Cul­ture Night start for Bray Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val

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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

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