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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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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.

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

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