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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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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

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

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