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EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford have come together as a region to Bid for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2020. This title celebrates the richness and diversity of cultures throughout Europe and aims to bring the peoples of Europe closer together and to improve our mutual understanding. Hosting European Capital of Culture in our region would be an amazing opportunity for the people living here to tell the rest of Europe about our culture and lifestyle; in literature, music, sport, arts & heritage while learning more about the culture of our neighbouring countries. Increased visitors to the three counties and the opportunity to grow our reputation internationally are just some of the benefits we would experience. The decision will be made in July 2016 after the European judging panel visit Waterford, and the Bid Team are calling

on everyone to come out and “Do YOUR Bit for the Bid� in the coming months in any way possible - tell us your ideas about the future of the region, organise a Three Sisters event, wear our badge or chat with us on social media. For further information about the Three Sisters Bid, find us at www. threesisters2020.ie, email us at info@ threesisters2020.ie, talk to us at 051 897230 and check us out on social media pages.


BOOKING Tickets for all workshops and events (paid and free) are available online at www.waterfordwritersweekend.ie or at the Waterford Writers’ Weekend Box Office 0761 102983

Concession

The Waterford Writers Weekend Box Office is situated at:

Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless an event has been cancelled. Please note that events are subject to change.

A concession ticket is a reduced price ticket that may be available to the following: Children (18 years and under), students, senior citizens & unwaged.

Festivals Office, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars, Waterford

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Opening Hours:

10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

Ticketing information for individual fringe events is available in the programme under Fringe Events.

Concession tickets are available by phoning or calling to the Box Office only.

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FESTIVAL

THURSDAY 5th MAY

AT A GLANCE GUIDE

Time

FRIDAY 6th MAY

Venue

Cost

The Science of Magic with Dave Rudden author of The Knights of the Borrowed Dark. KIDS EVENT

Large Room, City Hall

Invited schools audience only

The Science of Magic with Dave Rudden author of

Large Room, City Hall

Invited schools audience only

7:00pm

Robert Gogan’s Strolling Through Ulysses! A 75 minute lighthearted whistle-stop tour through Joyce’s famous novel. PUBLIC EVENT

The Book Centre

€10 from The Book Centre

8:00pm

Five Songs; Five Artists; Five Minutes: 5x5for5. PUBLIC EVENT

Central Arts Centre

€5 from centralarts.ie

10:00am - 10:45am

11:15am - 12:00 noon

Time

SATURDAY 7th MAY

Event

The Knights of the Borrowed Dark. KIDS EVENT

Event

Venue

Cost

9:30am - 1:00pm

DON’T BE A STRANGER! Trans-cultural Performance Class & Work-in-Progress Show with Gifty Wiafe and Barbara Kemmler. WORKSHOP TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

Greyfriars Gallery

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Haunting Words: Poetry Reading by Mark Granier. PUBLIC EVENT

The Book Centre

Free

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Gene Kerrigan on 1916 and The Scrap: in conversation with Waterford historian James Doherty. PUBLIC EVENT

Central LibraryLocal Studies

Free

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Carlo Gébler discusses The Projectionist with Madeleine Keane, literary editor of the Sunday Independent. PUBLIC EVENT

Granville HotelParnell Room

€5 pp

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Perfectly Formed; The Art of the Short Story with Sinéad Gleeson, Nuala O’Connor, Tom Morris and Orla Shanaghy. PUBLIC EVENT

Central Library

Free

7:00pm

Youth Evening: Presentation of the National Seán Dunne Young Poets’ Award 2016 & Launch of the Waterford Youth Arts Anthology of New Writing 2016 PUBLIC EVENT

Greyfriars Gallery

Free

Time

Event

Venue

Cost Free

10:00am - 11:00am

The Encyclopedia of Imaginary Creatures, workshop for 6-9’s with Eimear Cheasty. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT

Central Library Teenage Area

10:00am - 1:00pm

The Storytime Express Workshop for adults with Derbhile Dromey. WORKSHOP

Greyfriars Gallery

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Invited schools audience only

€10/€8 Concession


FESTIVAL

AT A GLANCE GUIDE

Time

Event

Venue

Cost

Poetry Workshop with Mark Granier. WORKSHOP

Granville Hotel Parnell Room

€25 / €20 Concession

10:30am - 3:00pm

The Most Revolting Rhymes EVER!! Workshop for 8-12’s with Dave Lordan. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT

Central LibraryReference Room

Free

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Killer Crime Fiction: In an exclusive preview, Sam Blake reveals the secrets behind writing Little Bones out May 17. PUBLIC EVENT

The Book Centre

Free

2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Diary of Mary Travers: Dr Eibhear Walshe in conversation with Carlo Gébler. PUBLIC EVENT

Greyfriars Gallery

€5 pp

2:15pm - 3:15pm

The Magical World of Books & Storytelling workshop for 8-12’s with E.R. Murray. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT

Central LibraryChildren’s Library

Free

3.30pm - 4:30pm

Art Attack: Children’s Arts and Crafts - Recommended Age 5 - 8 years. All are welcome. KIDS EVENT

The Book Centre

Free

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tarquin Blake’s Haunted Ireland. PUBLIC EVENT

Greyfriars Gallery

€5 pp

4:00pm

Souls in Flight - The Butterfly Imagery of Lafcadio Hearn and Seán Dunne. Full details on www.lafcadiohearngardens.com. PUBLIC EVENT

Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore

€5 / €4 Concession

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Compass Writers Waterford presents poetry, prose and live music in a Sunday Miscellany style event. PUBLIC EVENT

St Patrick’s Gateway Centre

Free

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Speaking Out: Colm O’Gorman in conversation with David Kenny. PUBLIC EVENT

Greyfriars Gallery

Free

8:00pm

To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell

Garter Lane Arts Centre

8:00pm till late

Three Sisters Open Mic Night facilitated by actress Lynda Gough with musical interludes from Lorcan Reidy. PUBLIC EVENT

Downes Bar

Time

by Kerry Hardie with Oliva O’Leary. Full details on 051-855038 and www.garterlane.ie. PUBLIC EVENT

Event

Venue

Children Free

€16/€13 Concession Free

Cost

Getting Published Workshop with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. WORKSHOP

Greyfriars Gallery

€25/€20 Concession

1:30pm - 3:00pm

All Writing Is Rewriting: A Workshop for Your Inner Editor with Anthony Glavin. WORKSHOP

Greyfriars Gallery

€25/€20 Concession

2:00pm - 3:00pm

TV3’s Andrea Hayes: Pain Free Life and her Journey to Wellness. PUBLIC EVENT

The Book Centre

Free

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Flying High on Butterfly Wings, Karen Power talks to Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. PUBLIC EVENT

The Book Centre

Free

SUNDAY 8th MAY

10:00am - 1:00pm

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SATURDAY 7th MAY (cont)

10:00am - 1:00pm


THURSDAY 5th MAY

THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC WITH DAVE RUDDEN AUTHOR OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK. KIDS EVENT Thursday 5th May | 10:00 am - 10:45 am, 11:15 am - 12:00 noon Large Room City Hall | Invited schools audience only Join author Dave Rudden (Knights Of The Borrowed Dark, Puffin 2016) as he shares the secrets of his magical world, and shows you how to create your own. From creating unique magic systems to designing unforgettable (but hopefully not undefeatable) villains, this event is a must for budding writers of fantasy. ‘Funny and scary, my two favourites. Dave Rudden is not just a rising star - he’s a shooting star.’ - Eoin Colfer

Dave Rudden

A former actor and English teacher, Dave Rudden’s middle-grade trilogy, Knights Of The Borrowed Dark, was snapped up by Puffin in a six-figure deal in just two weeks. Since then it has sold in a further 6 languages, along with rights for the audiobook and film. Knights Of The Borrowed Dark, will be published in Ireland on March 10th.

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THURSDAY 5th MAY

ROBERT GOGAN’S STROLLING THROUGH ULYSSES! PUBLIC EVENT Thursday 5th May | 7:00 pm The Book Centre | Tickets €10 available from The Book Centre Strolling Through Ulysses! is a 75 minute lighthearted whistle-stop tour through Joyce’s famous novel, highlighting the fun, action and characters of the book. The show is humorous, entertaining and informative and scattered with extracts from Ulysses which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing – the comical, the descriptive and the complex. “It’s a non-academic, amusing crash course on Ulysses” says Gogan, “and it is aimed at those people who have never read it, or have read it and want to be refreshed. It’s a little bit bawdy, certainly irreverent, but also great fun!”

Robert Gogan

Robert Gogan is owner of Music Ireland Publishing. Educated at De La Salle College, Churchtown, he joined the Civil Service in 1972. While working in the Court’s Services he studied Law in Trinity College. He first read Ulysses while still at school in Churchtown. He soon came to realise that Ulysses was enjoyed by a select few. It became his goal to try to make Joyce’s most famous work accessible to more people. Robert took on the task of ‘remastering’ Ulysses to encourage those who were ‘once bitten’ to have another go at reading it. He published “Ulysses by James Joyce Remastered by Robert Gogan” in 2012. He also added a section of reading guidelines to further assist those who may be trying the book for the first time and those who are making another attempt. Robert now performs Strolling Through Ulysses, as a one man show in bookshops, book clubs and small theatres throughout Ireland.

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THURSDAY 5th MAY

FIVE SONGS; FIVE ARTISTS; FIVE MINUTES; 5X5FOR5. PUBLIC EVENT Thursday 5th May | 8:00pm Central Arts Centre | Tickets €5 and further information from www.centralarts.ie Central Arts presents an evening of original songwriting from five artists based in the Southeast. ‘5x5for5’ presents a new approach; a novel idea that will see five artists each perform five songs over the course of an evening: four original self-penned songs and one interesting cover; and all this for €5.

Sarah Bates, John Keane, Karen Coss, Jimi Cullen and Gerry Kane take to the stage for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. Tickets from Central Arts Centre and from the artists. For more information, visit www.centralarts.ie.

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

DON’T BE A STRANGER! WORKSHOP TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS Trans-cultural Performance Class & Work-in-Progress Show with Gifty Wiafe and Barbara Kemmler. Friday 6th May | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | Invited schools audience only

German dropouts in Ireland; African refugees in Europe; Kerry emigrants in Dublin. What’s the story with all these foreigners?! Well, let’s find out! Everyone feels like a stranger sometimes – be it far from home or within our own families. This improvisational workshop offers a chance to explore and express personal experiences of otherness.

Barbara Kemmler

Barbara Kemmler is the founder and Artistic Director of Cactus Junges Theater, one of Germany’s most distinguished youth theatre companies. Her main focus is on intercultural work and on project collaborations within international contexts. Barbara Kemmler’s stage productions have won numerous national and international awards.

Gifty Wiafe

Gifty Wiafe is a 20-year-old woman from Ghana who now lives and studies in Germany. She is an experienced performer and moves between diverse worlds and cultures with ease. Gifty has participated in several highly successful intercultural stage projects including stand-up comedy shows with Cactus Junges Theater.

Petra Kindler

Petra Kindler is a German playwright and literary translator living in Ireland. Her most recent projects with Cactus Junges Theater include “Wer zuletzt lacht, macht das Licht aus” (comedy drama, 2014), “Expedition Würde – Expedition Dignity“ (a dramatic collage on the concept of Dignity, 2015) and “Passt Schon” (multi-cultural stand-up show, 2015). She also took her own confessional comedy performance, “Seriously Now!”, to the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Petra is writing a solo show for Gifty Wiafe, who will present extracts from it during the workshop. 7


FRIDAY 6th MAY

HAUNTING WORDS: POETRY READING BY MARK GRANIER. PUBLIC EVENT Friday 6th May | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Book Centre | Free Mark Granier reads from his new poetry collection, Haunt plus some soon to be published poems from his forthcoming collection New & Selected, due from Salmon in 2017.

Mark Granier

Mark Granier’s poems have appeared in numerous journals/ periodicals in Ireland and the UK. He has won a number of awards, including a Vincent Buckley Prize and Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. He has an MA in creative writing and has taught a course in UCD for many years. Author Joan McBreen writes: “In 2004 I attended the Listowel Poetry Workshop led by the Mark Granier. He was a wonderful and insightful mentor and helped bring the very best out of each and every participant in a sensitive and imaginative way.” Mark Granier’s fourth collection, Haunt, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015.

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

GENE KERRIGAN ON 1916 AND THE SCRAP: IN CONVERSATION WITH WATERFORD HISTORIAN JAMES DOHERTY. PUBLIC EVENT Friday 6th May | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Central Library - Local Studies | Free A true story of the 1916 rising, taken from first-hand evidence as seen by one rebel unit - F Company, 2nd Battalion - this gripping novel takes you from the first skirmish in Fairview to the inferno of the GPO. Author Gene Kerrigan gets to the heart of The Scrap with local historian and 1916 expert James Doherty.

Gene Kerrigan Gene Kerrigan has had four novels published and nine non-fiction books - the latest of which is The Scrap, a true story from the 1916 rising. He was born and lives in Dublin. He wrote for Magill Magazine and the Sunday Tribune. He now writes for the Sunday Independent.

James Doherty James Doherty is the founder of the annual Tricolour Celebration held in Waterford City. He is currently chair of the Waterford Heritage Forum and a member of the 1916 Commemoration Committee. James is a military historian specialising in the Irish involvement in the American Civil War and the 19th century British Garrison in Waterford.

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

CARLO GÉBLER DISCUSSES THE PROJECTIONIST WITH MADELEINE KEANE, LITERARY EDITOR OF THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT. PUBLIC EVENT Friday 6th May | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Granville Hotel - Parnell Room | €5 pp Ernest Gébler, writer of international bestsellers The Plymouth Adventure and Call Me Daddy, which became the film Hoffman, led a turbulent and fascinating life. At the helm of one of Ireland’s best-known literary families, his life was one of staggering complexity, elusiveness and immense talent that spanned a tumultuous history. Carlo Gébler, Ernest’s estranged son, reveals the story behind a book that is both biography and memoir, telling the enthralling story of his father’s life, covering his strange and alienated childhood, his disastrous family relationships, his marriage to writer Edna O’Brien, his staunch socialism and uncompromising disciplinary attitude, and his final heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Carlo Gébler

Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. His most recent publications (both from New Island) are The Projectionist, the story of Ernest Gébler, a life of his father that mixes memoir and biography, and the short story collection, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of interlinking stories about a prison orderly.

Madeleine Keane Madeleine Keane was educated at UCD and Trinity. As Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent, she co-founded the Irish Book Awards and curated two writers’ festivals in Dublin. She presented a books programme for RTE (‘First Edition’). She was a member of the steering committee for the successful Dublin City of Literature UNESCO bid. She writes and broadcasts about books, arts and travel and regularly presents at literary festivals and events.

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

PERFECTLY FORMED; THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY WITH SINEÁD GLEESON, NUALA O’CONNOR, TOM MORRIS AND ORLA SHANAGHY. PUBLIC EVENT Friday 6th May | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm Central Library | Free RTE’s Sinéad Gleeson, editor of The Long Gaze Back, prize winning short story writer and novelist Nuala O’Connor and The Stinging Fly’s editor and author of his own collection We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, Tom Morris, discuss the art of the short story with local writer Orla Shanaghy. Sinéad Gleeson Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster and critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She is the editor of two short story anthologies, most recently The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.

Nuala O’Connor Nuala O’Connor, aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir, has published four short story collections, three novels and three poetry collections. Her third novel, Miss Emily (Penguin USA & Sandstone UK), about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015. www.nualanoconnor.com

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

Tom Morris Thomas Morris is from Caerphilly, South Wales. His debut story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing (Faber and Faber) is set in his hometown and is currently longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He devised and edited Dubliners 100 (Tramp Press) and is the current editor of The Stinging Fly.

Orla Shanaghy Orla Shanaghy’s short stories have been shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2012 and the William Trevor Prize 2007. Her non-fiction work is broadcast regularly on RTÉ Radio One’s Sunday Miscellany. Her work has also been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and The Sunday Miscellany Anthology 2008 – 2011. Orla is a regular panelist on WLR FM on writing, media and technology and has been a blogger since 2007. Her current blog Wait Til I Tell You is at www.waittilitellyou.com. She is a contributor to the award-winning Irish group blog The Anti Room. Follow Orla on Twitter: @orlashanaghy

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FRIDAY 6th MAY

YOUTH EVENING: PRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL SEÁN DUNNE YOUNG POETS’ AWARD. PUBLIC EVENT Launch of the Waterford Youth Arts Anthology of New Writing Friday 6th May | 7:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | Free The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to present the 2016 winner with their award. This long term commemorative tribute to the memory of Waterford writer Seán Dunne continues to promote the work and the vision of the poet with emerging and aspiring young authors by recognizing their talents in the area of poetry. The award will be presented to the winner by this year’s judge the poet Kathy D’Arcy. The Arts Office would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of the Dunne Family with this award.

Waterford Youth Arts is delighted to launch their inaugural Anthology of New Writing Those Who Don’t Believe In Magic Will Never Find It. This collection of new writing, from the young people of WYA’s creative programme, showcases the talent and unique voice of a new generation of writers. The group have worked with their editor and WYA creative writing Coordinator Eimear Cheasty to produce a collection of short stories, poetry and short plays that speak of them and to them. The WYA creative writing programme in WYA has run for over 12 years and aims to nurture and encourage young writers through weekly workshops, guest writers and projects such as this anthology. This project is supported by the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council. The evening will feature readings from young writers.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IMAGINARY CREATURES, WORKSHOP FOR 6-9’S WITH EIMEAR CHEASTY. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT Saturday 7th May | 10:00 am - 11:00 am Central Library - Teenage Area | Free The Encyclopedia of Imaginary Creatures are looking for new writers to add creatures to their collections. Could you join our team? Do you have the imagination it takes? Have you got a six legged Quazzlehump hiding under your bed? A workshop for budding authors and storytellers, learn how to create your own characters, in a fun and imaginative way.

Eimear Cheasty

Eimear Cheasty started her career as a professional youth arts worker in 2009, when she worked with 826NYC in Brooklyn, NY, the celebrated writing project for young people. Returning to Ireland she joined Waterford Youth Arts facilitating creative writing workshops, and now co – ordinates and teaches a full programme for young people aged 7 to 19. Since 2013 she has co – managed County Carlow Youth Theatre. She has designed creative writing programmes for Waterford Writers Weekend, Waterford City & County Library Services, County Carlow Library Services, Storytelling Southeast & Imagine Festival amongst others. A celebrated and much performed playwright, her non-fiction has been published in Mongrel, the Irish Examiner and Small Circuits.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

THE STORYTIME EXPRESS WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH DERBHILE DROMEY. WORKSHOP Saturday 7th May | 10:00am - 1:00pm Greyfriars Gallery | €10/€8 Concession The Storytelling Express is a fun, fast introduction to writing stories, which will take you on a two hour storytelling journey. You’ll be guided through the process of writing a story, with activities to help you come up with a character, setting and plot. You’ll then combine all these ingredients together and write your story. By the time you reach your final destination, you’ll have completed your own original story. This is ideal for people who’ve never written before and want a kickstart.

Derbhile Dromey

Derbhile Dromey is a freelance writer, editor and creative writing tutor living in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Her novel The Pink Cage was published by Book Republic in 2011. Her work has also appeared in The Ogham Stone Journal, From the Well Anthology, The Quiet Quarter Anthology and Crannóg Magazine.

POETRY WORKSHOP WITH MARK GRANIER. WORKSHOP Saturday 7th May | 10:00am - 1:00pm Granville Hotel - Parnell Room | €25/€20 Concession Though designed for beginners, this workshop is also suitable for those who have written some poetry and are now looking for direction and feedback from others at a similar stage. Discussion will be encouraged. Topics covered will include imagery and metaphor, riddles and parallelism, and also some advice on publishing (plus a short bibliography of useful books/anthologies). Rather than critiquing participants’ earlier work, the emphasis will be on producing something new and surprising, having an adventure with language. See Mark Granier bio on page 8. 15


SATURDAY 7th MAY

THE MOST REVOLTING RHYMES EVER!! WORKSHOP FOR 8-12’S WITH DAVE LORDAN. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT Saturday 7th May | 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Central Library - Reference Room | Free A creative writing workshop for kids inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with plenty of multimedia fun thrown in. Designed and led by Dave Lordan, Ireland’s leading creativity facilitator. Requirements - ALL kids aged between 8 and 12 are welcome. Willingness to participate at their own pace and in their own way is all that is required. Oh - and must like having fun! The workshop will be in three parts. The revolting part (poster design based on revolting Roald’s revolting rhymes), the even more revolting part (writing our own revolting rhymes) and the most revolting part ever (recording our poems and adding funny sound effects to make them sound really really really really really revolting). Dave Lordan Dave Lordan is Ireland’s leading creativity facilitator. Working with dozens of institutional clients ranging from RTÉ, to the University of Wisconsin, to the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Dave Lordan has facilitated the creativity of tens of thousands of people in the last decade. Dave is transforming the way creative writing is taught to young-people, bringing it into the multimedia age and preparing young people for the multimedia future of writing. Check out Because I’m Human, his anti-bullying poetry-film for young people, on Youtube.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

KILLER CRIME FICTION: IN AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW, SAM BLAKE REVEALS THE SECRETS BEHIND WRITING LITTLE BONES OUT MAY 17. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Book Centre | Free Founder of writing.ie Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin writes crime as Sam Blake - in conversation with David Kenny she will explain how the idea behind Little Bones came about, why she uses a pen name and gives her own tips on writing and getting that crucial publishing deal. Sam Blake Sam Blake is the pen name of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Vanessa started writing crime when her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. She’s been writing ever since. The first in her Cat Connolly thriller trilogy Little Bones, is out in May with Bonnier’s Twenty7.

David Kenny David Kenny is a broadcaster, journalist and bestselling author. He has his own around-Ireland series, Kenny Wild, and is the author of The Little Buke of Dublin, Erindipity, Erindipity Rides Again and The Brilliant Irish Flute, and editor of The Trib: Highlights from the Sunday Tribune. His latest books are The Press Gang (New Island) and The Splendid Years: Memoirs of the Abbey’s first leading lady and 1916 rebel, Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh (New Island). He also writes for children and is developing a 52-part animation series with Monster Entertainment.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

THE DIARY OF MARY TRAVERS: DR EIBHEAR WALSHE IN CONVERSATION WITH CARLO GÉBLER. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | €5 pp When Mary Travers took a libel case against William and Jane Wilde – the parents of Oscar – the resulting scandal ruined her family. Dr Eibhear Walshe, in this impressive and strangely affecting novel, imagines and seeks to explain her. Dr Eibhear Walshe Dr Eibhear Walshe was born in Waterford, studied in Dublin, and now lives in Cork, where he lectures in the School of English at University College Cork. He has published in the area of memoir, literary criticism and biography, and his books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life (2006), Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland (2012), and A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín (2013). His childhood memoir, Cissie’s Abattoir (2009) was broadcast on RTÉ’s Book on One. His novel, The Diary of Mary Travers was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2015 and Longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. See Carlo Gébler biography on page 10.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

THE MAGICAL WORLD OF BOOKS & STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR 8-12’S. WORKSHOP KIDS EVENT With E.R. Murray Saturday 7th May | 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Central Library - Children’s Library | Free Have you ever wondered what makes stories come alive? Everyone has a tale to tell, but how do we make them pop off the page? Discover the magical world of books and storytelling with author, E.R. Murray. Explore where we get ideas from and how we can turn them into exciting characters, settings and storylines. An interactive workshop, Elizabeth will also read from her novel, The Book of Learning, and answer your questions about what it’s like to be a writer.

E.R. Murray

E. R. Murray lives in West Cork, where she fishes, grows her own vegetables and enjoys outdoor adventures. Her debut, The Book of Learning: Nine Lives Book 1 (Mercier Press) is the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read for 2016. Elizabeth loves travel, and has taught creative writing in schools around the world, including Cambodia. While travelling, Elizabeth also parachuted out of an aeroplane, swam with sharks and stingrays, and ate lots of insects. You can find out more about Elizabeth at www.ermurray.com.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

ART ATTACK: CHILDREN’S ARTS & CRAFTS. KIDS EVENT Recommended Age 5-8 years. All are welcome. Saturday 7th May | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm The Book Centre | Free Pop in to The Book Centre for an Arts & Crafts Workshop containing some outrageously fun & unique craft activities. Art Attack is for 5 - 8 year olds from 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm on Saturday (all materials will be supplied).

TARQUIN BLAKE’S HAUNTED IRELAND. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | €5 pp Returning after his hugely successful previous visit to Waterford, Tarquin Blake delves into the world of Irish ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves and other spectral tales in this illustrated talk. Drawing up a list of ‘true’ ghost stories, Tarquin researched each in detail, and set out to photograph Haunted Ireland. Collating the ghost stories with powerful images of where these stories played out, Haunted Ireland reveals an engrossing catalogue of tales of the unexplained, the spooky unknown, haunted caves, phantom ships, poltergeists and many other strange tales. Tarquin Blake Tarquin Blake, explorer, photographer and author has been collecting ghost stories for more than a decade. His bestselling books include Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Volumes I and II, Ancient Ireland, Haunted Ireland and Abandoned Churches of Ireland. He has extensively explored the architectural relics of Ireland and his passion is unravelling and documenting the mysteries of lost heritage.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

SOULS IN FLIGHT. PUBLIC EVENT The Butterfly Imagery of Lafcadio Hearn and Seán Dunne Saturday 7th May | 4:00 pm Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore | General Admission - €5, Seniors & Students - €4, Children Free Set in the Lafcadio Hearn Gardens Tramore this unique event will comprise of readings, song and dance, based on a theme drawn from Hearn’s essay ‘Butterflies’, published in his most famous book Kwaidan, which inspired Seán Dunne’s poem ‘The Butterfly Soul’. There will be readings from Lafcadio Hearn’s Essay and Seán Dunne’s poem by Julian Walton and Clodagh Beresford Dunne. The event will also feature Vanessa Whelan as “Madam Butterfly’ and The Vicki Graham Junior Stage School. Full details can be found on: www.lafcadiohearngardens.com

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

COMPASS WRITERS WATERFORD PRESENTS POETRY, PROSE AND LIVE MUSIC IN A SUNDAY MISCELLANY STYLE EVENT. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm St Patrick’s Gateway Centre | Free Compass Writers Waterford was set up in 2007. It meets on a fortnightly basis in Waterford City. The group is open to writers of all disciplines over the age of 18; poets, novelists, short story writers, screenwriters etc., and welcomes non-writers who are interested in the art of writing. It nourishes the talent of its members and gives them the chance to meet others working in the same field.

SPEAKING OUT: COLM O’GORMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID KENNY. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | Free The Executive Director of Amnesty International, Colm O’Gorman is the founder and former director of One in Four and the author of Beyond Belief: Abused by his priest. Betrayed by his church. The story of the boy who sued the Pope. O’Gorman documented his lawsuit in the BBC documentary Suing the Pope. In conversation with David Kenny. Colm O’Gorman Colm O’Gorman is Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland and is the founder of One in Four, the national NGO that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence. Colm has served as a member of Seanad Éireann, is a regular media commentator on human rights and social justice issues and author of the bestselling memoir Beyond Belief. See David Kenny biography on page 17. 22


SATURDAY 7th MAY

TO FIND A HEATHEN PLACE AND SOUND A BELL BY KERRY HARDIE AND OLIVIA O’LEARY. PUBLIC EVENT Saturday 7th May | 8:00 pm Garter Lane Arts Centre | €16 / €13 Concession AD 591. Rome has fallen and Europe is in chaos. In Ireland, a handful of monks leave the austere rule of Congall of Bangor. One of them, Fiachra, walks south to found a monastery at Ullard. Others, led by Columbanus of Leinster, set sail, carrying the teachings of the Celtic Church into the very heart of Europe. Through a mix of poetry and music, To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell tells the story of these monks. Written by poet and novelist Kerry Hardie, with Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary, and performed by musicians David Power and Ciaran Somers and readers Barry Mc Govern, Olivia O’Leary, Alan Counihan and Eamonn Hunt, this unique and poetic work resurrects the forgotten story of Columbanus, a saint of the early Celtic Church and arguably one of the most consequential figures in European history. Supported by artlinks - a partnership of the four Local Authority Arts Officers in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Full details on 051-855038 and www.garterlane.ie.

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SATURDAY 7th MAY

THREE SISTERS OPEN MIC NIGHT. PUBLIC EVENT Facilitated by actress Lynda Gough with musical interludes from Lorcan Reidy. Saturday 7th May | 8:00 pm till late Downes Bar | Free

Open Mic Session in Downes Bar, Thomas Hill, Waterford. Faciliatated by Lynda Gough with musical interludes by Lorcan Reidy. For enquiries please contact Joan O’Leary on 087 618 9194.

Lorcan Reidy

Local gifted musician, Lorcan Reidy, who is a well know writer and performer from Waterford’s music scene, will perform after the “Open Mic Performances” on Saturday the 7th of May, at Downes Pub. His unique blend of covers and original root music, drawn heavily from American country blues and Irish traditional music, is truly remarkable, highlighting his skilful storytelling abilities.

Lynda Gough

Waterford born actress Lynda Gough has previously worked alongside some of Irish and British Films biggest names, having landed a role in ‘Happy Ever Afters’ a movie project by writer / director Stephen Burke. Starting out as a young actress / singer in local amateur dramatics, it wasn’t long before Lynda forged a successful career for herself on the professional circuit. She has appeared with many of the top theatre companies and toured to numerous venues worldwide. She also appeared as ‘Chrissie’ in Fair City. Lynda has vast stage and screen experience and we are delighted that she is hosting our ‘Open Mic’ at 8pm on Saturday the 7th May, venue ‘Downes Bar’. We are delighted to announce a special performance by well known Irish Poet, Rita Kelly who has relocated to Tramore, Co. Waterford. She has won various awards for her work, including the Seán Ó Ríordáin Oireachtas Award; an Irish Times Poetry Award and Maxwell House Award. Máire Mhac an tSaoi has said that “she is a love-poet of great lyric, power and beauty”. 24


SUNDAY 8th MAY

GETTING PUBLISHED WORKSHOP WITH VANESSA FOX O’LOUGHLIN. WORKSHOP Sunday 8th May | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | €25/€20 Concession Thinking of submitting your book? What do you need to do to give your work the best possible chance of getting published? Vanessa will explain the blueprint from keyboard to bookshelf. Vanessa is the founder of www.writing.ie and runs Inkwell Writers’ Workshops. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout and had placed award winning and best-selling authors with both agents and publishers. Vanessa will discuss exactly what the industry is looking for – what’s hot and what’s not – and how best to submit your work. She will show you what you need to do to attract a publisher and build your author platform – and explain exactly what that is. This workshop will give you concrete ways to improve your pitch, ideas on where to submit and give you a thorough understanding of how the business works in a relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can ask all those tricky questions.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is the founder of the national writing resources website Writing.ie and The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy. Ireland’s leading literary scout she has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and writes crime as Sam Blake. The first in Sam Blake’s Cat Connolly thriller trilogy Little Bones, is out in May 2016 with Bonnier’s Twenty7.

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SUNDAY 8th MAY

ALL WRITING IS REWRITING: A WORKSHOP FOR YOUR INNER EDITOR WITH ANTHONY GLAVIN. WORKSHOP Sunday 8th May | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Greyfriars Gallery | €25/€20 Concession All Writing Is Rewriting: A Workshop for Your Inner Editor will feature an overview from the Editor’s Desk along with short, specific written exercises on what to consider in redrafting/ editing your fiction/non-fiction—from form and character description to language and intent. Participants can bring with them a short piece of up to 300 words of their own fiction/non-fiction work-in-progress to share with fellow writers if they wish.

Anthony Glavin Short-story writer, novelist and critic Anthony Glavin is one of Ireland’s foremost literary editors, having commissioned and edited Nuala O’Faolain’s New York Times No. 1 bestseller Are You Somebody?—The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, and Francis Stuart’s novella King David Dances along with fiction and non-fiction by a host of other writers. A former associate editor at Downeast Magazine in Maine, USA, he served as editor of New Irish Writing (1986—1988), as well as commissioning editor for New Island Books (1996-2004), and as a judge for the Irish Writers Centre Greenbean Novel Fair (2012, 2014-2016). Attend the Getting Published and Rewriting workshops for the special offer of €45 for both workshops / Concession €35. To avail of discount you must book directly through the Festival Booking Office at Greyfriars Gallery.

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SUNDAY 8th MAY

TV3’S ANDREA HAYES: PAIN FREE LIFE AND HER JOURNEY TO WELLNESS. PUBLIC EVENT Sunday 8th May | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Book Centre | Free Irish broadcaster and producer Andrea Hayes is well known to the Irish public for her positive, friendly and down-to-earth persona on television and radio. Hidden behind her smile however is Andrea’s battle with constant chronic pain. Trained as a clinical hypnotherapist, Andrea explores the power of the mind, and challenges the language of pain to create a positive mind set in her new book, part memoir, part self help. A transformative, and inspiring read for anyone suffering from pain or a chronic illness, Andrea will reveal her story and shares her solutions for a Pain Free Life.

Andrea Hayes

Irish broadcaster and author Andrea Hayes is best known for presenting TV3’s Animal A&E, the hugely successful format has aired internationally across 12 countries, including Channel 5 in the UK. She also presents Coming Home For Christmas and works with radio station Sunshine 106.8 presenting Sunshine Meets. She is a passionate advocate for chronic pain and is on the governing body of Chronic Pain Ireland.

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SUNDAY 8th MAY

FLYING HIGH ON BUTTERFLY WINGS. PUBLIC EVENT Karen Power talks to Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin Sunday 8th May | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm The Book Centre | Free Best selling Waterford author Karen Power reveals exactly what it took to get into the Irish bestseller charts and why her books are read all over the world. Self publishing isn’t for everyone but Karen proves that you don’t have to wait for your dream. In conversation with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin.

Karen Power

Karen lives with her husband, Michael and their two children, on a farm in County Waterford. Her first novel Butterfly Barn was published in November 2014 to huge critical and commercial acclaim. Karen’s second novel On Butterfly Wings, hit no.5 in original fiction on the Irish Bestseller List, an incredible achievement for a self-published novel. Both novels are available in bookstores nationwide and also as ebooks. See Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin biography on page 25.

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FRINGE EVENTS

LENS FLARE-PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Tue May 12th - Thu June 9th Central Arts Gallery | Free Central Arts presents Lens Flare, an exciting group photography exhibition. Lens Flare is the brainchild of Ciara O Connell, Director of Central Arts, who was quoted as saying “I have a huge passion for contemporary photography and photography in general. I wanted to give photographers a platform that would be collaborative and representative of the city and county we know and love, while also bringing together a group of photographers from different disciplines.” This exhibition aims to bring the seasoned professional and the emerging photographer together. The chosen photographers represent a cross section of what Waterford offers in photography, each having links to Waterford and with work portraying aspects of the city and county, their life and people. With contributing photographers: Catherine Drea, Matthew Reilly, Colin Shannahan, Shane O’Neill, John Power, Noel Browne, Gary Cummins and Dan McMahon; Central Arts is delighted to bring together some of Waterford’s best and most established photographers for this group exhibition.

INDEX GALLERY An Exhibition of work by Waterford Artist Paul Kirby Mon 9th May - Sat May 21st Central Library Waterford based artist, designer and illustrator Paul Kirby will exhibit his work with a graphic and comic theme. Paul is part of the Waterford Homecrafts co-operative.

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FRINGE EVENTS

INDEX GALLERY Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Mon 25th April - Sat May 7th Central Library A collection of images inspired by the words of John F. Kennedy, and presented by Cyclist.ie - The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network. This exhibition aims to counter the current dominant image of cycling as a sport and present “normalised” cycling for everyday, for everybody. Cyclist.ie, founded in 2008 is an advocacy, lobby and promotional group for everyday, or utility cyclists. Launch Wednesday 27 April at 6 pm. All Welcome.

ON THE MARGIN FRINGE FESTIVAL SOUTHPAW STUDIOS Sun 10th May | 7:30 pm Southpaw Studios Waterford A set of exhibitions, workshops, performances all relating to the World of literature and writing, spoken word and songwriting. Full event brochure will be available closer to the event – for regular updates follow @southpawink.

GARTER LANE ARTS CENTRE Garter Lane gallery offers the finest in art and photography exhibitions as well as acting as Waterford City’s cultural hub. Check out garterlane.ie for more.

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Granville Hotel Garter Lane Arts Centre

The Book C Downes Pub St Patricks Gateway Centre


FESTIVAL MAP

Greyfriars Gallery

FESTIVAL OFFICE

Centre Emilianos

Large Room, City Hall

Central Library Munster Bar

Bodega

Burzza


BOOKING Tickets for all workshops and events (paid and free) are available online at www.waterfordwritersweekend.ie or at the Waterford Writers’ Weekend Box Office Tel: 0761 102983

BOX OFFICE Festivals Office, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars, Waterford

Opening Hours:

10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

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