We have an exciting progamme of events for SiarScéal Festival 2016, which will take place over two days in Roscommon Town - Friday and Saturday, 7-8 October.
The Fortfield Suite at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon will be the venue for Friday's programme, commencing 10.00am. Next door to the Abbey Hotel is Roscommon County Library Headquarters, which will be the venue for Saturday's programme, commencing 1.30pm.
Fortfield Suite, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon
10.00am - 12.30pm: Official Launch of SiarScéal 2016 followed by Hanna Greally Literary Award presentation, presided over by Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Tony Ward. The afternoon's entertainment will include guest speakers with readings from last year's winning entries and others selected for Centenary in Reflection anthology - see Day Two below.
Readings from participating, trophy winning students representing their local schools and Certificate presentation. Participating schools include Roscommon Community College - CBS, the Mercy Convent, Abbey Boys NS, Castleplunkett NS and Abbeycarton NS.
1.30pm – 3.30pm: Floating world Theatre Company presents Lunatic, There I Go
The world of Hanna Greally is interpreted in this Floating World Theatre Company production through a combination of readings and dramatic performance. This story sparks a response in every audience and the post show discussion will be tailored to what the group is most interested in. A short introductory film for the presentation is available online.
Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon
1.30pm - 5.00pm: Launch of Centenary in Reflection. A century celebrated through poetry, story and prose with submissions from local, national and international SiarScéal writers. This Anthology will be launched by the Roscommon County Librarian, with Guest Poet Reading by Mary Branley, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, Mary Guckian, Kieran Furey, Ann Joyce. All published writers will be invited to Read followed by an Open Mike. There will be musical entertainment & Refreshments.