Next Friday, the 21st September, is Culture Night all over Ireland. There are many events (all free!) but I just want to highlight some literary ones, countrywide, here. Between readings and workshops there is something for everyone. There is even an app!:
The 2012 Dublin Culture Night App is available to download free of charge on both Apple IOS and Android devices. The app is designed to ensure that members of the public have the full list of participating venues, locations and event listings for Dublin Culture Night 2012 available at their fingertips on September 21st. The app will enhance the visitor's experience of Dublin on Culture Night. Just as importantly the app will let visitors make their own mark on the Culture Night experience: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dublin-culture-night/id557919295?mt=8
I will be in Cork for the magnificent Cork International Short Story Festival and I will take part in the Flash Fiction Rapid Fire Reading there. Details below of various Culture Night Lit events, including the one in Cork. Enjoy!!
Flash Fiction Slam at the Cork International Short Story Festival
Friday, 21 September at 11pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: FREE. No booking necessary
In celebration of National Culture Night – a free event consisting of rapid fire readings by a selection of festival authors and specially invited others. Also taking part will be five authors drawn from the Flash Fiction Festival Workshop who will have the opportunity to compete for the Farmgate Cafe €200 Flash Fiction Award. Listen to humour, tragedy and sometimes sheer weirdness. Each story will be less than 500 words long so feel free to stay until midnight or come and go as you please.
James Joyce Centre - Dublin
Come and discover Joyce's Dublin! Located in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, video documentaries, touch-screen computer installations and more will bring you closer to one of Ireland's great modern writers. At 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm renowned lyric tenor Noel O'Grady will perform musical classics from the Joycean repertoire. This is expected to be a hugely popular event. Beginning at 5pm.
Sustainable Writing with Michael Coady and Kit Fryatt – Kilkenny
Sustainable Writing with Michael Coady and Kit Fryatt – Kilkenny. Michael Coady and Kit Fryatt will highlight the various avenues which are available to the poet, not least how one establishes their voice within in the world of poetry. Offering their own insight as professional poets, they will also provide differing views around how this might be achieved and what if anything is success. Looking at issues like publishing, education, funding and writer's festivals, the aim is to explore, demystify and bring grounding to the notion of the writer today. This unique event takes place in the Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny and will be followed by an intimate poetry ready. 6pm.
Creative Writing Workshop & Exhibition of Artwork – Laois
Award winning writer Jean O'Brien will host a creative writing workshop in Portarlington Library to cover diverse genres such as poetry, short story and memoir. This workshop is aimed at giving all aspiring or already practicing writers a taster of the writing process. A Collection of Artwork will also be on display by well-known artists, curated by local artist Celia Deverell. 3pm.
Flash Fiction Dash - Limerick
Four members of The Limerick Writers' Centre fiction writing group, Pat O'Connor, Margaret Cahill, Kevin Liston and Fiona Clarke Echlin, will read their work to visitors attending all the venues in Limerick hosting a Culture Night event. This literary collective, who call themselves 'Fiction Flashers', will be dashing around the city to read three minute pieces to the general public in and around the Culture Night venues such as The Hunt Museum, Limerick Prinkmakers, The Frank McCourt Museum, King John's Castle and other locations. The 'Flashers' will be racing around in a frenzy of fiction to celebrate the written word and introduce themselves to new audiences and would be writers. 5pm.
An Evening with Author Cathy Kelly - Kildare
Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy Kelly initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper Journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper's film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. Cathy Kelly will be reading and talking to audiences at Greystones Library to celebrate Culture Night 2012 and our love of literature. There will be 70 free tickets available for this very popular event. 7.30pm.
‘Come Write a Story’ at Fighting Words – Dublin
Fighting Words is the creative writing based not-for-profit brainchild of Roddy Doyle and the former head of Amnesty International Ireland. The organisation will be holding story-writing workshops for families with primary school children at Behen Square. Participants, with the help of Fighting Words tutors, will start a story together and finish with his or her original ending! 6pm.
The Source Arts Centre and Library Support a Community Reading of Ulysses - Limerick
A very special marathon reading, in celebration of Culture Night in Thurles, will involve 18 Voluntary groups reading a chapter of the epic novel spread over 26 hours non-stop. Reading will continue all through the night and into the next day culminating around noon on Saturday 22nd September. The Source Arts Centre will be a hive of activity as various events and activities take place throughout the building in support of the reading, including a ticketed lunch and evening soirée and meal to raise money for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. 10.30am.