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2018 PROGRAMME

featuring

interviews with John Banville (Saturday) and Jennifer Johnston (Sunday)

SUNDAY 30th September 2018

8:00AM- 8:45AM MORNING CHILLOUT

Meditation walk along the beach

REGISTRATION 8:45AM – 9:15AM

9:00AM – 11:00AM morning session

ALL YOU NEED TO WRITE

Notebook, pen, memory & imagination with Fiona O’Rourke

Sheila llewellyn author

CONVERSATION

with Sheila Llewellyn & Jackie HaydenThe nuts and bolts of writing historical fiction based on fact

John MacKenna

KEEPING IT SHORT

Writing for Radio and Short Fiction workshop with John MacKenna

Dr Martina Carroll

WORKSHOP

The role of Writing & Poetry in Positive Psychology with Dr Martina Carroll

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A practical workshop with Fiona O’Rourke. Fiona will use creative exercises to generate new work or focus on works in progress – fiction, memoir, poetry, reflective writing… you decide. Suitable for beginners and those already writing. “Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking, I have been jotting down ideas ever since.” (WBTS 2016) “Using imagination can be difficult, you made it easy and safe to share.” (WBTS 2017)
Note:  Commencing 9:00AM

Limited to 20 people

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this workshop.

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What are the issues in writing novels with a historical context? How do you integrate fact into a fictional narrative? What are the ethics of using historical /real life figures? In conversation with Jackie Hayden, Sheila will also highlight the issues with readings from her acclaimed first novel ‘Walking Wounded’ ‘An expertly imagined novel about war’s long trail of damage’ – Hilary Mantel ‘A beautiful and humane debut novel’ – The Guardian
Note: Commencing 9:30AM

General Admission

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John MacKenna, from Castledermot in Kildare, is the author of novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. He is an acclaimed radio producer and broadcaster. He also teaches. This interview will review MacKenna’s career as a writer and will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of writing—the daily struggles and the variety of challenges presented by different genres and mediums.
Note: Commencing 9:30AM

General Admission

 

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Martina encourages people to discover their creative side for the benefit of themselves, their families and/or communities because living life creatively can bring happiness, joy and excitement. Convention can restrict us rather than freeing our imagination to tackle the causes of stress of unhappiness .Writing can help free our imagination and connect us to our deepest core.
Note: Commencing 9:00AM

Limited to 30 people

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this workshop.

option 1: ALL YOU NEED TO WRITE

Notebook, pen, memory & imagination with Fiona O’Rourke

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A practical workshop with Fiona O’Rourke. Fiona will use creative exercises to generate new work or focus on works in progress – fiction, memoir, poetry, reflective writing… you decide. Suitable for beginners and those already writing. “Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking, I have been jotting down ideas ever since.” (WBTS 2016) “Using imagination can be difficult, you made it easy and safe to share.” (WBTS 2017)
Limited to 20 people

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this workshop.
Note:  Commencing 9:00AM

Sheila llewellyn author

option 2: CONVERSATION

with Sheila Llewellyn & Jackie HaydenThe nuts and bolts of writing historical fiction based on fact

READ MORE

What are the issues in writing novels with a historical context? How do you integrate fact into a fictional narrative? What are the ethics of using historical /real life figures? In conversation with Jackie Hayden, Sheila will also highlight the issues with readings from her acclaimed first novel ‘Walking Wounded’ ‘An expertly imagined novel about war’s long trail of damage’ – Hilary Mantel ‘A beautiful and humane debut novel’ – The Guardian
  General Admission

Note: Commencing 9:30AM

John MacKenna

option 3: KEEPING IT SHORT

Writing for Radio and Short Fiction workshop with John MacKenna

READ MORE

John MacKenna, from Castledermot in Kildare, is the author of novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. He is an acclaimed radio producer and broadcaster. He also teaches. This interview will review MacKenna’s career as a writer and will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of writing—the daily struggles and the variety of challenges presented by different genres and mediums.
General Admission

Note: Commencing 9:30AM

Dr Martina Carroll

option 4: WORKSHOP

The role of Writing & Poetry in Positive Psychology with Dr Martina Carroll

READ MORE

Martina encourages people to discover their creative side for the benefit of themselves, their families and/or communities because living life creatively can bring happiness, joy and excitement. Convention can restrict us rather than freeing our imagination to tackle the causes of stress of unhappiness .Writing can help free our imagination and connect us to our deepest core.
Limited to 30 people

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this workshop.
 Note: Commencing 9:00AM

BREAK 11:00AM – 11:30AM

11:30AM – 12:30PM mid-morning session

STORYTELLING

WHAT AGENTS LOOK FOR

with Jo Unwin of JULA Agency

Liam Gaul

IS WRITING HISTORY A MYSTERY?

how to research and write by Liam Gaul

Jim Nolan

INTERVIEW

with playwright Jim Nolan by Dr Richard Hayes of Waterford Institute of Technology

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Choose from:

 

Wisdom Stories from Around the World: Wexford based storyteller, Margaret Galvin believes that It is through story that we understand. Join her for a compelling session of wisdom tales to increase our understanding of the ways of the world. Travel with her to the unlikely stronghold of the Earl of Benbo, to the cafe where cranes dance on the wall. Hear about the trickster’s pot that gave birth! Learn why the poor man gave away a diamond. Be enchanted and inspired. FULLY BOOKED

OR

Pat Jordan has over twenty five years experience in story-telling and narrates funny stories about ordinary life events. His performance will be sprinkled with music supplied by Brendan Wickham on tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and John Kenny on piano accordion.

OR

Brendan Power’s workshop will cover such areas as what makes a good story, the difference between the written and the verbal, where to find stories, how to develop them and how to deliver them.

Limited to 30 people (10 per storyteller)

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this session and storyteller you wish to attend.

READ MORE

Jo has worked in publishing for eight years.  She set up JULA working initially in association with RCW, and then in September ’16 opened her fully independent agency. Based at Somerset House she now has over thirty published (or soon-to-be-published) authors. She represents authors of literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction, Young Adult fiction, children’s fiction, comic writing and narrative non-fiction. In the last year alone she has had two authors longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, two longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award, one shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize, one for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, one for the Costa First Novel, a winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as several Sunday Times bestsellers.
General Admission

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A talk presented by author, historian and broadcaster, Liam Gaul, Outlining the work involved in researching, writing and publishing local historical events.
General Admission

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Jim Nolan is the founder and former artistic director of the famous Red Kettle Theatre Company in Waterford. Many of his plays are set in the South East of Ireland. Across a long and distinguished career he has examined the hearts and souls of ordinary and not so ordinary people in the region, exposing with great clarity the particularities of life in this part of the world. Amongst his works are Moonshine, Blackwater Angel, The Salvage Shop, Dreamland and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye. This interview will review his career and reflect on what it means to be a writer from this part of Ireland.
General Admission

option 1: STORYTELLING

Wisdom Stories from Around the World

READ MORE

Choose from:

 

Wexford based storyteller, Margaret Galvin believes that It is through story that we understand. Join her for a compelling session of wisdom tales to increase our understanding of the ways of the world. Travel with her to the unlikely stronghold of the Earl of Benbo, to the cafe where cranes dance on the wall. Hear about the trickster’s pot that gave birth! Learn why the poor man gave away a diamond. Be enchanted and inspired. FULLY BOOKED

OR

Pat Jordan has over twenty five years experience in story-telling and narrates funny stories about ordinary life events. His performance will be sprinkled with music supplied by Brendan Wickham on tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and John Kenny on piano accordion.

OR

Brendan Power’s workshop will cover such areas as what makes a good story, the difference between the written and the verbal, where to find stories, how to develop them and how to deliver them.

Limited to 30 people (10 per storyteller)

HOW TO BOOK

To reserve a place, please purchase an admission ticket to Write By The Sea on Eventbrite, then contact writebytheseakq@gmail.com quoting your name, your ticket order number and the name of this session.

option 2: WHAT AGENTS LOOK FOR

with Jo Unwin of JULA Agency 

READ MORE

Jo has worked in publishing for eight years.  She set up JULA working initially in association with RCW, and then in September ’16 opened her fully independent agency. Based at Somerset House she now has over thirty published (or soon-to-be-published) authors. She represents authors of literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction, Young Adult fiction, children’s fiction, comic writing and narrative non-fiction. In the last year alone she has had two authors longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, two longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award, one shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize, one for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, one for the Costa First Novel, a winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as several Sunday Times bestsellers.
General Admission

Liam Gaul

option 3: IS WRITING HISTORY A MYSTERY?

how to research and write by Liam Gaul

READ MORE

A talk presented by author, historian and broadcaster, Liam Gaul, Outlining the work involved in researching, writing and publishing local historical events.
 General Admission

Jim Nolan

option 4: INTERVIEW

with playwright Jim Nolan by Dr Richard Hayes of Waterford Institute of Technology

READ MORE

Jim Nolan is the founder and former artistic director of the famous Red Kettle Theatre Company in Waterford. Many of his plays are set in the South East of Ireland. Across a long and distinguished career he has examined the hearts and souls of ordinary and not so ordinary people in the region, exposing with great clarity the particularities of life in this part of the world. Amongst his works are Moonshine, Blackwater Angel, The Salvage Shop, Dreamland and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye. This interview will review his career and reflect on what it means to be a writer from this part of Ireland.
General Admission

LUNCH 12:30PM – 1:45PM

1:45PM – 3:15PM afternoon session

CRIME WRITING

Talk & Workshop on Crime Writing by Sinead Crowley, RTÉ

John MacKenna

INTERVIEW

Eleanor McEvoy

SONG LYRICS, SERIOUS LITERATURE OR THROWAWAY POP?

Séamus Ó Diollúin

THE INFLUENCE OF IRISH

on how we speak and write English with Séamus Ó Diollúin

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Sinead will be hosting a workshop on Irish crime fiction, starting with a discussion of contemporary trends and her own work. Sinead will then host an interactive session with the readers to include writing as well as reading crime fiction, and the publishing process.
General Admission

READ MORE...

John has written for theatre, he is a well known contributor to Sunday Miscellany, and has published collections of short stories. Richard Hayes will interview him on his work as a writer followed by Q&A
General Admission

READ MORE...

In the wake of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize, Eleanor McEvoy explores the power of lyrics. Looking to her own songs and those of other writers, she explores the place song lyrics hold in today’s society.
General Admission

READ MORE...

While we’ve all come across the influence of loan words (and some dubious translations!) in Irish, we might not be as familiar with the influence of the Irish language on how we speak and write in English. This interactive workshop will focus on some of the more common (and not so common examples) of influences of Irish on English and look at a historical and linguistic context for this. Participants will be invited to use some of the examples in their own writing and then share those with the group.  
General Admission

option 1: CRIME WRITING

Talk & Workshop on Crime Writing by Sinead Crowley, RTÉ

READ MORE

Sinead will be hosting a workshop on Irish crime fiction, starting with a discussion of contemporary trends and her own work. Sinead will then host an interactive session with the readers to include writing as well as reading crime fiction, and the publishing process.
General Admission

John MacKenna

option 2: INTERVIEW

with John MacKenna by Dr Richard Hayes

READ MORE

John has written for theatre, he is a well known contributor to Sunday Miscellany, and has published collections of short stories. Richard Hayes will interview him on his work as a writer followed by Q&A
 General Admission

Eleanor McEvoy

option 3: SONG LYRICS, SERIOUS LITERATURE OR THROWAWAY POP?

with Eleanor McEvoy 

READ MORE

In the wake of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize, Eleanor McEvoy explores the power of lyrics. Looking to her own songs and those of other writers, she explores the place song lyrics hold in today’s society.
General Admission

Séamus Ó Diollúin

option 4: THE INFLUENCE OF IRISH

on how we speak and write English with Séamus Ó Diollúin

READ MORE

While we’ve all come across the influence of loan words (and some dubious translations!) in Irish, we might not be as familiar with the influence of the Irish language on how we speak and write in English. This interactive workshop will focus on some of the more common (and not so common examples) of influences of Irish on English and look at a historical and linguistic context for this. Participants will be invited to use some of the examples in their own writing and then share those with the group.
General Admission

BREAK 3:15PM – 3:30PM

2018 Programme : Interview with Jennifer Johnston

3:30PM FEATURE INTERVIEW

JENNIFER JOHNSTON

An Interview with Jennifer Johnston

by Jackie Hayden

Jackie Hayden will interview Jennifer Johnston about her pre-eminent position in modern Irish literature, the writers who inspired her, and her observations on the changes in Irish society and fiction since her first novel The Captains and The Kings in 1972.

2018 Programme : Interview with Jennifer Johnston

4:45PM Winning Entries

Winning entries from our Writing Competition will be read

5:00PM Festival Wrap up
with Performance by Peter Murphy

Programme may be subject to change.

WriteStuff is a podcast in which Chris Fitzgerald interviews prominent writers about all things writing. We were delighted to welcome Chris to Write By the Sea in 2018 where he recorded a number of interviews with particpants that are now available to listen to  on the Headstuff website.

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