee-Tu, the Heritage Centre to the Yacht Club, and lots in between.

Busy Weekend Of Family Entertainment Ahead as Biggest Ever Literary Festival Takes Place in Nenagh and DromineerAudiences can enjoy the company of a list of well-known authors, including Donal Ryan and Joseph O’Connor, while aspiring authors can take on workshops in fiction and poetry. Children’s and transition year workshops are also available for the younger audience with the results of the school’s poetry competition being announced on Sunday.

The festival brings more events to the town, in response to growing demand, with a Saturday morning café trail in Cinnamon Alley and Deborah’s Café, and a historical walking tour led by Kevin Whelan on Saturday evening. Venues such as the Heritage Centre and the Castle will host events with the Arts Centre being the main venue for much of the town-based programme.

The Arts Centre also hosts an exhibition of paintings by local artist Margaret O’Brien. Margaret’s paintings are primarily in oils and her points of reference are rooted in landscape, exploring the relationship between time and memory, transience and emotion. You can see Margaret O’Brien’s paintings on display throughout the Festival from Wednesday 2 October to Friday 19 October at Nenagh Arts Centre.

For the second year, the Festival hosts a writer in residence. John W. Sexton is a writer of poetry, short stories, radio drama and novels for adults and children. He has been using his experience as a radio playwright, poet and workshop facilitator to lead participants “from life to story to performance” via the written word. He has worked with local people gathering stories and turning them into performance pieces to be premiered on Saturday 5 October at Lough Derg Yacht Club.

Writers John Boyne, Rosita Boland, Niamh Boyce and Anne Griffin join an impressive list of poets to grace the venues of Nenagh and Dromineer. Among them are Grace Willenz, Jackie Gorman, Geraldine Mitchell, Jane Clarke, Moya Roddy, Siobhán McMahon and local woman Eleanor Hooker.

The Committee of the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival would like to thank the Arts Office of Tipperary County Council for their unstinting support for the Festival, and to the staff of Nenagh Arts Centre and the many other venues being used for the Festival this year. Thanks to this support, the Festival is growing in range and popularity to become the kind of event which the county can be proud of.

Full details of the festival programme and details on how to book are on www.dnlf.ie where you can also download the brochure.

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