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

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

Thursday

4th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
Moya CannonKathleen LoughnaneWonder

Poetry Reading & Music with Moya Cannon and Kathlene Loughnane

For: General Audience
curated by poetry ireland

Award winning Moya Cannon has published five collections of poetry, her most recent being Keats Lives (2015) from Carcanet Press. Her poems reflect preoccupations with landscape and seascape, with archaeology, with music, with language itself and with our visceral attachment to the beauty of the earth. The work sings of deep connections – the impulse to ritual and pattern that, across centuries, defines us as human, a web of interdependences that continue to sustain the ‘gratuitous beauty’ of our endangered earth. Her poetry will be beautifully paired with harp playing by Kathlene Loughnane. Kathlene is widely acclaimed for her arrangements and playing of the music of the Irish harpers and the moods in her playing range from the exuberant life of her dance music to the haunting beauty of her slow airs. In arranging and interpreting the music of the 18th century, her most important reference has been the living instrumental tradition, its technique, ornamentation, and energy. Her own compositions have been informed by her extensive research into traditional sources.

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Friday

5th April

10.00am - 12.00pm
Wonders

Fighting Words Workshop

For: Secondary 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 Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

5th April

12.00pm - 1.30pm
Arnold T FanningArnold T Fanning

Talk with Author Arnold Thomas Fanning

For: Blessington Men’s Shed

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 and The Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
During this talk Arnold will put his work into context, discuss the topic of mental health and how it can be stigmatised, and talk about his journey to recovery. He will also refer to his work as a playwright and short story writer, the process of creating new work, collaborating in theatre, and seeing work through to publication, as well as illustrating the talk with readings from his book. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of all the topics raised.

For all bookings and information please contact Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

5th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
Marina CarrDr Ciara KellyArnold T Fanning

Talk with Author Arnold Thomas Fanning & Marina Carr in conversation with Dr Ciara Kelly

Suicide, death, addiction and familial trauma are just some of the themes shared by both featured authors. Join Dr Ciara Kelly as she probes the  writers on what it is like to craft such dark narratives and how they are received. Both authors will read from selected works and discuss what it is like to immerse themselves in their writing process and how they feel that it affects their own personal journey.

Dr Ciara Kelly is a GP, broadcaster (Operation Transformation on RTÉ and Lunchtime Live on Newstalk) and columnist of ‘Doctors Orders’ for the Sunday Independent.

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 and The Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
During this talk Arnold will put his work into context, discuss the topic of mental health and how it can be stigmatised, and talk about his journey to recovery. He will also refer to his work as a playwright and short story writer, the process of creating new work, collaborating in theatre, and seeing work through to publication, as well as illustrating the talk with readings from his book. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of all the topics raised.

Marina’s work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC and many more. She wrote an original oratorio as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council, Mary Gordon in 2016. Winner of many prizes including the Windham-Campbell Prize 2017, she lectures in the School of English at DCU.

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Saturday

6th April

12.00pm - 1.30pm
Manchan Magan

Workshop with author Manchán Magan

For: General Public – Writing Enthusiasts Adults

Travel Writing Workshop: At its heart travel writing is simply good storytelling – a gripping narrative with believable characters and an evocative sense of place. Manchán Magan passionately believes in travel writing as the perfect combination of memoir, history, geography and adventure story. Over two hours, participants will learn how to structure absorbing sentences and meld anecdote, insight and a sense of place into timeless pieces of writing for either personal memoir, travel journalism or literature – transforming the sights, sounds and soul of a journey into engaging prose. .... Manchán Magan is a travel documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America, and wrote the ‘Magan’s World’ travel column for the Irish Times.

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Saturday

6th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
Manchan Magan

A Travel Exploration with Manchán Magan

For: General Audience

Confessions of a deluded traveller – Manchán’s experiences in Africa, India and South America.

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 the Travel Channel. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in Westmeath.

For all bookings and information please contact Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

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Tuesday

9th April

11.30am – 12.30pm
(1st Class)
1.00pm – 2.00pm
(1st Class)
Peter Donelly

Talk and Workshop with Children’s Author Peter Donnelly

For: School Booking

Peter Donnelly is an award-winning Irish author and illustrator.  His debut picture book and best seller the President's Glasses was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2017. His follow up book the President‘s Cat won at the An Post Irish Book Awards in 2018. Peter lives and works in Dublin and is a regular speaker at children’s book festivals and school events.

For all bookings and information please contact Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Wednesday

10th April

10.00am – 10.40am
(Jnr Infants – 1st Class)
11.30am – 12.30pm
(4th – 6th Class)
4.00pm – 5.00pm
(General Public Access – Families)
Mobile Music

The Mobile Music Machine

For: School Bookings / Families

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 RTE 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 Riona Ó Duinnin (flute), Geraldine O’ Doherty (concert harp / traditional harp) in an interactive concert experience specifically tailored for children of primary school years. There are two classroom events available and one open family concert.

For all bookings and information please contact Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

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Thursday

11th April

8.00pm - 9.30pm
Siobhan Berry

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 & 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.

For all bookings and information please contact Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

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Friday

12th April

10.00am – 11.00am
(Jnr Infants – 1st Class)
12.00pm – 1.00pm
(1st – 3rd Class)
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 Blessington Library phone: (045) 891740 or email blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie

Friday

12th April

8.00pm - 10.00pm
CurabinnyCurabinny

Public 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 & grew his love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork - which is headed up by the duo’s food heroes Darina Allen & Rory O’Connell. In Ballymaloe, William nurtured his love of dishes that are unashamedly created with lots of real butter, Maldon Salt & seasonal, fresh vegetables. James comes from the other side of the food world; marketing. Having worked for two of his favourite, Irish brands; Kerrygold & Barry’s Tea, he has learned what goes into making a beautiful product. Witnessing the passion & 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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Saturday

13th April

10.00am - 11.00am
Ross COllinsRoss Collins

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

For: General Public Access - Families & Children 5-7 years

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.

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Saturday

13th April

8.00pm - 10.00pm
Eanna Ni LamhnaMArtin King

Talk with Broadcaster Martin King in conversation Éanna ní Lamhna

For: General Public Access

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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