Events in Arklow Library
April 4th to April 15th 2019

Full details below on events that will be on in Arklow Library, with speaker details, booking and time information.

Thursday

4th April

12.30pm - 2.30pm
Wonder

Book Review Event: Glenart College & St John’s NS Arklow

Co-ordinated by the teachers in Glenart College Arklow and St John’s NS Arklow in partnership with the Wicklow County Library Service and Way with Words, one hundred and twenty students will read R.J. Palacio’s book Wonder. Wonder depicts the story of August "Auggie" Pullman who is a homeschooled fifth-grader living in North River Heights in Upper Manhattan with his parents. He has a medical condition, often equated with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which has left his face disfigured. Due to his condition, August has been homeschooled by his mother however, wanting him to experience a larger world, his parents enroll him into Beecher Middle School for the start of fifth grade. August has a sister, Olivia "Via" Pullman, who is older than he is and often puts her brother's needs before her own. On his first day of school, August tries not to draw attention to himself. His efforts are in vain, and Julian, one of the students whom the principal has asked to help August at school, immediately bullies him for his appearance. August's hopes for the school year are later raised slightly when he forms friendships with classmates Jack and Summer, both of whom defend him from Julian's taunts. The themes deal with family dynamics, peer pressure and triumph in the face of adversity. It is carefully crafted allowing the reader to feel a real bond and protective instinct for the main character.

The story was made into a box office smash hit movie in 2017 featuring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jason Tremblay as the central family in the narrative. The Library Service has provided each student reader with a copy of the book and will host as part of the Way with Words Festival a book review event which will be facilitated by an award winning Irish author.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Thursday

4th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
Claire KeeganClaire Keegan

Talk with Claire Keegan

For: General Audience

Claire Keegan’s story collections include Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. “These stories are among the finest stories recently written in English,” wrote the Observer. Walk the Blue Fields, her second collection, was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in 2010, and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story.

New Yorker readers chose Foster as their story of the year. It was also published in Best American Stories is now on the school syllabus in Ireland. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents, she holds both an MA and M.Phil in Creative Writing.

“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work.” – The New York Times

During this talk Claire will discuss fiction writing and read from her latest collection The Forester’s Daughter. Claire’s mesmeric new novella takes us into the heart of the Wicklow countryside, and of the farming family of Victor Deegan, with his 'three teenagers, the milking and the mortgage.

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Thursday

4th April

8.00m - 10.00pm
Arnold Fanning

Writers Talk with Author Arnold Thomas Fanning

For Writers Groups

Arnold Thomas Fanning is a playwright, memoirist, essayist, and short story writer. His first book Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery, described by the Observer as “an extraordinary memoir about how it feels to be depressed, delusional, desperate” was published by Penguin Ireland in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award, the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

He holds an MA in Modern English & American Literature from University College Dublin, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has taught creative writing for the HSE, been visiting lecturer in UCC and DCU, appointed Writer in Residence for Carlow County Council and Carlow College, St Patrick’s, and is currently supervising final year English students in NUI Maynooth.

Arnold will give context to his work and his background while also discussing his approaches to writing, including an exploration of different approaches to writing plays and prose, the collaborative process in theatre, the challenges and techniques of writing memoir, and the process of publication.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

5th April

12.30pm - 2.00pm
Manchan Magan

Workshop with author Manchán Magan

For: School Bookings
Local Gaelcholáiste na Mara secondary students

Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times, reports on travel for various radio programmes, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ and Travel Channel. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in Westmeath. His workshop will focus on tales from his travels - he has for five years sought out the best community tourism projects in Africa - Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Zambia. He will provide hints and tips for travel and documentary writing which will appeal to those interested in writing or blogging.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

5th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
John BanvilleJohn Banville

Talk with Author John Banville

For: General Public Access

John Banville’s latest publications are the novel Mrs Osmond, and Times Pieces: A Dublin Memoir.  He is the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Kafka Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award.  He has written a number of crime novels under the pen-name Benjamin Black.  He is also a screenwriter, playwright and book reviewer.  He lives in Dublin.

Join John as he reads from Mrs Osmond and Times Pieces: A Dublin Memoir and discusses what it is like to move between writing genres so fluidly.  He is renowned for his work both nationally and internationally.

Mrs Osmond:  Isabel Osmond has fled Rome and her oppressive marriage after discovering her husband’s shocking, years-long betrayal of her.  Arriving in London, she is determined to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence.

Soon Isabel must return to Italy and confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her.  But will she succeed in outwitting him, and securing her revenge?

‘Crackles with threat, energy and malice……Astonishing’, Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times

‘Masterly….Banville is a great storyteller.  Full of page-turning suspenses that keep you guessing’ Observer

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Saturday

6th April

12.30pm - 2.00pm
Alvean Jones

Talk with Alvean Jones
with Sign Language Interpreter Caroline O’Leary

For: Users of Irish Sign Language and General Public Access

Alvean Jones from Dublin is heavily involved with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, as an actor and director she has years of experience on stage and backstage, from 1994. Alvean has been very much involved in the Deaf Community, serving on a multitude of committees, and involved with adult and continuing education as a tutor. She teaches Drama, Irish History, and Communications to Deaf people in Dublin. Recently, Alvean was in a play by Ailis Ni Riain, called “I used to feel”, with Kate Romano, at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2018, repeating a performance that took place in the Cork Midsummer’s Festival in June 2017. Alvean was also in “Death of the Innocents”, by D’Sign Arts, at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, and in the Alley Theatre in Strabane, in December 2016. In her spare time, Alvean enjoys creative writing and making videos.

During this talk Alvean will discuss her own work with her theatre practice and experiences. Lead by Alvean and supported by interpreter Caroline O’Leary, people will have an opportunity to experience the expressive possibilities of sign language and to participate by sharing their own short stories. Users of ISL are especially encouraged to attend but it is also open for general public access.

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Saturday

6th April

8.00pm - 10.00pm
CurabinnyCurabinny

Talk with Currabinny Duo James Kavanagh and William Murray

For: General Public Access

James Kavanagh and William Murray’s passion for wonderful ingredients and traditional cooking with a modern twist was the inspiration for their food company Currabinny. Now in the Currabinny Cookbook, they share the recipes that have won them a loyal following since opening in 2013. The Currabinny Cookbook has won Cookbook of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2018. The duo is immensely popular, coming to Wicklow fresh from their appearance with DJ Rick O’Shea at the prestigious Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire. They have legions of followers from their market selling, are avidly followed on social media and are a marketing smash hit. William studied and grew his love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork - which is headed up by the duo’s food heroes Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell. In Ballymaloe, William nurtured his love of dishes that are unashamedly created with lots of real butter, Maldon Salt and seasonal, fresh vegetables. James comes from the other side of the food world; marketing. Having worked for two of his favourite, Irish brands; Kerrygold and Barry’s Tea, he has learned what goes into making a beautiful product. Witnessing the passion and quality that goes into making a Barry’s teabag and how the perfect grass has to exist in order for Kerrygold Butter to be as delicious as it is, has stuck and influenced his food ethos.

This talk is open to all – come along and hear the lads chat about their cooking, recipe hints and tips, getting social and founding a business platform.

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Tuesday

9th April

10.30am – 12.30pm
(1st to 5th Classes)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
(Secondary School)
Fighting Words

Fighting Words Workshop

For: School Booking

Fighting Words is a free creative writing programme developed by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in 2009.  The programme operates on the premise that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education: that giving children a real dedicated chance and space to explore the limitlessness of their imaginations, does great things.  Fighting Words works with students of all ages to develop their creative writing skills, explore their love of writing and let their imaginations run free. All work of Fighting Words is free. Join them on this workshop journey where the group will instantly and without knowing craft a story.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Wednesday

10th April

10.00am – 10.40am
(Jnr Infants to 1st Class)
12.00am – 12.40pm
(Jnr Infants to 1st Class)
1.30pm – 2.30pm
(4th to 6th Classes)
Mobile Music

The Mobile Music Machine

For: School Booking

The Mobile Music Machine is a group of leading Irish classical musicians, who have come together for the purpose of offering in-house music education to primary school children across Ireland. They are a registered company performing to the highest standards. Originally formed in 2007 by Fulbright scholar Gerald Peregrine and colleague Paul O'Hanlon (former co-principal RTÉ Concert Orchestra), the group has performed to over 20,000 school children around Ireland. They are regular performers at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, where they work with the Education and Outreach Department. They have also formed working partnerships with Music Generation, as well as many local Arts Offices around Ireland. The members of the group are all highly experienced musicians, and are in constant demand as performers both at home and abroad. They regularly perform in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Listen to the spell binding music and tales of Lynda O’Connor (violin), Lisa Dowdall (viola) and Gerald Peregrine (cello) in an interactive concert experience specifically tailored for children of primary school years.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Thursday

11th April

9.30am – 10.30am
(Age 5 - 7)
11.30am – 12.30pm
(Age 7 - 9)
1.30pm – 2.30pm
(Age 7 - 9)
Ross CollinsRoss Collins

Talk and Workshop with Children’s Author / Illustrator Ross Collins

For: School Booking

Ross Collins is coming to the Festival from Scotland. On graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Ross won the MacMillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he has illustrated over 130 books for children and written about a dozen or so. Children in over 30 countries seem to enjoy them and several have won enormous glittering awards.

Ross’ Greenaway shortlisted book The Elephantom was adapted into a critically acclaimed play by those clever people at the National Theatre who made ‘That War Horse Thing’. There’s a Bear on my Chair was also shortlisted for the Greenaway and won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. When he’s not creating children’s books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog Hugo, who is an idiot and his partner Jacqui, who is not.

Come with your class and join Ross as he draws and talks about how a picture book is created with his worldwide bestselling book There’s a Bear on my Chair. The workshop is suitable for Junior Infants to 3rd classes. The books are laugh-out loud funny and particularly theatrical.

For all bookings and information please contact Arklow Library phone (0402) 39977 or email: arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

12th April

8.00pm - 10.00pm
Eanna Ni LamhnaEanna Ni Lamhna

Talk with Broadcaster Martin King in conversation Éanna ní Lamhna

Éanna ní Lamhna is a renowned author and wildlife expert. She is as comfortable on screen regularly featuring on the Six O’Clock Show, as she is conducting a wildlife walk in St Stephen’s Green. She is the author of several books including Wild Dublin: Exploring Nature in the City and Wild Things at School. Martin King is a Broadcaster with Virgin Media. He co-presents Virgin Media’s evening show, The Six O'Clock Show with Muireann O’Connell weekdays. The programme is a fast-paced witty show where they speak to a whole host of guests. Martin presents his own mid-morning radio slot on Dublin’s Q102 from 9am-2pm.

Join them as Éanna talks all things wildlife, her book, and everything in between in conversation with Martin. Éanna will also bring along and chat about her top five favourite reads to recommend.

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Saturday

13th April

12.30pm – 2.00pm

Talk with Siobhan Berry (mummycooks.com) Author and Entrepreneur

For: Parents

Siobhan Berry is Ireland’s top weaning and feeding expert and the founder of Mummy Cooks. She has distinguished herself as a resource for parents by providing simple, realistic and fuss-free advice. Siobhan is also the author of the Baby and Family - Cook for Family, Adapt for Baby recipe book, and will launch her second highly anticipated book Lunch Box Made Easy in April this year. Siobhan is the first Baby and Toddler ambassador for SuperValu, and the weaning expert at Ireland’s largest parenting site, mummypages.ie. She makes regular TV and radio appearances as Ireland’s feeding expert.

Join Siobhan for hints and tips on weaning and feeding together with delicious and easy recipes designed to be family friendly. Her work has many testimonials and an endorsement from Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Unit at Holles Street.

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Saturday

13th April

8.00pm – 9.30pm

Event Cancelled
John Mc Auliffe (poet) with Kevin Doherty (singer / songwriter)

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled and will not now go ahead.