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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Interesting events in Portumna...

Those wonderful proactive people down in Portumna are busy organising lots of lovely things for the creatively minded, so a few dates for your diary.
Together with The Irish Writers' Centre, Portumna Arts Group will host a Peregrine Reading in the Shannon Oaks Hotel at 7.30pm on Thursday May 5th featuring three Irish writers. Alex Barclay is a Dublin based crime writer She won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold. Kevin Barry, a Limerick writer of short stories has been awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The final writer will feature John Connolly, Dublin based crime writer whose famous Charlie Parker is the detective in his mumerous novels. All readers, writers and crime solvers are welcome to come along and listen to each award winning writer followed by a discussion. Admission €5. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the authors in the flesh and a pleasure to have a reading on our doorstep.

Poets Picnic
Allendarra with Roman & Wiltrud and Maplers and Bafflers SUNDAY MAY 22nd 2011

More info anon

Lines Learned By Heart
In September's Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 22nd-25th, a unique event will take place in Portumna in honour of the local much-loved gentleman Nicholas Treacy who passed away in November last. In his lifetime, Nicholas learned hundreds of poems and recited them frequently at many readings, occasions and visits. He loved words and in particular rhyme and stories recited in verse. To revitalise this dying art of learning by heart and to honour his memory, the Maple Poetry Group will present the Nicholas Treacy Perpetual Memorial Prize to the winner of “Lines Learned By Heart at Shorelines". So get out the poetry books and learn a recitation written pre 1935 and enter in the challenge.

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