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Bray’s first ever literary festival takes place on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September

The first Bray Literary Festival takes place on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September. A number of writing workshops are taking place over the two days.

‘Poetry: Sounding it Out’ is a workshop in Colaise Raithin on 23rd September from 11 am- 12 pm (€10). Taught by award-winning poet Jean O’ Brien, it is for anyone interested in how poetry works, sounds and looks on the page and to coax and encourage you to pro- duce the best work you can in a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Recognising that poetry is a solitary art this workshop is intended to polish your poetry, kick start you if need be and encourage you along the way if you are already producing work. For beginners and practitioners alike. To book a place contact Jean directly: jeanvobrien@gmail.com.

Also on Saturday from 11:30am-1pm in the Mermaid (€10, 12 places only), author, poet and playwright David Butler will host a workshop on Writing for the Stage. In this workshop you’ll examine: how and where to begin; creating a character; dramatic dialogue; power relationships; and managing tension. To book a place contact David directly: elguapo@eircom.net.

Saturday finishes with ‘Writing From Life: Memoir & Poetry from Lived Experience’, hosted by award-winning poet and author Siobhan Campbell, it takes place in Colaiste Raithin (11:00 – 12:30 pm; €10). This is a workshop for all writers whether starting out or well on their way. The focus will be on the imaginative use of life experience in creative nonfiction (memoir, life-writing) and in other forms. Learn tips for capturing incident and

Eric Taylor concert

Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR’s “Morning Edition” and BBC Radio. A mesmerising performer whose shows will leave you wanting more.

On September 24th, Taylor brings his concept of song theatre – spoken word ingeniously inter- twined with masterfully crafted songs – to the HotSpot Music Club, Greystones at 5 pm. Tickets cost €12/€14.

turning-points and refiguring these as scenes or as stories in themselves. Manage characters from life into believable literary creations. You will come away with a cache of good ideas and ways forward as well as with some writing underway! To book a place contact Siobhan directly: campbellsiobhan@rocket- mail.com.

On Sunday there will be three more workshops. ‘Kickstart your Writing’ (Colaiste Raithin, 11 am to 12:30 pm, €10), taught by local award-winning Bray poet Breda Wall Ryan, is suitable for writers of all levels. This workshop aims to send you home with early drafts of up to 6 new poems or prose pieces. Working in a supportive, friendly environment, prompts and writing exercises will be used to generate new work. Among

Breda’s many awards are The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and iYeats Poetry Prize. In 2016, In a Hare’s Eye (Doire Press) won the Shine/Strong Award for a first collection. To book a place contact Breda direct- ly: bredawallryan@gmail.co m.

‘How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive’ takes place in Colaiste Raithin (11am-12:30 pm, €10). During this short work- shop the focus will be on how to maximise on plot & create page-turning characters. The session is suitable for beginners through to published writ- ers. It will be taught by Patricia O’Reilly, who lectures on writing in UCD. Her short stories are wide- ly published and anthologised. In her time, she has been a freelance feature

writer for newspapers and magazines, creator of radio documentaries, plays and scores of Sunday Miscellany pieces. To book a place contact Patricia directly: patricia@patriciaoreilly.net

‘The Power of the Pen: Read and write your way to Positive Mental Health’, takes place in Colaiste Raithin (11:00 – 12:30 pm; €10). In this fun and interactive workshop, Wexford novelist Cat Hogan will teach you the techniques and tools for a positive outlook on life. She’ll help you find your own inner voice to express yourself the way you want to. Literature and poetry will also be thrown into the mix and examined for their therapeutic value. To book a place contact Cat directly: catherina.hogan78@gmail. com.

See https://brayliteraryfestival.wordpress.com for more information.

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