PROGRAMME 2016

Friday 7th Oct.

19.30

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Reception

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20.00

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Welcome

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20.20

Reading

Anne Enright

Reads from her work and talks to Vincent Woods about writing and her work as Laureate for Irish Fiction.

21.00

Reading

Fermata, Poets and Writers on Music

Music and readings to mark the publication of the book ‘Fermata, Poets and Writers on Music’ – with special guests Néillidh Mulligan (uilleann piper), Mary McPartlan (singer), Tommy Guihen (concert flute), editors Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods and some of the contributors to ‘Fermata’.

Saturday 8th Oct.

9.30

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Bus to Sliabh an Iarainn (Rynn's Bar)

Departs from the Dock, Carrick on Shannon.

10.00

Talk

Sam Moore - Landscape and mythology

Ahead of the field trip to Sliabh an Iarainn, archaeologist Sam Moore leads a talk on the rich mythology and folklore associated with the mountain and the surrounding region and talks about some of the features to be found there.

11.10

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Tea/Coffee

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11.00

Field Trip

Field Trip - Sliabh an Iarainn

Please note that this field trip takes place over uneven ground. All those attending should wear suitable footwear and bring raingear. Field trip lasts approximately one hour.

13.30

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Shane McCorristine - A Power in Darkness

Geographer and writer Shane McCorristine explores concepts of the coal mine as a haunted     space and discusses the history of premonition in relation to mining accidents in England in the nineteenth century.

14.15

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‘The Weir and other Stories’ - ‘The Weir and other Stories’

Playwright Conor McPherson reads from his work and discusses some of the landscapes that have inspired his plays.

15.00

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Panel Discussion

 Vincent Woods talks to Shane McCorristine and Conor McPherson about place, memory, and the role of literature in shaping an understanding of history and human experience. 

16.00

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Keith Hopper - ‘Bends for Home’ – Landscape and language in the work of John McGahern and Dermot Healy.

Followed by the launch of two books co-edited by Keith Hopper with Neil Murphy and published by Dalkey Archive Press: Dermot Healy - The Collected Plays and Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy.

17.00

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John McGahern Award

Mary Bohan, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, presents the inaugural John McGahern Award for Fiction to Phil Kearney Byrne.

17.20

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Break

During the break, there will be a tour of the current exhibition at the Dock which features work by artists Gary and John Coyle.

19.20

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Dominic Stevens

Architect and self build advocate Dominic Stevens talks about his work, our understanding of the vernacular, and the importance of ownership and involvement with the buildings we design, build and inhabit. Followed by discussion and Q&A.

20.00

Discussion

‘Bird Clouds in the Drumlins’

Annie Proulx and Dominic Stevens discuss modern architecture, nature/the natural environment/the environment and the challenges of building a home in the place you love.

20.30

Reading

Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx reads from her work, followed by discussion and Q&A. Annie Proulx is one of the world’s leading authors and the recipient of numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. Her most recent novel is Barkskins.