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Manchán Magan is an Irish writer, traveller and documentary maker. He has made over 30 travel documentaries focusing on issues of world cultures and globalisation. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times and reports on travel for various radio programmes. He lives in an oak forest in a self-made hovel in the bogs of Ireland.
Manchán Magan will be in conversation with Rosita Boland at Nenagh Arts Centre on Wednesday 2 October.
Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specializing in human-interest stories. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She won ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards. Rosita has recently published Elsewhere, a collection of essays that is a distillation of thirty years of worldwide travel diaries and memorabilia.
Rosita Boland will be in conversation with Manchán Magan at Nenagh Arts Centre on Wednesday 2 October.
Joseph O’Connor is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and broadcaster. He is the author of nine novels including Star of the Sea, Ghost Light and his latest, Shadowplay. Among his awards are the Prix Zepter for European Novel of the Year, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, an American Library Association Award and the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. His work has been translated into forty languages. In 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
Joseph O’Connor will be will be in conversation at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday 3 October with Paula Shields.
Paula Shields has been an arts journalist in London since the 1990s. She has worked in print, TV and now in radio on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Highlights of Paula Shield’s career include an interview with Margaret Atwood, making the IFTA award-winning documentary Fairytale of New York, and judging the 2017 and 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Paula Shields will be in conversation with novelist Joseph O’Connor at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday 3 October.
Maggie Wadey is a novelist and screenwriter. Her mother was born in Puckaun, County Tipperary, while her father was English. She lived
Her first novel Sleight of Heart was published in 1975 and she has since had a career writing for television, both original screenplays and adaptations, including Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park.
In 2016 she published The English Daughter, a work she describes as a memoir of her mother and of Ireland. She has just completed a collection of inter-connected stories Eros in Blue.
Maggie Wadey will be reading from her work and in conversation with local historian, Danny Grace, at Nenagh Heritage Centre on Friday 4 October.
Grace Wilentz is a poet based in the Liberties, Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in Irish, British and American journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Seneca Review, The American Poetry Journal, The Harvard Advocate, Magma, and The Irish Times. Her work has featured as part of a public artwork displayed on the facade of the Abbey Theatre. Her debut pamphlet, Holding Distance, will be launched by the Green Bottle Press at the Poetry Book Society in London in October 2019.
Grace Wilentz will be reading her poetry at Nenagh Arts Centre, prior to the conversation with Anne Griffin, John Boyne and Rick O’Shea on Friday 4 October
Paul McNamara was the 2018 Dromineer and Nenagh Literary festival Writer in Residence. During his time at the festival he began writing the poetry play Hello My Name is Single which would go on the win the 2019 Limerick Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award. His poetry show Quarter Life Crises (2018) featured at Limerick Fringe, Galway Fringe and Galway Culture night and won the Galway Fringe Spoken Word Award. Paul is a two-time All-Ireland Spoken Word Slam Runner-up (2015, 2016), a former Munster Slam Champion (2016) and Yeats’ Tower Slam Champion (2016) and winner of Limerick’s Got Talent (2015). He work has been featured on TV3 and RTÉ Radio and published widely. He spent the past summer studying in Columbia University in New York City funded by an Erasmus+ Grant.
Paul McNamara will be leading workshops for local Transition Year students at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Friday 4 October. 9am-3pm
Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, was published in 2015 to public and critical acclaim. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls will be published in September 2019 and her illustrated poems, All the Way Home, was published in April 2019.
The River was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, given for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place. In 2016 Jane won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award. She was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literary Bursary in 2017.
Jane grew up on a farm in Roscommon and now lives with her partner in County Wicklow, where she combines writing with her work as creative writing tutor and group facilitator.
Jane will lead a poetry masterclass for adults at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Saturday 5 October.
Poetry Masterclass: What makes a good poem? Through a combination of writing exercises, inputs and discussion, acclaimed poet Jane Clarke will lead this masterclass on what makes a good poem. Participants are invited to bring along two poems: one poem they love by another poet and one poem of their own that they’d like to workshop. Poets will go away with new work and ways of improving their work.
Jane will also be reading and discussing her poetry with Donal Ryan at Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday 5 October at 8pm.
Graham Tugwell is an Irish writer and performer. His work has been published across five continents and has been adapted for stage, radio and screen. He is the creator and writer of audio drama podcast Down Below the Reservoir. He lives in the country with his cats, Tiramisu and Banoffee.
Graham will be leading an interactive storytelling workshop, Greetings Heros! for young people aged 6-10 in Nenagh Library on Saturday 5 October.
Greetings Heroes! workshop involves inventing heroes, each with their own powers and abilities and creating adventure stories together. The children drive the action and no two sessions are ever alike.
Greetings Heroes! has been enjoyed by children, parents and teachers in schools, libraries and festivals around Ireland.
Siobhan Mac Mahon is a poet and performer with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She has been writing and performing her poetry for many years in England, Ireland and across Europe. Siobhan won the WOMAD Festival poetry slam in 2017 and was poet in residence for The International Permaculture Conference in 2016. She has been published both online and in print, most recently in a Bloodaxe/ Raving Beauties Anthology, Hallelujah for 50 Foot Women. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey Award for New Irish Writing 2019.
She is actively involved in the “100 Thousand Poets for Change” worldwide movement and runs creative writing workshops in a wide range of diverse communities and settings.
Siobhan Mac Mahon will be leading one of our annual workshops with Transition Year Students and will be reading from her work in our Café Trail on Saturday 5 October.