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  • Festival Update: Terms of Entry for Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2014 Extended Back to News > Festival 2014 Update: Terms of Entry for Hanna Greally Literary Awards ExtendedBy a decision by the SiarScéal Festival organisers, the terms of entry for the 2014 ...
    Posted 30 Jun 2014 04:14 by Gwen Bond
  • Roscommon in Reflection - Free Kindle Promotion on Amazon this Weekend Back to News > Roscommon in Reflection Kindle Promotion on Amazon, this Weekend Kindle readers have a special opportunity to download for free, the SiarScéal Anthology, Roscommon in Reflection, all of ...
    Posted 29 Jun 2014 12:52 by Gwen Bond
  • SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events AnnouncedSiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place on Saturday, 25 October in Roscommon Town. The festival, which celebrates the culture and ...
    Posted 29 Jun 2014 12:53 by Gwen Bond
  • April and May Course Dates for Writing for Publishing, taking place in Roscommon  Back to News > Writing for Publishing:April and May Course Dates, RoscommonWriting for Publishing is the title of a course which is taking place in Roscommon over eight weeks ...
    Posted 29 Jun 2014 13:00 by Gwen Bond
  • The Gathering 2013: boldly going where no gathering has gone before! 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 ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2013 17:04 by Gwen Bond
  • Roscommon in Reflection: SiarScéal Anthology 2012 now available in all common e-book formats 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 ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2013 17:05 by Gwen Bond
  • SiarScéal Festival 2013 Programme of Events Announced 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 ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2012 11:00 by Gwen Bond
  • Roscommon in Reflection - now available in Kindle Roscommon in Reflection- now available in Kindle - The county of Roscommon is as good a place as any to spend a warm June bank holiday weekend. A place known for ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2014 07:04 by Gwen Bond
  • Mayor of Roscommon, Cllr Eugene Murphy Launches Festival and Anthology Siarsceal Festival Launch: Roscommon County Library, Saturday 24th MarchOn behalf of the members of Roscommon County Council, I am delighted to officiate at this prestigious SiarScéal Festival and Productions ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2012 15:25 by Gwen Bond
  • County Librarian, Richie Farrell Welcomes All to the SiarScéal Festival 2012 County Library, Abbey Street, 24th March 2012Ladies and Gentlemen, TDs, Senator, Councillors, Colleagues, invited guests, I would like to welcome you all here this morning on behalf of Roscommon ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2012 15:24 by Gwen Bond
  • Sixth Annual SiarScéal Festival a Great Success The annual SiarScéal Festival, now in its sixth year, took place over four days from 22-24th March. Even the sun came out for the proceedings which included poetry readings ...
    Posted 12 Apr 2012 04:39 by Gwen McNamara Bond
  • Announcing Special Offer for SiarScéal Anthology 2012 The SiarScéal Anthology is on special offer price of €10 plus P&P (€2.40 within Ireland, €4.10 overseas delivery) until the festival closing date of Sunday 25th March ...
    Posted 6 Feb 2012 15:59 by Oscar Duggan
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Festival Update: Terms of Entry for Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2014 Extended

posted 25 Jun 2014 16:25 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 30 Jun 2014 04:14 ]

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Festival 2014 Update:
Terms of Entry for Hanna Greally Literary Awards Extended

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.

Roscommon in Reflection - Free Kindle Promotion on Amazon this Weekend

posted 10 Apr 2014 07:26 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 29 Jun 2014 12:52 ]

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Roscommon in Reflection
Kindle Promotion on Amazon, this Weekend

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 Programme of Events

posted 13 Mar 2014 18:20 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 29 Jun 2014 12:53 ]

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SiarScéal Festival 2014
Programme of Events Announced

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.

More information about SiarScéal Festival 2014, including the full Programme of Events and competition entry details for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, are available from the festival website - www.SiarSceal.com

April and May Course Dates for Writing for Publishing, taking place in Roscommon

posted 7 Mar 2013 05:42 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 29 Jun 2014 13:00 ]

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Writing for Publishing:
April and May Course Dates, Roscommon

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. 
Writing for Publishing - for authors and writers

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
  • Self-Publishing
  • 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. 

The Gathering 2013: boldly going where no gathering has gone before!

posted 9 Feb 2013 17:02 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 9 Feb 2013 17:04 ]

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.

Sign up to be involved in making history on http://gatheringthegathering.com/

Roscommon in Reflection: SiarScéal Anthology 2012 now available in all common e-book formats

posted 9 Feb 2013 16:36 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 9 Feb 2013 17:05 ]

SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection. Available in paperback and e-book formats.
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 and Amazon.co.uk, 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. 

SiarScéal Festival 2013 Programme of Events Announced

posted 25 Jul 2012 16:51 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 1 Nov 2012 11:00 ]

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 Reflectionwas 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.

Roscommon in Reflection - now available in Kindle

posted 27 May 2012 10:16 by Gwen Bond   [ updated 17 Apr 2014 07:04 ]

Roscommon in Reflection
- now available in Kindle - 

The county of Roscommon is as good a place as any to spend a warm June bank holiday weekend. A place known for its gentle natural beauty - including the longest stretch of the River Shannon of any of the counties that it passes through - makes it a favourite destination for anglers, ramblers, outdoor enthusiasts generally. 

It is not difficult to appreciate how the culture and heritage of the county is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds, including the two majestic rivers of the Shannon and the Suck. It is after all, the birthplace of Douglas Hyde, Ireland's first president who was also a noted scholar, folklorist, linguist. Further testimony to Roscommon's fine literary calibre is contained in the SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection. A collection of writing which "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" is how Dermot Bolger describes it.
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The anthology has been on sale since its launch at the sixth annual SiarScéal Festival back in March of this year. Now, in response to popular demand, a Kindle edition has been released and is available to buy on Amazon. It is priced at US$6.99 (or local currency equivalent) but as a special offer, you can download it for free over the June bank holiday weekend, from 31st May to 4th June only. 

This is a special offer, unlikely to be repeated. You can download it to your Kindle, laptop, phone, e-reading device or any number of free reading apps that Amazon provide. Make sure to tell others too. This is offer is entirely without obligation. For those who do choose to avail of it, we would hope that some of you might feel inclined to Leave a Review on Amazon. We are only seeking honest reviews mind you. For better or worse, we want to know what you thought about SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection

The Kindle edition of the SiarScéal Anthology has been published and prepared with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher, provider of publishing solutions for print and digital media. For more about the range of services that they provide to authors, writers, independent publishers, please see their website.

Mayor of Roscommon, Cllr Eugene Murphy Launches Festival and Anthology

posted 10 Apr 2012 15:25 by Gwen Bond

Siarsceal Festival Launch: Roscommon County Library, Saturday 24th March

On behalf of the members of Roscommon County Council, I am delighted to officiate at this prestigious SiarScéal Festival and Productions here this morning in the County Library Roscommon. This festival is now into its 6th year and it is wonderful opportunity and occasion for all involved to come together in a cultural and learning environment. 

The SiarScéal collaborative is a historical, literary, bilingual festival hosted annually in County Roscommon, inspired by the culture and heritage of the county's environs, river and lakes, most notable of which are the Suck and the Shannon. 

SiarScéal creates a space where each community living in and around the region can celebrate their town-land and environs through the medium of poetry, art, photography and social history. The SiarScéal Festival’s themed exhibitions, productions, and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards Competition are now an integral part of the programme and I would like to congratulate all for their entries from both the national and local level. 

Participating schools and groups return annually to take an active part in the Festival’s proceedings and workshops. SiarScéal has produced to-date a Choral Cd, SiarScéal Festival Collection 08 and the Home Place in Translation in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Association. 

This year we are proud to be associated and involved with Roscommon in Reflection, SiarScéal Anthology 2012 publication which I will launch today. This production is a living testimony and representation of the lives and history of the people of Roscommon and National writers through the medium of poetry, prose and short stories illustrated by Glinsk Artist Tom Barlow. 

In his Foreword to this anthology, well-known poet, playwright, novelist, Dermot Bolger says: 

"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."

SiarScéal is the ShannonSide Northern Sound overall Arts and Entertainment Award Winning Festival for the Shannonside region for 2010, and this honour can be contributed to the support and funding of Roscommon County Council: Library Services and SiarScéal Founder Gwen Bond. SiarScéal is sponsored also by Poetry Ireland and the Lions Club. 

I would like to extend a special thanks to the SiarScéal Team: Abbey Music Director Sean Hanily, Ger Corr, and, Mary Conry Candler, in association with An Cruachán Aí, U.C.G. Orchestra, and all collaborating community groups, writers, schools, nationally and locally which continually take part in the SiarScéal annual events. I wish you all an enjoyable day.

County Librarian, Richie Farrell Welcomes All to the SiarScéal Festival 2012

posted 10 Apr 2012 15:24 by Gwen Bond

County Library, Abbey Street, 24th March 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, TDs, Senator, Councillors, Colleagues, invited guests, I would like to welcome you all here this morning on behalf of Roscommon County Council to the County Library for this the sixth incarnation of the SiarScéal Festival. I would like to extend a special welcome to the Mayor, Cllr Eugene Murphy for accepting our invitation to officially launch this Festival programme. I would like also on behalf the County Manager, Mr Frank Dawson and Director of Services, Kathleen Martin of Roscommon County Council to offer their congratulations to all involved in bringing this festival to fruition. 

When we set out a few years ago to build on the further development of the Library Services one of the primary objectives was to place the service as key supporting component and an equal pillar with the economic and social and cultural planning within the County. With the further alignment of our Community, Libraries, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Tourism in the local authority environment we are bringing an ever increasing focus, direction and development to these broad cultural services. This Festival is an integral part of that programme. 

Public Libraries contribute significantly to the quality of life of their communities and are a means of enrichment both through the material and information they provide and the space they make available for cultural activities of all kinds. Today’s event is a great example of that policy, which nourishes cultural expression in a local area and builds on the libraries’ core strategies in promoting reading, fostering intellectual freedom and enabling independent and lifelong learning. 

Not just words but something we believe very strongly in so that the Library is not just seen as a facilitator and space for cultural activity but performs a more proactive approach in putting forward and furthering its own vital cultural agenda. This is something that is now more important than ever as we must remain resilient in our commitment to these values and finds means and methods of delivering services during a changing and difficult climate for Public Libraries. 

This particular festival is testimony to that approach in that it set out to engage with and encourage participation beyond our traditional association of what the Library Service role is. This is in order to keep it alive, relevant and meaningful and that it has a place and fulfils a function. 

It was established initially as part of Poetry in the Library activity and I am delighted to see that such a strong poetry influence remains part of the programme. It is important in order for a festival/event to remain vibrant and relevant that it moves on each year, adding value to its programme, embracing new concepts and trying different approaches. Support is contingent upon the capacity of people and groups to organise such events and get people involved and engaged and in that regard we have to pay recognition and to organisers and in particular Gwen Bond for her unstinting and dedication to the festival delivery. 

The local authority and the Library Services are therefore pleased to be in a position to support this annual event again this year and we are equally delighted to support and see the publication of the Siarsceal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection. We considered it important to record some of the new writing that has emerged. 

It is also an essential and key occasion within the calendar in providing an informal platform to showcase, energise, nurture and broaden the arena in which greater participation in the arts in all its formats can occur. 

It is though your participation, interest and support that these events and programmes survive and remain relevant. I hope you all can take something from today and wish you well in the future.

Richie Farrell, 
County Librarian
Roscommon County Council

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