SiarScéal Festival 2016 will take place on Friday and Saturday 7-8 October, in Roscommon Town. The late Hanna Greally, author of Bird's Nest Soup, will be honoured at this year's festival, which will also see the launch of a new anthology, Centenary in Reflection, produced by SiarScéal writers from Ireland and abroad.
The official launch of the two-day event will be presided over by Cllr Tony Ward, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council. This will take place in the Fortfield Suite of the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon Town and will include readings from winners and participating schools in the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, which were adjudicated by Ann Joyce.
In the afternoon, Lunatic There I Go
, a Floating World Theatre Company
presentation will offer a dramatic and spoken word interpretation of the world of Hanna Greally - a story that is guaranteed to spark an response in every audience.
The following day, Saturday 8 October, Roscommon County Library HQ provides the venue for the launch of Centenary in Reflection, an anthology of poetry, prose, short stories, charting and celebrating the events that have made up the last 100 years, following the journey of a nation re-birthed through rebellion.
Roscommon County Council Arts Officer, Mary Mullins and acting County Librarian, Mary Butler will formally launch the anthology. The evening will also see the presentation of the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, an annual award for literary achievement that forms part of the festival. Recitals from guest authors - including Ann Joyce, Mary Branley, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, Mary Guckian, Kieran Furey - will round off the evening that will also feature an Open Mike session, for anyone else who would like to take part. Refereshments will also be provided.
Further information about SiarScéal, including the festival programme of events
, is available from their website, where copies of Centenary in Reflection
, along with other SiarScéal publications, are available to buy online
, in print and e-book editions.
The closing date for entries for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015
is this Friday
, 23 October
. Entries can be submitted by post or online but must be received before 5pm
. Full details on how to enter, including terms and conditions, are available from the SiarScéal website (see Competition
The Overall Winner will receive a cash prize of €200, while prizes will also be award across categories that include National, International, Local, Schools and Highly Commended in both poetry and prose. The theme of this year's competition is Century in Refelction.
All entries received will be considered for inclusion in the inaugural edition of the SiarScéal/Hanna Greally Literary Journal, to be launched at the 2016 SiarScéal Festival, provisionally scheduled for April.
Winners of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards (including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup) will be announced and prizes presented at the forthcoming SiarScéal Festival
, which takes place over two days, Thursday and Friday 5-6 November. The full programme of events is available from the SiarScéal website (see Festival
page) and can also be downloaded
in handy brochure form.
Highlights of the festival include the launch of the book The Splendiferous Adventures of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris. As last year's overall winner of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, Rose's prize was to see her book published, in print and e-book editions, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher, who sponsored the prize.
Rose's first publishing outing is as delightful and whimisical as the title suggests, as she skillfully combines themes of mythology, globe-trotting action and adventure, underpinned by serious ecological concerns and told through the medium of illustrated verse. It will be enjoyed by children of all ages (and even a few adults) but will appeal especially to reading ages of 7-12 years.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris is available to pre-order online from The Manuscript Publisher
. It will be on general sale from November and signed copies will be available at the launch to take place on Thursday, 5 November, in Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon, where an evening of entertainment is planned, commencing 6pm. We invite you to come along.
The festival continues the following day, Friday 6 November, starting at 10am with musical recitals and the formal opening, presided over by Chairperson of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Paddy Kilduff, accompanied by County Librarian and Festival Patron, Richie Farrell. They will oversee the presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
, which will then be followed by a writer's workshop, presented by Mary Guckian and a Writing for Publishing
workshop presented by Oscar Duggan. The festival will conclude with an Open Mic session.
takes place during the first week in November. The Festival
commences with a book launch, on the evening of Thurday, 5 November. It continues the following day with a programme of events that includes workshops, recitals and, of course, the presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
, which takes place annually in conjunction with the Festival.
As last year's overall winner of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, Rose Morris received a publishing package deal from The Manuscript Publisher
, to see her book published in print and e-book editions. Her book, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
, is a story told in verse and, while aimed at young people, carries a very important message about the fate of our planet: the place that we all call home. The action takes the protagonists of this story on an adventure that crosses continents but ends up on the shores of Lough Erne, which, of course, was the venue for a recent G8 Summit of world leaders.
The book will be formally launched on Thursday, 5 November at 6pm at Roscommon County Libraries HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. Festival-goers, members of the public are welcome to attend and entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
The following day, Friday, 6 November at 10am, the Festival will be officially launched by Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Paddy Kilduff, accompanied by County Librarian and Festival Patron, Richie Farrell. This will be followed by the presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup.
Mary Guckian, Leitrim-born poet and author of three anthologies, as well as winner of numerous prizes for her poetry, will present a Writers Recital and Workshop, beginning 12:30pm.
This will be followed by a Writing for Publishing
workshop, presented by Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher. The workshop will be an informative session, aimed at addressing both the challenges and opportunities that Writing and Publishing in the Information Age
presents to those interested in finding a public outlet for their literary work.
Full details about the SiarScéal Festival 2015, including dates, times, venue and programme of events, are available from the SiarScéal website (see Festival
page), as well as being available to download
in handy brochure form.
Entries are now being accepted for this year's Hanna Greally Literary Awards
. The theme or this year's competition is Century in Reflection
and there is a cash prize of €200 for the overall winner. Prizes will also be awarded in categories that include best national and international submission for both poetry and prose, together with a special category for schools. The closing dates for entries is 5pm
on Friday 23 October
. Full details, including terms and conditions of entry, are available from the SiarScéal website (see Competition
All entries received in this year's Hanna Greally Literary Awards (along with submissions from previous year's awards) will be considered for inclusion in the inaugural SiarScéal/Hanna Greally Literary Journal, to be launched at the 2016 SiarScéal Festival, which is being brought forward to April.
For a flavour of what to expect, check out Roscommon in Reflection
, an anthology representing the first five years of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, published in 2012. It is available to buy online
in print and e-book editions along with other SiarScéal publications
Dates for your Diary:
- Friday, 23 October - Closing Date for entries to the Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015. Entries must be received before 5pm and can be posted, e-mailed or submitted online. For details on how to enter, please refer to our Competition page.
- Thurday, 5 November - Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris. The venue is Roscommon County Libraries HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town and commences 6pm.
- Friday, 6 November - Official Launch of SiarSceal Festival 2015, followed by presentation of Hanna Greally Literary Awards, followed by workshops and open mic. The programme will run from 10am to 5pm.
The full programme of events is available from the SiarScéal website (see Festival
page) and also available to download and share
in handy PDF brochure form.
SiarScéal Festival is sponsored by Roscommon County Council
Roscommon County Library was the venue for the launch of the 2014 SiarScéal Festival, now in its eight year. The event was presided over by festival patron and Roscommon County Librarian, Richie Farrell who welcomed everyone along. After his opening remarks, he introduced the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Cummins who complimented everyone on the organisation of the festival and wished it continued success.
Fiona Sirr provided a traditional music interlude before the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan and David Butler. This work of historical fiction was partly inspired by the students of nearby Abbey NS and Castleplunkett NS. Mario and David explained the process by which the book was put together. The students who helped out with the project were commended for their efforts and received signed copies in acknowledgement of their contribution.
The Battle for Coman's Wood
is on sale now
, in bookshops and online. Festival patron, Richie Farrell describes it as, "a mythological, historical, fast-paced adventure story ... a must read for pre-teens and adults alike." Signed copies can be purchased from the SiarScéal website while an e-book edition is currently in preparation. Visit our online bookshop
for more information.
The Hanna Greally Literary Awards
has formed part of the SiarScéal Festival for every year since the festival began, back in 2007. This year, the overall prize that was up for grabs involved a publishing package sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher
, provider of publishing services for authors and independent publishers. It would see the lucky winner's book published professionally, in print and e-book editions.
Oscar Duggan, founder of The Manuscript Publisher, announced the awards in the various categories, which were presented by Cllr John Cummins. He explained the rationale that was employed in selecting the winning entries from what was a very strong field. Full details of prize winners in all categories, including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, have been posted to our website
The overall winner was Rose Morris of Elphin, whose short story, The Wall, impressed the judges the most. The story, she explained, came about as a result of a visit by her writers group to Strokestown House in Co. Roscommon. A casual remark, challenging her to write a story about a nearby feature, prompted the resulting story, which has both a haunting and timeless quality to it, as evidenced by the reaction of everyone when it was read out.
The afternoon session concluded with workshops by Mario Corrigan and David Butler, who explained the process of writing and illustrating books for children. In the evening, a classical concert was held at St. Coman's Church of Ireland, organised by Abbey Music director, Sean Hanily and featured Lilibulero, a duet with Sean and Annie McNally.
The SiarScéal Festival continues this weekend at Trinity Arts Centre in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, with an exciting multi-media exhibition entitled, Water Music. It involves a study of the River Suck, through painting and haiku and brings together the talents of painter, Anne Rigney and poet, Gwen Bond.
The exhibition will formally open at 7pm on Friday, 28 November with a wine reception at Trinity Arts Centre. Download your invitation here
. The exhibition will continue over the weekend. We encourage everyone to visit. It is well worth seeing. For a preview of what will be on show, download the exhibition brochure.
The Cork International Short Story Festival
is taking place 16-20 September, with readings by Richard Ford, Alison MacLeod, Colin Barrett, Salley Vickers and many more. Other events include the presentation of the Frank O’Connor and Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Awards, and a panel discussion on long form fiction. Workshops include short story, poetry and novel writing. For more information, visit http://www.corkshortstory.net
A further date has been added to the SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events
Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon will host Water Music
, a study of the River Suck through mixed media and haiku by artist, Anne Rigney and poet, Gwen Bond. This will take place on Friday, 28th November. The evening commences at 7pm, with a wine reception. Further entertainment will come in the form of readings from members of Mill Wheel Writers, music by Lilibulero (duet featuring Sean Hanily and Annie McNally). The exhibition will continue over the weekend.
The full Programme of Events
for this year's SiarScéal Festival
is posted online and can also be downloaded in this handy brochure
. Please feel free to circulate and display. In particular, we would draw your attention to the following Dates for Your Diary
Friday, 10 October
: Closing date for entries to The Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2014
(including the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup). Full details about the competition, including rules of entry, are available online
. The Overall Prize Winner will receive a publishing services package valued at €1,000, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher
. This will enable the lucky winner to get his or her book published, in print and e-book editions.
Saturday, 25 October
: A day long festival of poetry, prose, music, recitals, book launch, writers workshops, open mic. The main venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. Please refer to the Programme of Events
(also available to download
if you would like to circulate and display) for precise details as to times and venues.
Winners of this year's Hanna Greally Literary Awards
will be announced and prizes will be presented on the day. If you are thinking of entering, remember that the closing date is Friday 10 October (see above).
Included in this year's programme is the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood
by Mario Corrigan. This work of historical fiction was inspired by students of Castleplunkett NS and Abbey NS. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the launch. It will also be available to buy online, in print and e-book editions, from October.
Friday, 28 November: Water Music exhibition at Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Evening commences 7pm. The exhibition will continue over the weekend.
By a decision by the SiarScéal Festival organisers, the terms of entry for the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards
have been extended. The maximum length of composition for poetry submissions is now 100 lines (previously 60), while prose and short stories submissions of up to 1,000 words (previously 300) will also be accepted.
This decision has been made in response to requests received and in order to encourage the widest participation. Competition entrants should of course be aware that no particular merit will be attached to submissions solely on the basis of length of composition. Quality, not dependent on quantity, is what the judges will be looking for.
The theme for this years competition is open - entries will be accepted on any theme, topic or subject. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, which forms part of the Awards, will be awarded to the best entry received on the theme of Coman's Wood.
The organisers hope that this decision will provide an additional spur to authors and writers who are considering entering this year's competition, where the overall prize winner will receive a publishing package deal from The Manuscript Publisher
, valued at €1,000.
Full terms and conditions of entry are available from the SiarScéal website
. Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday, 10 October. Winners will be announced at the SiarScéal Festival, which takes place on Saturday, 25 October at Roscommon Library in Roscommon Town. The full Programme of Events
takes in an evening of readings, concert recitals and workshops. Make a note in your diary.
Kindle readers have a special opportunity to download for free, the SiarScéal Anthology, Roscommon in Reflection
, all of this weekend.
First published in 2012, in print and e-book editions
, the anthology represents the fruit of the first five years of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
. In the Foreword
to this volume of poetry and prose, author Dermot Bolger had this to say:
"This is a book that emanates from Roscommon and resonates with the landscape and varied stories of Roscommon, but, like all good writing, it slips free of all boundaries and borders to speak directly to the human heart about the human condition."
Starting Thursday, 10 April and running for five days, to the following Monday (14 April), Kindle readers can avail of this special promotion, just by logging on to any of the Amazon domains including:
If you do not already own a Kindle device, these are available to buy on Amazon
, or you can simply download one of the free Kindle Apps
to your phone, iPad, tablet, computer or laptop.
Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards
. There is every incentive for budding authors and writers to enter this year's competition. This year's overall winner will have their book published for free, in print and e-book editions, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher
. The theme for this year's competition is open, which is all the more reason to get writing. Closing date is Friday, 10 October.
The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, which forms part of the Awards, will be awarded to author of what the judges deem to be the best entry received on the theme of Coman's Wood.
In a change to our original schedule, SiarScéal Festival 2014 programme of events
will now include a writers workshop, presented by Fred Johnston of the Western Writers Centre. Fred is a poet, playwright and novelist. He writes in both English and French. In 2004, he was writer in residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. His his most recent collection of poetry is entitled, Alligator Days
SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place on Saturday, 25 October in Roscommon Town. The festival, which celebrates the culture and heritage of the county of Roscommon, is now in its eight year.
The full programme of events
, which have just been announced, includes morning and evening activities appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests, literary and cultural tastes. The main venue for the festival will be Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town
Proceedings will commence with an official opening, presided over by County Librarian and festival patron, Richie Farrell, with the Mayor of Roscommon as invited guest.
This will be followed by the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan, a work of historical fiction inspired by the students from Castleplunkett National School and Abbey National School, Roscommon.
The afternoon will see announcement of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
for 2014, entries for which are now being accepted. The closing date is Friday, 10 October. Entries may consist of poetry, prose, short stories (maximum 60 lines or 300 words) on any subject or theme. The annual Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, which forms part of the awards ceremony, will be awarded to the best entry on the theme of Coman's Wood
The incentive for entrants to this years Hanna Greally Literary Awards, includes cash prizes, trophies and certificates. The overall winner will come away with a €1,000 publishing services package from The Manuscript Publisher
, the Irish-based publishing solutions provider. The prize is designed for self-publishing authors and independent publishers. It will result in the winning entrant having his or her book published, in print and e-book format, with full editorial, design, ISBN registration, sales and marketing support.
In the afternoon, Galway-based writer, Fred Johnston will host a writers workshop. Fred's most recent collection of poetry is entitled, Alligator Days. He has also written novels, short stories and plays and in 2004, was writer in residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.
The festival will conclude with an evening classical concert with recitals, to take place in St. Coman's Church of Ireland, Roscommon Town.
Writing for Publishing
is the title of a course which is taking place in Roscommon over eight weeks in April and May. It will appeal especially to authors and writers interested in writing to and for a public audience. Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town is the venue. Commencing Thursday, 4th April the course will run every Thursday (6pm to 8pm) until 23rd May.
The aim of the course is to help prospective authors to develop their writing and presentation skills, with a view to finding publishing platforms and reaching a public audience for your work. If you are contemplating a career in writing and/or publishing this is the programme that will help you to chart your future path. But even the hobbyist writer and people who write purely for personal enjoyment will learn and gain much from this course. It may even provide an incentive to develop your skills in new directions. The course content is suitable for all ages, backgrounds, interests and specialities, experience in the related fields of writing and publishing.
In introducing course participants to both the creative and publishing aspects of the writing and literary process, we treat each as aspects of the same continuum, whose purpose is to bring authors to the attention their audience and readership.
Course topics include:
- Why Do We Write?
- Writing - Creativity with a Purpose
- Presentation and Design Tips
- Writing as a Career/Getting Paid to Write
- Overview of the Publishing Process
- E-Publishing and the Rise of the E-Book
- Building and Managing your Web Presence as an author, writer, independent publisher
Full details, including course outline
, times, dates and venues are available from the Writing for Publishing website (see Calendar of Events
) where it is also possible to reserve a place. There is a small fee of €5 (€3 concessionary rate for students, unwaged, OAPs) for each night of the course which is payable on the door. You can also avail of an early booking discount
when you pay in advance.
Run by The Manuscript Publisher
, a provider of publishing services for authors, writers, independent publisher, this course is being organised with the assistance of SiarScéal, Roscommon County Library and Roscommon VEC.