Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THIS year’s Feile Lon­dubh, which gets un­der way this week, was of­fi­cially launched by writer Jen­nifer John­ston at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray.

Ms John­ston, who is re­garded as one of Ire­land’s most renowned nov­el­ists, was joined by lead­ing jazz gui­tarist Mike Nielsen, as they launched this year’s fes­ti­val, which takes place from this Fri­day, April 13, to Sun­day, April 15.

Events be­gin with ‘Way with Words’ il­lus­tra­tion work­shop by Oisin McGann at 4 p.m. on Fri­day. This free work­shop is for six to eight year olds and will take place in a mo­bile li­brary out­side the Ash­ford Com­mu­nity and Her­itage Cen­tre.

The free fes­ti­val launch con­cert takes place from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Nun’s Cross Church and will fea­ture per­for­mances by Perfect Fric­tion, com­poser Elaine Agnew and stu­dents of Nuns Cross NS and Scoil Coróine Mhuire NS, poet Nell Re­gan and stu­dents of Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin.

A lunchtime con­cert will take place at 1 p.m. on Satur­day at Ash­ford Com­mu­nity and Her­itage Cen­tre, fea­tur­ing emerg­ing artists Michael St­ed­man on gui­tar, So­prano Ava Dodd and Eric Sheeran-Pur­cell on piano. Ad­mis­sion will be €5/€3.

A writ­ing work­shop along the ‘Sea­mus Heaney Wood­land Walk’ led by writer David But­ler and nat­u­ral­ist Richard Nairn will be held from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. The meet­ing point is at Ash­ford Com­mu­nity and Her­itage Cen­tre and, from there, par­tic­i­pants will car pool to the Devil’s Glen Woods. The cost of this work­shop is €10/€5.

Nun’s Cross Church will play host to the ‘If Mu­sic and Sweet Poetry Agree’ con­cert at 8 p.m. This will fea­ture cur­rent Ire­land Pro­fes­sor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuil­leanáin and per­for­mance

by singer Aoife Doyle, pi­anist Greg Fel­ton and Cor­mac Breat­nach on the Susato whis­tles. Ad­mis­sion is €15/€12 or €30 for a fam­ily of two adults and two chil­dren.

Sun­days events be­gin with baby mu­sic work­shops hosted by Anna Newell and Ea­mon Sweeney at Ash­ford Com­mu­nity and Her­itage Cen­tre. Th­ese work­shops takes place at 10 a.m., 10.45 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and are suit­able for ba­bies aged un­der one year.

Each work­shop is limited to four ba­bies plus one guardian

per baby and the cost of tak­ing part is €7.50 (book­ing is essen­tial).

Scoil Coróine Mhuire will be the venue for a ‘Fight­ing Words’ chil­dren’s story work­shop from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.. This fun and imag­i­na­tive work­shop is free but book­ing is essen­tial.

Bridge Street Books will present best-sell­ing chil­dren’s au­thor Judi Cur­tain at Ash­ford Com­mu­nity and Her­itage Cen­tre from 12.15 p.m. to 1.15 p.m. Suit­able for chil­dren aged eight to 12 years, ad­mis­sion will be €3.

From 12.30 p.m. Ea­mon Sweeney will be hold­ing a ‘Tod­dler Mu­sic’ work­shop for two to five year olds at Scoil Coróine Mhuire NS.

The cost is €5 per child and the work­shop is limited to 15 chil­dren plus guardians.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Martsworth in Ash­ford, Bridge Street Books in Wick­low town or from Eventbrite.ie or by email­ing feilelon­dubh@gmail. com.

Feile Lon­dubh is run by Alchemy Mu­sic with the sup­port of the Arts Coun­cil Ire­land.

(Back, from left) Cata­rina Leone, Ea­mon Sweeney, (front) Rachel Fac­tor, Jen­nifer John­ston and lit­er­ary cu­ra­tor Nell Re­gan at the launch of Ash­ford’s Feile Londubh in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

Ea­mon Sweeney, Cather­ine Nolan from Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion and Rachel Fac­tor.

Mike Neilsen, Francesco Tur­risi and Richard Nairn from Wild Wick­low.

David Dodd and Nora Dodd.

Michael and Sue Leonard.

Aoife McLough­lin and Su­san Tay­lor.

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