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School workshops in Illustration and Creative Writing
Evening events in Laurel Villa
Stanzas and Scones with guest poets
Exhibition by Colin Davidson
Laureate na nÓg visit Eoin Colfer
Discussions and poetry readings
Reading Rooms
Illustration and Creative Writing workshops open to the public
Music performance by Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol
Closing event Liam O'Flynn and guests








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Thursday 11th September

Readings

Poetry Trail - From Boortree To Anemone

In July this year, the poet and keen plantswoman Jean Bleakney was introduced to the owner of Maghera's Mid Ulster Garden Centre, Jim Bradley. A creative friendship was forged as the idea of the poetry themed Heaney garden took seed.

Emails were exchanged discussing plants like Rosa Old Blush China and Artemisa Arbrotanum and Jean swopping poetry. One email saw Jim sign off "Thank you for the link. I am now both horticulturally and poetically uplifted for the day!"

Plants have provided inspiration, balm and metaphor throughout history. Strollers in the garden of Laurel Villa will find a trail of poems placed alongside plants to which they are linked by name or association; poems by Seamus Heaney and the poets who inspired him. This installation uses Laurel Villa's leafy backdrop and specific existing plants and supplied by Mid Ulster Garden Centre.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 10am


FREE event

Admission free

Friday 12th September

In conversation

Poetry & the Planter

Join the Poet & the Planter in Conversation with BBC Radio Ulster's Cherrie McIlwaine from Gardener's Corner. Hear how they come to co-create the Heaney Poetry Trail at Laurel Villa.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 1pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Thursday 11th September

Exhibitions

Painting Heaney

At the end of 2012, Seamus Heaney sat for a portrait by Colin Davidson in the poet's Dublin home. The resulting painting was unveiled in June 2013, just two months before Heaney's death. This small exhibition gives a unique insight into the artist's working practice, showing some of his drawings of the Nobel Laureate alongside the finished portrait itself. The exhibition will also include a short BBC film, which documents Colin Davidson's progress, from start to finish, with what would be the last portrait of Seamus Heaney.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 12noon - 8pm


FREE event

Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Colin Davidson in Conversation with Glenn Patterson

Colin Davidson is in conversation with the writer Glenn Patterson who also has recently sat for Colin, and brings his own insight into being a Davidson subject


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7 pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Thursday 11th September

Exhibitions

Heaney On Air - A BBC Tribute

Heaney on Air is a tribute to Seamus Heaney's work for the BBC. It will include a selection of archive screenings and an illustrated talk by Pat Loughrey on Seamus Heaney's programmes for local schools and our Nobel Laureate's skills as a writer of scripts and presenter. It promises to be a memorable event, unlocking the archive and celebrating Seamus Heaney as one of our most gifted broadcasters - a public intellectual whose voice was familiar (and immediately recognisable) to BBC audiences at home and around the world. 

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 10am The Stables, Laurel Villa


FREE event

For more information about these events and to apply for tickets, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets


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Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Peter Fallon In Conversation with Heaney commentator Professor Bernard O' Donoghue

The Gallery Press publisher and poet Peter Fallon talks to leading Heaney critic, poet & Oxford academic, Prof. Bernard O'Donoghue about his long & unique relationship with Seamus Heaney. From being one of the Seamus' first readers to Seamus being best man at Peter's wedding, it is a story of two friends who, in Peter's words, "rode shotgun for each other".

Expect an intimate evening of words & wit in celebration of a singular and deep reaching friendship forged in poetry, people and place.

Peter will also be reading from "Strong, My Love", his first collection in seven years, a series of prayer like poems for family & old friends.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8pm


Paid event

Admission £7.50

Friday 12th September

Education

Eoin Colfer, Laureate na nÓg - Launches Once Upon A Place At On Home Ground

Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project established by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon which recognises the role and importance of literature for children. The laureateship is currently held by Eoin Colfer. Eoin is a best-selling author of books for children and teens, known for writing the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, the Wish List, The Supernaturalist and Airman. The second in his latest series, W.A.R.P. The Hangman's Revolution has just been published.

As Laureate na nÓg, Eoin has initiated a new project called Once Upon A Place. He wants to bring stories to children all over Ireland, reaching places that might not normally be prioritised . Eoin's second focus is on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage a very special and memorable storytelling event that would spark children's imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people in an experiential way.

Audience: Children

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 10.30am


FREE event

This is a closed session for invited local school students.

Friday 12th September

In conversation

Eoin Colfer in conversation with Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish Oliver's picture books, now translated into over 30 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Stuck & This Moose Belongs to Me. The Day The Crayons Quit, illustrated by Jeffers, was a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 2pm


Paid event

Admission £7.50

Friday 12th September

Readings

Stanzas and Scones - Poet Nathaniel J McAuley

If Shakespeare believed music was the food of love, we here at On Home Ground believe that scones should be the food of stanzas. It's a bit of poetic licence to invite you to stop by mid morning, pour a cuppa, butter one of Laurel Villa's homemade scones and enjoy some verse from new and established poets.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 11am


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Saturday 13th September

Readings

Stanzas and Scones - Poet & physicist Iggy McGovern

If Shakespeare believed that music was the food of love, we here at On Home Ground believe that scones should be the food of stanzas. It's a bit of poetic licence to invite you to stop by mid morning, pour a cuppa, butter on of Laurel Villa's homemade scones and enjoying some verse from new and established poets.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 11am


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

Stanzas and Scones - Poets Myra Vennard, Damian Smyth and singer/songwriter Ciara O'Neill.

If Shakespeare believed music was the food of love, we here at On Home Ground believe that scones should be the food of stanzas. It's a bit of poetic licence to invite you to stop by mid morning, pour a cuppa, butter one of Laurel Villa's homemade scones and enjoy some verse from new and established poets.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 11am


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

My Heaney - Henry McDonald

Henry is Ireland Correspondant for The Guardian and The Observer. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Belfast-born, he is currently writing a novel about one pivotal day in Belfast in 1979. Henry fondly remembers interviewing Heaney on the day the poet laid the foundations of the new Lyric Theatre, about the Lisbon referendum, the EU's future and listening to the Nobel laureate's passionate defence of the democratic European ideal.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 4pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Saturday 13th September

Readings

My Heaney - Seamus McKee

A series of well known journalists, writers and musicians personally select their favourite Heaney poems and reveal how they shaped them.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 1pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Saturday 13th September

Readings

My Heaney - Wireless Mystery Theatre

Aislinn Clarke and Reggie Chamberlain - King are the team behind Wireless Mystery Theatre. Clarke is a writer, director and film maker. Chamberlain - King is a writer and performer. Wireless Mystery Theatre is Northern Ireland's only audio company, specialising in live stage radio plays, sound installations and broadcast material. They have toured the UK and the Republic of Ireland, selling out the Ulster Hall on two ocassions, produced a 4-star reviewed run in the Edinburgh Fringe and their work has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, as well as in Canada, Germany and the United States.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 6pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

My Heaney - Having a Field Day - Travel writer Christopher Somerville on the lines of Heaney's landscape

A series of well known journalists, writers and musicians personally select their favourite Heaney poems and reveal how they shaped them.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 12noon


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

My Heaney - Liam Clarke

Liam is the political Editor of the Belfast Telegraph and former Ireland Correspondent and Northern Ireland editor for the Sunday Times. He is the author of Broadening the Battlefield: H Blocks and the rise of Sinn Fein and co-author (with his wife Kathryn Johnston) of an unauthorised biography of Martin McGuinness "From Guns to Government".

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 1pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

My Heaney - Brian Irvine

A series of well know journalists, writers and musicians personally select their favourite Heaney poems and reveal hoy they shaped them.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 5pm


Paid event

£5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

Maurice Riordan

Cork born poet Maurice Riordan will read from "The finest Music" a new anthology of early Irish lyrics to be published by Faber in Novermber.

These are the poems that founded Ireland's rich literature. Seamus Heaney's work in particular relates to this early tradition and the anthology includes several of his poems and translations. In particular Riordan will be looking at Heaney's interest in the medieval tale of Sweeney - and his versions and variations on subjects related to the wild bird-man and the importance of blackbirds in his poems.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 5pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

Pat Loughrey - Seamus Heaney among school children. Presented by BBC

Seamus Heaney's poetry uniquely captures the wonder of a child's eye view of the world.

Heaney had a deep appreciation of the joys and fears of childhood. He was a teacher and taught in St Thomas' Secondary Intermediate School in West Belfast in the early 1960s and later joined the staff of St Joseph's Teacher Training College.

In that same decade he began to write radio scripts for BBC Schools Programmes and to present occasional School television programmes. Even in those early days Heaney's remarkable ability to speak for and to children was evident, so too was his lifelong love of the local and of South Derry in particular.

In this talk Pat Loughrey presents examples of Heaney's early broadcast work and explores his themes.



Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7pm


FREE event

Admission free

Friday 12th September

Music, Readings

Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin with Zoe Conway, John McIntyre and Poets Leontia Flynn and Medbh McGuckian

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8.15


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Saturday 13th September

Education

Tour of Heaney Country

Eugene Kielt has guided poetry aficionados, overnight guests at Laurel Villa as well as non-residents, groups and travel journalists from all over the world around town lands, places and scenary used in Seamus Heaney's work.

Take a tour around the poet Seamus Heaney's 'first world' in Magherafelt district, described by The Guardian as "One of the top ten outdoors activities in Ireland".

Covering the life and works of the major poet, the five-star tours are conducted by historian and experienced Blue Badge guide, Magherafelt native, Eugene, proprietor of Laurel Villa Guest House, and a friend of the late Nobel Laureate.

Participants on the tour will experience warm, local and first-hand connections with the life and works of Seamus Heaney and will be inspired by his poetry in the most picturesque of surroundings.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 12noon - 3pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Saturday 13th September

Readings

Earth to Alice - Stand-up Poetry by Alice McCullough

Join Alice and experience this captivating new voice that has been delighting audiences as she plays with the boundaries between spoken word, stand-up, storytelling and theatre in her one-woman show 'Earth To Alice' described by Ursula Burs as "Beautiful, profound and funny - stunning new work from an exceptionally talented woman." Winner of the Belfast Book festival Poetry Slam, Writer In Residence at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this year and host of Belfast's new alternative spoken word showcase, Red Pill, Alice's unique take on stand-up poetry has been entertaining audiences across NI, Dublin, London and the Edinburgh Fringe, having supported talents in both poetry and comedy including Hollie McNish and Katherine Ryan.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 12noon


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Saturday 13th September

Exhibitions

Dis-ease

A collaboration between Moyra Donaldson (Poet) and Victoria J. Dean (Visual Artist) curated by Abridged Magazine.

The poet, Moyra Donaldson, and photographic artist, Victoria J. Dean, met in 2010, the inaugural year of the ACNI's Artist Career Enhancement Scheme for which they were both selected.

Interested in each other's work, and in expanding and challenging their individual practices through a collaboration across the disciplines of poetry and the visual arts, they decided to work together.

The exhibition consists of a series of images combined with poems or extracts from poems. Supported by Gregory McCartney, Editor of Abridged Magazine (in its 10th Anniversary year), the Verbal Arts Centre and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Venue: The Bridewell

Times: Launch, 1pm


FREE event

Admission free

Saturday 13th September

In conversation

Belfast Noir

Earlier this year the Guardian newspaper ran an article on what it referred to as a striking new cltural phenomenon in Northern Ireland, the rise of Ulster Noir.

Ahead of the publication of a new anthology of crime fiction writing, Belfast Noir, Bafta award winning investigative reporter Darragh McIntyre talks to three crime fiction writer, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway and Gerard Brennan.

Why is such a strong wave of new crime fiction emerging now? What do these writers have to say about a Post Conflict society?

Darragh's own recent investigation into the Disappeared, coupled with the parallels with Seamus Heaney's Bog poetry, show crime fiction here has only just begun to dig at the surface of our society.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 2pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Saturday 13th September

Music

The New Bards

Introduced by music journalist and CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre Stuart Baillie. Featuring: Best Boy Grip, Robyn G Shiels, Oh Volcano.

Seamus Heaney often remarked that he wished he had gone to more concerts. As a wordsmith, music endlessly fascinated him, and there was no line for him between poetry and songwriting. So welcome to the New Bards On Home Ground, a line up of locally sourced musicians & bands whose lyrics are poetic, whose music is authentic, and whose hearts are pure County Derry. Oh Volcano is Bellaghy brothers Owen and Enda Strathern (formerly of General Fiasco), Robyn G Shiels is from Kilrea, with James Heaney, Seamus' nephew, on banjo, and Eoin O'Callaghan is Best Boy Grip, a songwriter from Derry City. We didn't ask Eminem. Maybe next year?


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 4pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Saturday 13th September

In conversation

The Invisible Tribe - Gary Lightbody In Conversation with Marie-Louise Muir

Snow Patrol's front man, Gary Lightbody, pays his first public performance tribute to the man he describes as making him want to be a writer. From being published as a poet at 15 to winning an Ivor Novello award & penning some of the biggest anthemic hits of our times, Gary okaces Seamus as a central force in his creative life.

Writing in response to the news of Seamus' death, he wrote about an invisible tribe of people who act as creative touchstones.

"People of profound light, love and kindness that simply and maybe even without their knowledge make us and the world around them better. Stephen Fry is one. Guy Garvey another. to see them on the stage, screen or on the page makes us feel safer, happier, stronger, more centred and less confused by life and what the hell we're doing here. I would make Heaney chieftain of that 'invisible tribe'".

Gary will be in conversation with the On Home Ground curator Marie-Louise Muir.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8pm


Paid event

Admission £25.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret. Writer D.D. Everest reads from the book being called the New Harry Potter

Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret is being billed as a phenomenal magical fantasy to rival Harry Potter, a world where bookshelves are enchanted, librarians are sorcerers & spells come to life.

Archie Greene receives a mysterious present on his birthday. Deep within an ancient wooden box he finds an old book, written in a language he doesn't recognise. With the book comes a Special Instruction - Archie must travel to Oxford to return the book to the museum of Magical Miscellany. Soon Archie will meet the family he never knew he had, and discover the world of the Flame Keepers.

D.D. Everest is a successful business journalist and author who has written a number of adult non-fiction books. Archie Greene and the Magician's Instruction is his first book for children. Rights have been sold at auction around the world.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 12noon


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

The Red Pill Showcase: Alice, Tea and Mad Poetry

Alice McCullough hosts an afternoon of wordplay and delight as she invites you down the rabbit hole and into the poetry garden and various other venues to experience a diverse collection of award-winning performance poets in this special Red Pill Showcase. Red Pill is an all new alternative stand-up poetry night based in Belfast that showcases the exciting new wave of spoken word talent emerging with a new generation of poets taking the mic. Bringing poetry far from the page and onto the stage, a fun and exciting way to enjoy some out-of-the-ordinary poetry for all the family. Featuring a special music performance by Ciara O'Neill.

Audience: Adults

Times: 1pm Across the Town Centre


FREE event

Admission free

Sunday 14th September

Readings

Heaney and the Eaten Word - A cookery demonstration with Paula McIntyre

Popular cook, teacher and broadcaster Paula McIntyre brings her culinary skills to Seamus Heaney's poetry in a bespoke cookery demonstration for On Home Ground.

Paula says: " I love Seamus' connection to field, lough and plate in his poetry. So much of his writing resonates me, especially how he celebrates local produce".

So expect everything from sloe gin, blackberries & buttermilk to perch, salmon & oysters.

Trained in the Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson Wales University in Rhode Island, Paula has brought her talent and knowledge of food back to her own Home Ground, sharing with audiences of her radios broadcasts and guests at her table her passion for good food.

A familiar voice to Radio Ulster listeners, Paula has also appeared as the local expert on Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet Programme, hosted by Jay Rayner.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 2pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

Lagan Press at On Home Ground - Hugo Hamilton introduces Carlo Gébler's new book Confessions of a Catastrophist

When Carlo Gébler started writing seriously in the late 1970s there was no internet and publishers liked to lunch. Three decades on the literary world has changed: most significantly, it seems no longer congenial or welcoming to literature or those who try to make literature.

The book is an intriguing mixture of pungent. fierce and striking memoir with pithy mordant notes in the literary trade, on the book he's written and why he wrote them, and on the difficult business of negotiating a way through the thickets and trying to make a living. It is not a sour book (hopefully): it is a funny book (hopefully), it is unquestionably a true book, true about literature and the innumerable humiliations pecuiar to it.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 3pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Readings

Lagan Press at On Home Ground - Colin Barrett reads from his short story collection Young Skins

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2013). He won the 2014 Frank O'Connor international short story award for debut collection of stories, Young Skins.

The book was first published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2013, and was published in th UK this year by Jonathan Cape. Grove Atlantic will publish in the US next year, while translations are also planned for the Netherlands and France.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 3 pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

When Seamus Met Billy

Flickerpix animator Joel Simon introduces the making of Five Fables and screening of Episode 1.

It was to be his last work for a medium in which Seamus Heaney thrived, television. Five Fable was made for BBC Two Northern Ireland by Waddell Media and Flickerpix and saw Heaney's translations of 500 year old stories written by the medieval Scots poet Robert Henryson, animated for a 21st century audience.

Narrated by acclaimed comedian/actor Billy Connoly and with a specially-composed score by internationally renowned pianist Barry Douglas, Five Fables saw Seamus very much involved in all aspects of the project from its inception. this screening includes his final television interview before his death last summer; a fully animated fable, and some documentary elements about how these morality tales made it to the television screen.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 4pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Sunday 14th September

Music

The Given Note On Home Ground - Liam O'Flynn, Neil Martin, Bríd Brennan and Rod McVey

Peerless uilleann pipe Liam O'Flynn returns to his late friend and long time collaborator Seamus Heaney's Home Ground for one off performance.

The legendary musician will play some of the traditional music which formed such a part of "The Poet & the Piper" presentation and which resonated with the poetry and personality of Seamus Heaney. 

Award winning Irish actress Bríd Brennan has personally selected the Heaney poems she will read, her distinctive voice and significant stage presence unmistakeable.

On cello is Neil Martin, a composer and musician with an international reputation for choral andorchestral work, theatre, dance, tv and film scores. On keyboards is the Belfast musician Rod McVey, a long time musical collaborator with Liam O'Flynn.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7.30pm


Paid event

Admission £25.00

Saturday 13th September

Magherafelt 'Never Felt Better' Weekend

Magherafelt is hosting a 'Never Felt Better Weekend' on Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14 with a host of exciting activities and entertainment throughout the town centre to celebrate the Seamus Heaney On Home Ground Festival.

This event is part of Magherafelt District Council's ongoing promotion to highlight Magherafelt's excellent independent boutiques, superb leisure facilities and award-winning restaurants and nnight time economy.

As part of "Never Felt Better Day' activities, local business will be offering special deals, promotions and giveaways via the town's Never Felt Better App: www.neverbetteronline.com or Telephone our Visitor Information Centre on: 028 796 31510

Times: Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14


FREE event

Thursday 11th September

Education

Illustration Workshops

NB: Thursday and Friday illustration workshops are for invited school groups only and are not open to the public.

Audience: Children

Times: Thursday 11, Bellaghy 10am & 2pm Laurel Villa 10 am Friday 12, 10am & 2pm Magherafelt Library, The Bridewell


FREE event

Saturday 13th September

Education

Illustration Workshops

2d, the Northern Ireland Comic Festival has been developed by the Verbal Arts Centre to nurture the arts of visual storytelling and to highlight the importance of illustration in engaging young people with literature. 2D is organised and delivered by the Verbal Arts Centre and we are excited this year to be art of the On Home Ground programme of events. this provide us with the opportunity to develop and extend further the art of storytelling and illustration.

The programme includes fantastic guests who will take parts in a series of engaging workshops delivered by industry experts such as Oliver Jeffers, guest talks from Colin Davidson aimed at school groups of various ages and the general public.


Venue: Magherafelt Library

Times: 10 am (age 6-10) 2pm (age 10-14)


Paid event

£3.00

Sunday 14th September

Education

Illustration Workshops

2D, the Northern Ireland Comic Festival has been developed by the Verbal Arts Centre to nurture the art of visula storytelling and to highlight the importance of illustration in engaging young people with literature. 2D is organised and delivered by the Verbal Arts Centre and we are excited this year to be part of the On Home Ground programme of events. This provides us with the opportunity to develop and extend further the art of storytelling and illustration.

The programme includes fantastic guests who will take part in a series of engaging workshops deiveres by industry experts such as Oliver Jeffers, guest talks from Colin Davidson aimed at school groups of various ages and the general public.


Venue: Magherafelt Library

Times: 2pm (age 6-10)


Paid event

Admission £3.00

Thursday 11th September

Education

Creative Writing workshops

The Verbal Arts Centre is unique in its promotion of language and literature. Situated in Derry - Londonderry on the City walls, our ethos is to engage, educate and enthuse through the arts and development of written and spoken word.

We are delighted to be involved a programme of creative writing session aimed at various ages. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to structure and develop their own poetry. Together the groups will work with a team of creative writers to complete the task of creating a new collection of poetry.

Times: Thursday 11 Bellaghy 10am & 2pm Laurel Villa 2 pm Friday 12 10am & 2pm Magherafelt Library, The Bridewell


FREE event

NB: Thursday and Friday creative writing workshops are for invited school groups only and are not open to the public.

Saturday 13th September

Education

Creative Writing workshops

The Verbal Arts Centre is unique in its promotion of language and literature. Situated in Derry-Londonderry on the City walls, our ethos is to engage, educate and enthuse through the arts and development of written and spoken word.

We are delighted to be involved in the festival and have developed a programme of creative writing sessions aimed at various ages. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to structure and develop their own poetry. Together the groups will work with a team of creative writers to complete the task of creating a new collection of poetry.

Times: The Bridewell, 10 am (age 6-10) Magherafelt Library, 2pm (age 10-14) Laurel Villa, 10am (age 6-10)


Paid event

Admission £3.00

Sunday 14th September

Education

Creative Writing workshops

The Verbal Arts Centre is unique in its promotion f language and literature. Situated in Derry-Londonderry on the City walls, our ethos is to engage, educate and enthuse through the arts and development of written and spoken word.

We are delighted to be involved in the festival and have developed a programme of creative writing sessions aimed to various ages. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to structure and develop their own poetry. together the groups will work with a team of creative writers to complete the task of creating a new collection of poetry.

Venue: Magherafelt Library

Times: Sunday 14, 2pm (age 10-14)


Paid event

Admission £3.00

Thursday 11th September

Readings

The Reading Rooms

The Reading Rooms is a socially inclusive shared reading based on a model of collective reading in a group setting. The Reading Rooms is an innovative, flexible programme which has delivered by the Verbal Arts Centre in a variety of settings and to a range of participant groups from prison groups, older people, dementia groups, young people and various health and wellbeing groups.

Using a shared reading model with poetry and prose, the Reading Rooms project works with many groups to create an accessible and safe setting for participants to engage and flourish trough a series of educational, health and wellbeing sessions.

Throughout the Festival we are delighted that the Reading Rooms will become a hub of celebration of Seamus Heaney's work.


Times: Thursday 11, 12.30pm, Bellaghy Friday 12, 12.30pm & 3pm, Laurel Villa Saturday 13, 11am Magherafelt Library / 12.30pm Laurel Villa Sunday 14, 12noon Magherafelt Library / 12.30pm Laurel Villa


FREE event

Admission Free

Saturday 13th September

Readings

Moyra Donaldson

The poet Moyra Donaldson will read selected poems after the launch of the exhibition Dis-ease in collaboration with the artist Victoria J. Dean 

Venue: Magherafelt Library

Times: 2pm


FREE event