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Timothy O’Grady – Bealtaine Author In Residence Visits Mayo!

Timothy O’Grady – Bealtaine Author In Residence Visits Mayo!

Reading & Music with Timothy O’Grady & Martin Hayes – May 21st 2015 @ 8pm in Ballina Arts Centre – Booking Required

BEALTAINE 2015 is delighted to announce Timothy O Grady as Author in Residence for this year's BEALTAINE festival.  I could Read the Sky by Timothy and photographer Steve Pyke is this year’s Bealtaine Book.  During Bealtaine 2015 Timothy is taking a journey of ‘writer in residence’ workshops, performances and screenings across Mayo, Cavan, Leitrim & Dublin. 

Timothy O'Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London and Spain. He is the author (with Kenneth Griffith) of Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, and the novels Motherland, which won the David Higham award for the best first novel in 1989, and I Could Read the Sky, which won the Encore award for best second novel of 1997. His book On Golf was published by Yellow Jersey in 2003.

We are delighted that Timothy to visit Mayo on 21stof May as part of his residency.  During his visit, he will read from the novel I could Read the Sky.  Timothy will be joined by renowned Clare fiddler Martin Hayes for the reading which will take place at Ballina Arts Centre at 8pm on the 21st of May.  This is a free event but booking is essential and can be done through Mayo Arts Office 094-9047558 or

 I could Read the Sky  is “The story of an Irish emigrant struggling to possess his life in acts of memory. He is old. He is alone. He is lying in bed at night in the darkness remembering a life of dislocation, of loss, of descent into madness and of redemption through music and love”.  The photo-novel reflects on the experience of Irish emigration; perhaps, never more lyrically set out than in this book, beautiful both for its words and for its images. 

While in Mayo, Timothy will also facilitate a workshop with Ballycastle Writers’ Group in that afternoon of May 21st

Free Screening - I Could Read the Sky – May 14th 2015 @ 2.30pm in National Museum of Ireland – Country Life  – Booking Required

The book subsequently became a film starring author Dermot Healy and Stephen Rea.  It is about landscape and loss in the Irish emigrant experience, set in a Kentish Town bedsit but drifting and stretching towards the Atlantic shores.  There will be a free screening of I could Read the Sky, directed by Nichola Bruce, at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough on the 14th of May.  This is a free event but booking is essential and can be done through Mayo Arts Office 094-9047558 or


Awards deadline 2018 announced 

Amateur Drama and Music Assistance Recording Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency now open for application for 2018. 

Deadline: 23rd October 2018 at 5pm. 

For more information and application forms go to: Funding Application Form

Mayo Arts Service: T:094 9064376 / 094 9064367, 

Awards deadline 2018 announced-read the full story.

Mayo County Council Arts Plan 2018 - 2022

Mayo County Council Arts Office is currently developing a new five-year strategic arts plan for the county, which will be produced early next year.

We are actively seeking the views of those involved and interested in the arts, at all levels, within the county. This includes arts venues, festivals, artists, communities and people who use, or who benefit from our service.

We would welcome your contribution. Please complete our Arts Plan questionnaire, link below. (Alternatively you can write, email or phone the arts office. Or you can request a word document of the questionnaire)

Our current arts plan can be viewed here Mayo County Council Strategic Arts Plan 2011-2016

A profile of the services we deliver is available on the website here

Arts Plan Questionnaire

Thank you for your time and interest.

We also have a  questionnaire specifically for young people: Young People Questionnaire


Contact Details: Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Áras an Contae, Castlebar, Co Mayo.


Phone: 094 90 47558 / 47471


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