Poet John W. Sexton is this year’s Festival Writer in Residence.
He has worked with local groups gathering stories and turning them into performance pieces to be premiered on Saturday 5 October at Lough Derg Yacht Club.
For Culture Night, on 20th September in the Steeples Cafe, John will present his own new work, An Ormond Aisling, inspired by his research of local pagan folklore and mythology.
This is a free event – no booking necessary
DNLF is proud to present a new book of stories about mythical creatures written by local school children in workshops with writer Nigel Quinlan. Their stories have been beautifully illustrated by visual artist Carine Arnakis. We invite you to hear some of the stories read by their young creators.
Jackie Gorman, an emerging poet, will start off the evening with a short reading from her debut collection.
Maggie Wadey, author of The English Daughter, a novel based on her mother’s stories of life growing up in nearby Puckane, Nenagh. Maggie’s book is at once a real-life memoir, a detective story and a family saga. She will read from and discuss her work with local historian, Danny Grace. Danny has has published books on the parish of Monsea & Killodiernan, the Famine in Nenagh Poor Law Union and more recently, the Centenary History of Kiladangan GAA Club.
Please note this venue is not Wheelchair Accessible.
This workshop will consider what makes a good poem. Jane Clarke will lead a series of writing exercises aimed at developing quality poetry. Attendees will go away with new work and ways of improving their work. All levels of experience welcome.
ENTRY: €40 (INCLUDES LUNCH) – TO BOOK EMAIL: INFO@DNLF.IE
Brilliant and funny performance poet, Siobhán MacMahon, will read and chat in convivial café surroundings.
- 10.30am – 11.15am Cinnamon Alley, Hanly’s Place, Nenagh
- 11.30am – 12.15pm Deborah’s Café, 16 Silver Street, Nenagh
FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING NECESSARY
Each year we invite local primary school children to send us their poems on a theme. At this special event, poet Geraldine Mitchell will announce competition prize winners and read her favourite entries in the company of those who took part. Everyone welcome.
Poet John W. Sexton is this year’s Festival Writer in Residence. He has been working with local people, gathering their stories and helping them create stories and performance pieces. This is your chance to see and hear their work.
Relax as you take a stroll through Nenagh in the company of Kevin Whelan, your guide to the Town’s history, from its Norman origins to the present day. Visit the splendid Castle, Gaol and Abbey and get an insight into famous events and the people who shaped the Town. The walk is very gentle and will cover a distance of approximately 1km (0.6 miles).
Enjoy an evening in the company of poet Jane Clarke and novelist Donal Ryan, who will read from their work and discuss their writing.
Siobhán McSweeney, actor and star of Derry Girls, will open the evening by reading one of her own short stories. This event will be chaired by Edel Coffey.
Enjoy Sunday brunch at Steeples Cafe while Jane Clarke and Geraldine Mitchell read poems by their colleague and friend, Shirley McClure, who died in 2016. After Shirley’s death, Jane edited a collection of her poems, Origami Doll, that was published earlier this year. Jane and Geraldine will read for you and discuss why Shirley McClure was an important figure in their lives and in the Irish poetry landscape.
Take some time out and relax in this meditation session designed to calm the mind and create positive energy. You’ll be guided in the meditation by Desmond Gough who regularly runs meditation retreats at Jampa Ling Buddhist Meditation Centre in County Cavan. No experience is necessary.
FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING NECESSARY
Join us on board the Ku-Ee-Tu as it launches from Dromineer Harbour. Meet nature documentary maker Eoin Warner, who will discuss how his love of the natural world has shaped his life and work. Eoin will be in conversation with poet Eleanor Hooker. Tickets for this event cannot be pre-booked but will be available before it begins at Dromineer Harbour
Fee: €13/€10 – Available at event.
Novelist Niamh Boyce will read from and discuss her award winning novel, Her Kind. Based on the life of Alice Kytler, a powerful, wealthy money-lender in 14th Century Kilkenny. Niamh’s book is a vivid re-imagining of the events leading to Ireland’s first witch trials. Niamh will be in conversation with writer and academic Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Music from singer, Dylan Rooney and cellist, Gráinne Higgins will enhance the atmosphere within the walls of Nenagh Castle.
DRESS WARMLY AND EVEN BRING A CUSHION. THIS VENUE IS NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE.