Culture Night start for Bray Literary Festival
BRAY Literary Festival will take place at locations across the town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 22, 23 and 24.
The festival will begin on Culture night at the Town Hall in Bray, and will continue on the Saturday and Sunday with full days of readings, discussions, music and writing workshops, with an eclectic mix of Ireland’s established voices in poetry, fiction, memoir and music.
Entries are welcome for the poetry and flash fiction competition which has a prize fund of €500 and a closing date of August 31.
The winner in each category will receive €200, and the runner up €50. Poetry will be judged by Breda Wall Ryan, author of the award winning In a Hare’s Eye. Flash fiction will be judged by author Catherine Dunne. The word limit is 500 for flash fiction, 40 lines for poems. For more information go to brayliteraryfestival. wordpress.com.
The Saturday workshops will include writing for the staage with David Butler, writing from life experience with Siobhan Campbell, poetry: sounding it out, with Jean O’Brien, and a children’s workshop As Gaeilge with Sadbh Devlin.
The Sunday workshops are: writing and mental health with Cat Hogan, kick-start your writing with Breda Wall Ryan, songwriting with BeRn, and write fiction that comes alive with Patricia O’Reilly.
Events include a free talk at the Joyce house with David Butler, readings for children, duelling poets, and Lit Fix: Alan McMonagle and Nuala O’Connor in conversation with Catherine Dunne.
The programme will include a seminar on professional development for writers with Words Ireland, and a panel on short stories with Tanya Farrelly, Martin Malone and Orfhlaith Foyle.
There will be a giant open mic with BeRn, poetry cafe with Anne Taannam, Noel Duffy and Stephanie Conn, and a look at the crime genre with Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips and Sam Blake.
To get day or weekend passes, find Bray Literary Festival on fundit.ie.
Louise Byrne wearing Rachel Blanckensee’s polished linen grey coat and trousers
Authors Liz McManus, Tanya Farrelly and David Butler of the Bray Literary Festival