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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


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


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


Saturday 13th September


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