Litríocht - Literature


Mayo County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce the exciting lineup for the 2009 Force 12 Writers’ Weekend which is taking place this year from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June in Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Patrick Cotter will direct the weekend, with a host of well-known writers including Billy Ramsell, Clare Wigfall, John Corless, Liz O’Donaghue, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan and William Wall and Writer-in-Residence Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. The weekend is very much dedicated to visiting writers groups and it will provide a great opportunity for Mayo writers to interact with groups from all over the country.

The programme for the weekend is designed to be an informal and relaxed event. It allows a platform for unpublished writers to read from their work and also to meet other writers to discuss writing.

On Saturday morning and afternoon there will be workshop opportunities in poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Short Story and Reading in Public. There will be readings by professional guest writers on the Friday and Saturday evenings with participating writer’s groups on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  The readings on Sunday will be followed by a farewell lunch.

This event is organised by Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with Áras Inis Gluaire and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Attendance at all events is free. Places at the workshops are limited, so it is essential to book by Friday 5th June.

If you wish to attend any of the events or require further information please contact: Mayo County Council Arts Office at 094 9024444, ext. 7558 & 7560.


Léamh le Éilís Ní Dhuibhne | Reading with Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Scríbhneoir Cónaitheach Force 12 Writer in Residence

Déardaoin 11ú Meitheamh | Thursday 11th June

Leabharlann Chaisleán an Bharraigh @ 7:30 Castlebar Library

Rugadh Éilís Ní Dhuibhne i mBaile Átha Cliath i 1954. Tá go leor úrscéalta, drámaí stáitse agus raidió tagtha óna peann. Tá gradaim go leor bronnta ar a cuid saothair, Gradam Stewart Parker don Drámaíocht, trí Ghradaim Bisto do leabhair do pháistí, Gradam Chumann Meiriceánach an Léinn Éireannaigh don Phrós, agus gradaim éagsúla an Oireachais d’úrscéalta agus drámaí. Múineann sí an scríbhneoireacht cruthaitheach agus is ball d’Áosdána í. 

Éilis Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin in 1954. She has written many novels, collections of short stories, plays for stage and radio. Her work has won many literary awards, including the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, three Bisto awards for children’s books, American Association of Irish Studies Award for  Prose, and several Oireachtas awards for novels and play. She is a member of Aosdána.


THE PEN & INK CLUB, KILTIMAGH                             

Terry McDonagh 086 8861853.

Meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the

Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh @7.30pm.



The Quay, Westport

T: 098-28735.              


Reading of Poetry by Ger Reidy and Terry Mc Donnagh

At the Creel Westport Quay.

26th June 2009 8.00pm


Achill Heinrich Böll Association

Cyril Gray Memorial Hall Dugort Achill

June 10th 8.30pm.

Poetry reading by; - Chris Agee & Vojka Dikic



Linenhall St,



T: 094 9023733




Thursday 18th June @ 8.00pm

Kim Rosen - Saved by a Poem: an evening of Poetry, Music and Inspiration

Kim Rosen is a poet performance artist and teacher of self inquiry who explores poetry's power to awaken, inspire and heal. In this evening, she interweaves the poetry of Mary Oliver, Rumi, W.B. Yeats and many others with music, insight and audience interaction to create a magical presentation inviting people to discover the true power of poetry “as an affirmation or prayer... which can bring every level of being into alignment with what matters most to you.”

Adm.: €10 / €8 (concessions)