Saturday 5th Oct.
11.00 - 13.00
A writing workshop with Alice Lyons
Make Every Line Sing / Make Every Hour Count
A poetry workshop by Alice Lyons for writers of all levels. In a supportive atmosphere, we will try techniques that help make every word in a poem pull its weight. We will also share strategies for actually getting the writing done, what Nuala Ní Dhomnhaill calls 'bum on seat time'.
11.00 - 13.00
A writing workshop with Una Mannion
A Short Fiction Workshop: Thinking on Paper
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” - Lorrie Moore
In this immersive workshop with Una Mannion, writers will consider the key aspects of story: scene, character, plot, conflict, detail and language through the form of micro or flash fiction. Participants will complete a series of exercises through prompts and will then reflect, revise and edit their short narratives, giving themselves space to discover as they write. Whether you like to write fiction, non-fiction, or memoir you will leave the workshop with work started and ideas to create further work.
Set around a small family farm on the edge of a bog, a few miles from the river Shannon, Minor Monuments is a live audio-visual essay unfolding from the landscape of the Irish midlands. Taking in the physical and philosophical power of sound and music, and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, Ian Maleney questions the nature of home, memory, and the complex nature of belonging. The show weaves live reading with voice recordings, music, the ambient sound of the landscape from Ian’s home place, and original film footage shot by Jamie Goldrick.
A thought-provoking and quietly devastating meditation on family and loss, Minor Monuments is a beautiful and unique literary experience.
This is the first show from the new arts publication and production company Holy Show. It’s based on the widely acclaimed book, Minor Monuments, published by the unstoppable hit-makers, Tramp Press.
Holy Show is a new publication and production company launched in 2019. It published issue 01 of Holy Show, magazine of Irish life and culture featuring the work of artists from a variety of art forms, in July 2019. Minor Monuments: A Live Audio-Visual Essay is its first production and is touring to 12 venues and festivals in 2019 and 2020.
Ian Maleney Writer / performer;
Jamie Goldrick Film-maker;
Brendan Mac Evilly Creative Producer
Alice Lyons and Una Mannion
Una Mannion is programme chair of the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo where Alice Lyons lectures on the BA (Hons) Writing + Literature course there. Alice and Una read from their work and discuss it with Sarah Searson, Director, The Dock. They are joined by Rhona Trench, Programme Chair of the BA in Performing Arts at IT Sligo, to talk about the institute's recent developed Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Celbrated actor Adrian Dunbar reads from the work of John McGahern.
John McGahern Memorial Lecture
'At Home in the World: John McGahern, the Local and the Global.'
Luke Gibbons delivers the inaugual John McGahern Memorial Lecture. Entitled ''At Home in the World: John McGahern, the Local and the Global’, the lecture discusses how McGahern's work balances a fidelity to the local with an openness to the stranger, the newcomer, the outsider.
John McGahern Award
Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Enda McGloin, presents the 2019 John McGahern Award for Literature.
Edergole Kitchen provide a vegan buffet specially prepared for Iron Mountain.
Michael Harding reads from his work and talks to Vincent Woods
Marian Keyes reads from her work and talks to Vincent Woods
Sunday 6th Oct.
Bus to Iron Mountain Session
Bus departs from The Dock, Carrick on Shannon for the Iron Mountain Session in Rynn's Pub, Ballinagleara.
Readings and Music
Iron Mountain session
Iron Mountain joins with the Ballinagleara Traditional Music Festival for the Iron Mountain Session with readings and music in Rynn's Bar, Ballinaglera, at the foot of Sliabh an Iarainn. The session features Néillidh Mulligan, Mohammad Saif-Khan, Mary McPartlan, Edwina Guckian, Adrian Dunbar and Vincent Woods among others.
Bus returns to The Dock Carrick on Shannon