Litríocht - Literature

Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Thursday 12th November, 8pm

Book Launch & Reading: Kate Kerrigan

Local author Kate Kerrigan (Morag Prunty) reads from her new novel, Ellis Island at its official, local launch. A Ballina native, Kate has written seven novels to date – four of them under her own name Morag Prunty. Her last two Kate Kerrigan books, Receipes for a perfect Marriage and The Miracle of Grace – were translated into numerous languages, and both have been optioned for film.

Kate sets much of her work in County Mayo, saying: “I am continuously drawn to writing about the lives of my mother’s and grandmother’s generations. Nostalgia aside, I find that their stories and experiences hold great resonance and relevance for me as a woman today. My people are from County Mayo and I feel privileged to live her now. I am constantly inspired by it rugged beauty, traditions and history – and could not imagine living or writing anywhere else.”

Ellis Island deals with the subject of emigration and is set in rural Ireland and Jazz Age New York.

Adm: €5 / €3 concession. Booking Advised!




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo. 

T: 094 9023733



Thursday 5th November @ 8.00pm

Amongst Women

An evening of poetry, music and prizewinners. Five women writers with Mayo connections present their work:

Geraldine Mitchell (Louisburgh), one of Mayo’s most distinguished writers, recipient of the 2008 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize; Pearl King (Crossmolina), who has read with Anthony Cronin and features regularly at Open Mike events; Aoife Casby (Claremorris) winner of the Edgeworth Poetry Prize and published in Poetry Ireland; Helen Falconer (Killala), author of Primrose Hill and Sky High, two novels published in both the UK and US; and Sally Rooney (Castlebar), published in a Manchester Guardian anthology, and currently studying in Trinity College. Music on the evening will be provided by young singing sensation Elaine Madden, whose recent sell-out debut concert at the Linenhall received a standing ovation. A great celebration of Mayo talent where men are also more than welcome - but on this occasion only in the audience! Come and enjoy!

Adm.: €10 / €7 (concessions)



Friday 27th November @ 8.00pm

Mary Mc Partlan + Vincent Woods

An evening of music and poetry. Mary McPartlan is one of the most talented singers to come out of the Irish scene in recent years. Born in Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim and now living in Galway, she started singing in the early 70s but it wasn't until 2003 that she decided to make music her full time career. Her debut album The Holland Handkerchief was released the following year to resounding critical acclaim and was collectively hailed as one of the finest Traditional albums of the year. Fellow Leitrim-born author, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods (whose oeuvre includes plays At the Black Pig’s Dyke and Song of the Yellow Bittern, and poetry collections The Colour of Language and Lives and Miracles) has written songs for Mary’s acclaimed album Petticoat Loose. A former Mayo Writer-in-Residence, Vincent will be reading from his work during the evening.Musical accompaniment for the night is by acclaimed guitarist Garry Ó Briain.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)




The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              




Reading by Paul Durcan at  Cartlon Atlantic Hotel

Thursday November 26th 2009

Custom House Studios are pleased to host a reading by poet Paul Durcan at the Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport Quay, Co Mayo, on Thursday November 26th 2009 at 8.30pm. Paul Durcan will read from his recently published book, Life Is A Dream - 40 Years of Reading Poetry. Tickets for Paul Durcan’s reading at the Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport Quay, on Thursday November 26th 2009, are available from Custom House Studios, The Quay Westport.  098-28735.     






The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend is a celebration of the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh, Ireland’s best loved poet.

This event has established itself as one of Ireland’s most enjoyable cultural weekends.  Taking its cue from Kavanagh himself, who was always engaged with aspects of Irish society and culture in its broadest meaning?

The excellent programme of events is full and varied to tempt all tastes and includes lectures, poetry, art, music, drama, storytelling and craic.

For information and booking: Ph. 00353 (0) 42 9378560