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.
We recently received the following from Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork. They are asking all those taking part in The Gathering 2013 to upload a few photographs or short film clips (2min approx.) of their respective events so that they can (and here’s the cool bit) send them into space!
‘Gathering the Gathering’, as part of The Gathering initiative
Be part of the largest effort to record the pulse of a nation and leave your Gathering legacy. At the end of 2013 all of the messages will be sent into space!
Gathering the Gathering
is a special initiative as a way to remember the Ireland of today. We’re sending the spirit of The Gathering and Ireland into space and you can send yours too.
All you have to do to be involved is to upload a short video of your event, pictures or a message for free on www.gatheringthegathering.com
at any time from the first to the last minute of 2013. Over 1700 have been uploaded so far since January 1st!
It’s far from snail mail but these postcards will take 10 years to reach their destination, an extrasolar planet called Epsilon Eridani b. As your event message and thousands of others travel through the empty depths of space you will be able to visit our website at any time from the first minute of January 2014 and track it on its journey. In 2023 the digital time capsule that stored all of the messages will be opened to reveal its contents to the world and all who participated will get a unique look back into their past and the lives of the people around them in 2013.
SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection
, which was published last year and launched at the SiarScéal Festival back in March, is now available in all common e-book formats, in addition to paperback and Kindle editions which have been available until now.
The Kindle edition is on sale through Amazon (US store
and UK store
as well as other Amazon sites). If you don't own a Kindle device you can purchase all the latest models through Amazon.com
, or you can simply download one of the many free Kindle Apps
, which make it possible to read Kindle books on your phone, laptop, PC, tablet, etc.
For other e-book formats please refer to Smashwords who distribute through all the major online retailers. Titles published on Smashwords are available to sample, download and buy in a range of common e-book formats, which can read on Kindle devices and Kindle apps but also Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, among others.
Of course the paperback edition of the anthology is still in print and available to buy online as well as in all good bookshops. RRP €12.99 plus P&P.
Both the paperback and e-book editions have been produced and made available for distribution with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher
, provider of assisted publishing services for the digital age. More information about e-publishing options for authors, writers, independent publisher is available from their website - www.TheManuscriptPublisher.com
SiarScéal Anthology 2012:Roscommon in Reflection
represents the cream of five years of submission to the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
, which takes place annually in conjunction with the SiarScéal Festival
. Entries are currently being accepted for this year's competition
but you only have a few more days - closing date is Friday, February 15th.
The programme of events for the seventh annual SiarScéal Festival
has just been announced. The festival opens on Thursday, March 7th, 2013. The full programme details are available to download here
SiarScéal celebrates the culture and heritage of Roscommon. The Gathering
is the theme for the 2013 festival: recognising and reaching out to the Irish diaspora, particularly those who originate from Roscommon.
Submissions are also being accepted for the annual Hanna Greally Literary Awards
, which takes place in conjunction with the Festival. The closing date for entries is Friday, 15th February, 2013.
The full programme of events runs from March 7th - 9th (Thursday through to Sunday). It includes exhibitions that will be on display until the end of the month at Roscommon County Library, which also serves as the headquarters for the festival.
A special screening of Kanata an Irish Story will take place at the library on Friday, March 8th. It follows the lives of the Irish emigrants to Canada. Director and author, Eleanor McGrath will be present.
The formal launch of the festival will take place at 10am on Saturday, March 9th in Roscommon County Library. Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn will provide the keynote address. This will be followed by the presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards
and the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup. The Mayor of Roscommon, Cllr. Tom Crosby will also be attending. Festival patron and Roscommon County Librarian, Richie Farrell will officiate over proceedings.
The rest of the afternoon's programme (the Roscommon Samba, starting 2pm) will consist of a lively session of open mic readings, music, dance.
Later that evening, at Gleeson's Townhouse, The Square in Roscommon, the SiarScéal International Gathering will take place consisting of a Canadian/Irish collaborative concert. Tickets for this event, which starts at 7pm, are now on sale and can be booked from this website - more information
At last year's festival a SiarScéal anthology, Roscommon in Reflection,
was launched bringing together the best in the previous five years of work submitted. Copies of this anthology are available to buy online
from this website. A Kindle edition has also been produced and is available to buy on Amazon
You can download
details of the festival programme and competition guidelines for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards here