MITCHELSTOWN ALL SET FOR TREVOR/BOWEN WEEKEND
All is in place for the Trevor/Bowen Summer School being facilitated and promoted by the Mitchelstown Literary Society which takes place this weekend in Mitchelstown.
The event gets underway at The Firgrove Hotel on Friday night when local man, Tom Ahern who is head of the cardio-thoracic surgical unit at CUH will, on performing the official opening, give a short talk on the legacy of the Irish country house. Following this, author Julian Gough will speak on ‘contemporary Ireland and Irish Literature’.
A two-day creative writing workshop takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the CBS Secondary School facilitated and directed by Afric McGlinchey, details from 086-8248736.
‘A new look at the Irish short story’ will be the topic of a lecture by Heather Ingman at 2pm on Saturday, followed by another lecture on ‘Elizabeth Bowen and Ireland’ by Eibhear Walshe.
This will also incorporate the screening of the CBS Network documentary, ‘Ireland, The Tear and The Smile’ which was written by Elizabeth Bowen. Saturday night will bring Bernard O’Donoghue into the spotlight for a talk on ‘North Cork Writers – Short Stories and Poems’.
As an added attraction, the organisers have arranged for Farahy church to be open from 6.30pm sharp until 7pm sharp on Saturday night for anyone interested in viewing the church where Elizabeth Bowen worshipped or to see the spot where she is buried.
On Sunday afternoon, Maurice Harmon will speak on ‘James Joyce’s Moody Dubliners’; ‘Fools of Fortune: William Trevor’s major achievement’ will bring Tom McAlindon to the podium while the final lecture, ‘Out of the Shadows; Elizabeth Bowen as ‘onlooker’ of her time’ will be given by Phyllis Lassner.
Tickets to individual events cost €15 or a weekend ticket costs €60 per person while tickets to the creative writing workshops are set at €60 for both sessions. Should readers require any further information, they can contact Liam Cusack on 086-8248736.
Thursday 29th April 6:34pm