SiarScéal Festival 2019
– Programme of Events –

SiarScéal is a historical, literary, community festival hosted annually in Roscommon Library. SiarScéal is inspired by the cultural and heritage of County Roscommon and celebrates all artistic mediums, including internationally through the Hanna Greally Literary Awards.

Dates and Venue

SiarScéal Festival 2019 will commence on Friday, 11 October and continue through Saturday, 12 October at Roscommon Library HQ in Roscommon Town. (See map below for How to Get There).

Programme of Events

The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards (with an Overall Prize of €500 and two Highly Commended prizes of €100 each) form the cornerstone of the festival. This year’s theme is, Western Medley Recital. As with previous years, we will be accepting entries in all writing disciplines, from prose, poetry to short story. The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 10 September 2019. See our Competition page for further information including how to enter.

Also featuring at this year's festival is the Beneath Western Skies exhibition, which will subsequently go on tour. Students from Aughavas NS, and Dromahair Library workshop (both in Co. Leitrim), Bunnanaddan NS in Co. Sligo and local students from Roscommon will be taking part.

An exciting programme of events has been lined up for the two-day festival.

Day One

The Beneath Western Skies exhibition will be launched in Roscommon Library HQ (in Roscommon Town) on Friday 11th October, from 11am to 12.30pm, with Readings from the children attending their exhibition. The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council will present the student Literary Awards, which include trophies and certificates.

The exhibition will be be on display regionally in Leitrim and Sligo libraries, following the official launch in Roscommon Library. The exhibition will also feature photography and poetry by Anni Wilton Jones, who will be hosting this year's SiarScéal festivities.

Day Two

On Saturday, 12 October from 10am to 12.30pm, the adult section of the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will take place, with a €500 overall prize and two Highly Commended awards of €100 each, followed by trophies for winners in the International, National and Local categories. This will be officiated by the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, with readings from all of the winning entries.

The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded locally to the writer/school with the best sense of place or identity.

Author Faye Boland is the adjudicator for this year’s competition and our Guest Poet for the festival. Faye is author of Peripheral, a collection of poems and she was overall winner at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards in 2017.

Our featured production is the exciting Galway Medley Poetry/Choral Recital from the Write-On Group in Galway.

An Open Mike will take place from 1.30pm to 4.50pm and all are welcome to read.

How to Get There

Roscommon County Library

Further Information

We look forward to seeing you and all our welcome to attend. Further information can be obtained by contacting SiarScéal.