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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo

T: 096 73593



‘An Evening in Mayo’ with Michael Longley

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to present poet Michael Longley in this special reading of some of his ‘Mayo poems’ on Saturday 21st February, 8pm. 

Michael Longley was described by Seamus Heaney as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. He is a central figure in the contemporary Irish poetic landscape and has created a body of work which ensures his importance in the continued evolution of that landscape.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Wilfred Owen Award.  He has won the Whitbread Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry and the Librex Montale Prize.  

For over 40 years, Longley has been regular visitor to west County Mayo. In that time, he has written many poems set in the county.

The evening will be introduced by Fr. Enda McDonagh, retired professor of Moral Theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.   Tickets: €15 / €12. Booking advised.

 Westport Writing Retreats | Group Workshop led by SixPens

A Weekend Writing Experience at Old Rectory Retreat, Knappagh, Westport.

With Fiona Keane and Fin Keegan.

Spring : April, 2015 Friday 17th – Sunday 19th

Summer : June, 2015. Friday 19th – Sunday 21st.

Autumn : October, 2015: Friday 16th- Sunday 18th

The Old Rectory Retreat provides peace and space, with food and accommodation, for writers, both beginners and seasoned. You may continue work you have started or start to find your own voice. Organised Weekend Writing Retreats are time for you - an opportunity to devote a dedicated space to your writing with the stimulating guidance of our leaders and the support and company of like-minded people, in an inspiring, friendly environment,

Information and Bookings

Contact Róisín at 087 7764820



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