More info on festival venues and line-up coming soon!
The Drogheda International Classical Music Series aims to provide local audiences with an opportunity to hear the best of national and international musicians. As the setting for this exciting initiative, Drogheda will continue to be an important hub for classical music.
Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2017.
The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2017.
The closing date for receipt of entries is
Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 12 noon.
Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.waterfordcouncil.ie or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416.
Foras na Gaeilge is pleased to announce a series of information nights to promote the funded schemes on offer from the north/south Irish language body. The first of these will be held in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon Town, on Tuesday 7 February at 7.30 p.m.
On the night representatives from Foras na Gaeilge will share information about the organisation’s work, their funded schemes and supports available. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback regarding the promotion of the Irish language in the area and ask questions.
Speaking today, Foras na Gaeilge CEO, Seán Ó Coinn said, “We have identified certain areas North and South from which the number of applications for our various funding schemes has been relatively low over the last number of years. We hope to reach out to local communities through these sessions and to raise awareness about the funding opportunities available to them. We provide a broad range of schemes which may be of interest locally on a number of levels and would strongly encourage people with an interest in the Irish language to attend.”
Among the 2017 schemes recently launched are the Festivals Scheme, Youth Events Scheme and Summer Camp Scheme. Foras na Gaeilge also provides funding in the area of business, the arts, media and publication. Visit Foras na Gaeilge’s corporate website at http://www.forasnagaeilge.ie for a full list of funding schemes available.
Foras na Gaeilge will deliver the following sessions during the coming weeks:
|Tuesday 7 February||Roscommon||Hannon’s Hotel||19:30|
|Wednesday 8 February||Mullingar||Áras an Mhuilinn||20:00|
|Thursday 9 February||Cavan||Cavan Crystal Hotel||19:30|
|Tuesday 14 February||Tullamore||The Bridge House Hotel||19:30|
|Wednesday 15 February||Longford||Longford Arms Hotel||19:30|
|Thursday 16 February||Limerick||Maldron Hotel||19:30|
|Tuesday 21 February||Kilkenny||Springhill Court Hotel||19:30|
|Wednesday 22 February||Bray||Royal Hotel||19:30|
|Thursday 23 February||Dundalk||Oriel Centre – Dundalk Gaol||19:30|
|Wednesday 1 March||Port Laoise||Maldron Hotel||19:30|
|Thursday 2 March||Enniskillen||Enniskillen Hotel||19:30|
SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival, which is dedicated to new Irish plays, is looking for new works.
Taking place across Birr, Co Offaly from Sunday 9 July- Sunday 16 July 2017, playwrights (both established and emerging) are invited to submit original 15 minute plays on the theme, “What Next?”
Scripts most suited for development will be chosen by the selection panel headed by playwright Eugene O’Brien. Deadline for submission isFriday March 31st 2017.
Playwrights must be available to be in Birr from Sunday 9 July -Thursday 13 July 2017, as well as attend the headline event at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday 16 July 2017 where the plays will be presented as staged readings.
There will be a prize for “Best Play“. There are also opportunities for winning playwrights to meet and engage with production and dramaturgy departments of professional theatre companies and network with production partners. The winning play may then go on to represent the festival in further opportunities and events, should production partners deem it appropriate.
Playwrights can submit plays by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to “Scripts”,
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly.
For more information as well as the submission conditions
and application form, log on to www.scriptsireland.com
The Scripts Team
Windows Publications editors Heather Brett and Noel Monahan are celebrating twenty-five years together – yes – a quarter of a century promoting literature and the visual arts in county Cavan and the neighbouring counties.
Authors & Artists Introductions Series 11 will feature the work of new voices and emerging talent in poetry and art. Over the past twenty-five years this series included the now established writers such as: Joe Woods, Nessa O’Mahony, Gerry Hull, Lorna Shaughnessy, Grace Wells and many more. The launch will take place in The Johnson Central Library, Farnham St. Cavan on Thursday 11th May at 7pm.
The evening will include readings from contributors and an exhibition of visual art from a number of Cavan’s impressive artists. Further launches are scheduled to take place in: Dublin, Derry and Galway.
Windows National Poetry Competition for students in Primary Schools and Second Level Schools is now open and accepting entries. Now in its 25th year, and one of Ireland’s best loved Student Competitions, Windows have received staggering numbers of entries from all over Ireland down through the years and the Award Ceremony, held annually in Cavan Crystal Hotel (one sponsor of the event) attracts a huge audience. For rules and information on this year’s Student Competition please see www.windowspublicationsanddesign.com