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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


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