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iad-T in the Park

17th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

On Saturday November 28th, IADT and the Dún Laoghaire Arts Office are launching iad-T in the Park, a series of literary happenings taking place once a month at the Tea Rooms in the People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire.

Writers, readers and booklovers of all ages are invited to drop in and join Mia Gallagher, writer-in-residence at the IADT, for an exciting mix of literature, cakes and super-strength espresso. Tea-drinkers are also catered for!

Whether it’s poetry that takes your fancy or crime fiction that keeps you turning those pages, iad-T in the Park offers you the chance to share your work in public, chat with other writers, meet some of Ireland’s brightest literary talents – or just talk about the books you love reading.

The events are free of charge, open to all and will run from midday to 4pm.

A full list of all the events is available on the web site.

Heaney Wins David Cohen Prize

19th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

It was announced last night that Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, author and playwright Seamus Heaney has been awarded the £40,000 David Cohen Prize for Literature.

The David Cohen Prize is a literary prize awarded every two years to a writer, novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist or dramatist in recognition of an entire body of work, written in the English language. Previous winners include Derek Mahon, Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, and V.S. Naipaul.

On receiving his prize this evening at a ceremony at the British Library, Heaney said: “First of all there’s the list of the previous winners, a roll call of the best; there’s the fact that you don’t enter for it but are chosen from the wide field of your contemporaries; and then there’s the verification of that reference to ‘lifetime achievement’” He called it “a lovely reward when offered by a panel of such distinguished writers and readers”.

The David Cohen prize judges – poet laureate Andrew Motion, novelist Rose Tremain, poet and critic Robert Crawford, Guardian journalist Maya Jaggi and Malawian poet Jack Mapanje – felt that the “self-renewing force of his writing, and the sheer scale of his achievement”, made the award of the prize “an absolutely right and proper act of recognition”.

Those who wish to be reminded of Heaney’s talent need only read his poem “In the Attic”, which was published last month in The New Yorker.

Force 12 in Mayo

1st June 2007 by Maura McHugh

Mayo County Council Arts Office has announced the line-up for the 2007 Force 12 Writers’ Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th June in Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

Chris Agee will direct the weekend, with a host of well-known writers including Michael Longley, Harry Clifton, Michael Coady, Patricia Craig, Deirdre Madden, Claire Keegan, Francis Harvey and Writer-in-Residence Paddy Bushe. The weekend is very much dedicated to visiting writers groups and it will provide a great opportunity for Mayo writers to interact with groups from all over the country.

Places are limited, so it is essential to book by Friday 1st June (today!). If you wish to attend any of the events contact the Mayo County Council Arts Office at 094-9024444, ext. 7558 & 7560, or mayoarts@mayococo.ie .