SiarScéal Festival 2015
Programme of Events

SiarScéal Festival 2015 takes place from over two days, Thursday and Friday, 5-6 November. Winners of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards will be announced and prizes presented as part of the Festival programme. Entries are now being accepted. For further information, please see our Competition page. The full programme of events is outlined below and also available to download in handy brochure form.

Thursday, 5th November

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

Rose Morris, overall winner 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards
As overall winner in last year’s Hanna Greally Literary Awards, Rose Morris received a publishing package from The Manuscript Publisher, to see her book published in print and e-book editions. This year’s festival will open with the launch of Rose’s book, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox, an illustrated book of children’s verse that carries an important message about the fate and well-being of our planet.

Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town
Entertainment and Refreshment provided

Friday, November 6th

10am Music Recitals

with Fiona Sirr, Kayli and Yasmin Smyth, and Sean Hanily

followed by

10:40am: Official Launch of SiarScéal 2015

Presided over by the Chairperson of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Paddy Kilduff, accompanied by County Librarian and Festival Patron, Richie Farrell.

Hanna Greally Literary Awards Perpetual Trophy
followed by

Presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015

The Overall Winner will receive €200 with prizes also being awarded in categories that include International, National, Local and Schools. The theme for this year’s competition is Centenary in Reflection.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Hanna Greally Literary Awards. See our Competition page for further information. The closing date is 5pm, Friday 23 October, 2015. Selected entries from this year and previous years' awards will be published in the new SiarScéal / Hanna Greally Literary Journal, to be launched in April 2016.

Presentation of The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup

Trophies and Prizes - Hanna Greally Literary Awards

followed by

Mary Guckian, poet

12.30pm: Writers Recital and Workshop with Mary Guckian

Mary Guckian is a prize-winning poet from Leitrim who is author of three anthologies. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and magazines and regularly presented at festivals, public readings and events.

followed by

2pm: Writing for Publishing workshop

Writing for Publishing
Writing and Publishing in the Information Age. An informative session that will look at both the challenges and the opportunities that modern publishing and communication technology present to authors of all genres, interested in writing to and for a public audience. Open to all. For more information about the workshop, please visit

followed by

Open Mic


The venue for SiarScéal Festival 2015 events is Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon.

Roscommon County Library HQ

Further Information

A copy of the Programme of Events outlined here is available to download in handy brochure form. Feel free to share this information with your friends, to distribute and post to your websites and blogs.

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