Rostrevor Literary Festival
Saturday, November 23rd
The fourth annual Rostrevor Literary Festival on November 23 has a special theme - `the Irish language crossing the divide.'
There will be a roundtable discussion chaired by Poilin Ni Chiarain (radio and television broadcaster, journalist and columnist) including Linda Ervine (East Belfast language rights activist), Seamus Mac Dhaibheid (Irish language voluntary teacher based in Newry), and Padraig O Tuama (poet, theologian and mediator).
The Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Northern Ireland; Newry, Mourne and Down Council, and the Open University.
Festival brings together a diverse range of writers and poets.
Lead organiser William Graham said: ``This is another exciting year for Rostrevor Literary Festival including the Irish language discussion.
``The overall programme represents something which the Rostrevor Festival has set out to do from the get go ... a kind of diverse collection, somewhat off-beat and alternative to other festivals in the land. Listening to these writers and poets, I hope, opens a literary window that in essence depicts life here and there.''
Highlights include a reading and talk by Irish poet Paula Meehan. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013-2016.
Dublin born Paula is one of the island's best known women poets and her work has garnered both popular and critical acclaim and been translated into many languages across the world.
Orla McAlinden originally from Portadown is a Pushcart Prize nominee, the Cecil Day Lewis emerging writer 2016, and the winner of the BGEIBA Irish short story.
Hungarian poet Csilla Toldy lives in Rostrevor. She will launch her new short story collection `Angel Fur.' Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Ireland, the UK, Canada and Australia.
David Park, Belfast, has written nine novels and two collections of short stories. His latest novel Travelling in a Strange Land won the 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.
Padraig O Tuama is a poet and theologian whose work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community.
Misha Glenny is a multiple award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. His best selling book, McMafia, about the globalisation of organised crime is broadcast as a major drama series by the BBC and AMC.
Nigel Boullier from Bangor has been a practicising traditional musician for well over forty years. His book project `Handed Down' covers the east and centre of county Down, the fiddle music and local dances.
The Rostrevor Literary Festival is a free event and opens at An Cuan, Shore Road, Rostrevor at 9.30am on November 23.
That night there will also be readings by the talented writers of the WomenAloud Community Group at 8pm in Crawford's Bar, Rostrevor.
On Sunday, November 24, a workshop will be held at An Cuan on writing historical fiction. It will be hosted by novelist Heather Richardson.
Rostrevor Literary Festival is a free event and no advance booking is required.
44 Shore Road
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