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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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