The Word Live in Sligo Central Library – Paul Little ‘In the Shadow of Benbulben: Dixie Dean at Sligo Rovers’ Book Launch – Wednesday 25th of May

Join us LIVE in Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 25th May, for a special edition of The Word with PAUL LITTLE, for the launch of In the Shadow of Benbulben: Dixie Dean at Sligo Rovers.

In conversation with Austin O’Callaghan.

Live music with Stephen O’Dowd.

This is a FREE, unticketed event and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paul Little has worked as a writer, editor and instructional designer in the e-learning industry for over 25 years. In that time, and driven by his passion for all things football, he has also worked in sports broadcasting with RTE and has written for numerous publications, including Football 365 and the Irish Daily Star, where he spent several seasons covering Premier League and European football.

A native of Dublin, Paul has lived in Wicklow since 2003 with his wife and four children.

In the Shadow of Benbulben – Dixie Dean at Sligo Rovers represents Paul’s debut as a solo artist in the world of books.

Austin O’Callaghan is Sports Editor with Ocean FM in Sligo. A key part of his role is reporting and commentating on Sligo Rovers Football Club. He has been working as a sports journalist since 1993, which included 11 years with the BBC as a senior broadcast journalist. During that time, he covered two Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and the Cricket World Cup. He also fronted BBC NI’s flagship GAA programme ‘The Championship’ for six years.

Stephen O’Dowd is a BIMM graduate, musician and singer songwriter from Sligo, who performs gigs regulartly across the North West,

The Word, Wednesday 25th of May, will take place in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6.30pm. This is a free unticketed event with limited seating, doors close at 6.30pm. .

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at ATU.

There is no charge for this event.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 0719111675

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The Word Live in Sligo Central Library – Louise Kennedy ‘Trespasses’ – Official Book Launch. In conversation with Susan McKay. Music with Cathy Jordan.

Join us LIVE in Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th April, for a special edition of The Word with award-winning and acclaimed LOUISE KENNEDY, for the launch of her debut novel, Tresspasses. Louise will be in conversation Sligo Library Writer in Residence for Sligo Libraries, Susan McKay.

With live music with Cathy Jordan.

This is a FREE, unticketed event and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘This writer does not stint’ Anne Enright, Observer
‘Dazzling’ Guardian
‘Kennedy’s voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric’ Sunday Times
‘A literary star is born’ Irish Examiner

Trespasses: Cushla Lavery lives with her mother in a small town near Belfast. At twenty-four, she splits her time between her day job as a teacher to a class of seven-year-olds, and regular bartending shifts in the pub owned by her family. It’s here, on a day like any other – as the daily news rolls in of another car bomb exploding, another man shot, killed, beaten or left for dead – that she meets Michael Agnew, an older (and married) barrister who draws her into his sophisticated group of friends.

When the father of a young boy in her class, becomes the victim of a savage attack, Cushla is compelled to help his family. But as her affair with Michael intensifies, political tensions in the town escalate, threatening to destroy all she is working to hold together.

As tender as it is unflinching, Trespasses is a masterfully executed and intimate portrait of those caught between the warring realms of the personal and political, rooted in a turbulent and brutally imagined moment of history – where it’s not just what you do that matters, but what you are.

Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. Her short stories have appeared in journals including The Stinging FlyThe TangerineBansheeWasifiri and Ambit and she has written for the GuardianIrish Times, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1. Her work has won prizes and she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in both 2019 and 2020. Before starting her writing career, she spent nearly thirty years working as a chef. She lives in Sligo with her husband and two children.

Critical acclaim for The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

‘Dazzling … With their sensitivity to people’s vulnerabilities and failings, and their sharpness of imagery, these 15 taut tales recall Annie Proulx at her best: salty, wise, droll and keen to share the lessons of a lifetime’ Guardian

‘Like 15 novels squeezed between two covers, ready to blow your mind. The only other writer I can think of who packs this much moving, terrible life into each story is Alice Munro. All hail Louise Kennedy’ Emma Donoghue

‘Outstanding … A storyteller of stunning gifts and immense authority. This is writing that makes Francis Bacon at his bleakest seem like Mary Poppins’ Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times

‘These stories sing, haunt and inspire laughter. One of the best Irish short story collections I’ve read in years. If you want to learn how to write fiction, read this book’ Sinéad Gleeson

‘Darkly funny, beautifully crafted, intense – an outstanding first collection from a natural story writer’ Kevin Barry

‘Louise Kennedy’s collection will stop you in your tracks … Profound, beautiful and essential’

Liz Nugent

‘Superb … Outstanding … Gritty, bitter, hard-won, the 15 stories in this first collection feel a world away from the seeming solipsism of the younger generation of female Irish writers who are conquering the literary world … Kennedy’s voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric’

Sunday Times

‘Dark, funny, brilliantly downbeat’ Daily Mail

‘To carve such gilded stories as these from such fathomless gorges of despair would be an accomplishment for an old master, let alone for a relative newbie. Yet Kennedy’s spritz of humour, as black as the holes these women are in, elevates her stories from downbeat to transcendent’ Sunday Independent

‘Masterful … She can make you laugh and wince at once … A writer very much in control of her craft’ Irish Independent

‘Authoritative, beautifully honed … Reminiscent in style of the late William Trevor’

Sunday Business Post

‘Breath-taking … A literary star is born’ Irish Examiner

Roscommon born Cathy Jordan has been a professional singer with traditional group Dervish for nearly 30 years. She has led Dervish as front woman through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries and has 16 albums under her belt.  Among the  most notable performances were The Great Wall of China and the biggest rock music festival in the world – Rock in Rio to over 250,000 people.

Dervish’ most recent album The Great Irish Songbook was released last year on Rounder records and features duets with Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Imelda May, David Gray and more. Over the years Cathy has picked up many awards for her contribution to traditional Irish music including BBC Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, Sligo Cultural Ambassador 2018, Annie McNulty Award 2014 and The Freedom of The City of Sligo in 2010.

Open Mic.

The Open Mic is a first-come, first-serve bases limited to five names. Names are taken on the evening, participants are asked to keep within a three minute time-frame.

The Word, Wednesday 27th of April, will take place in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6.30pm. This is a free unticketed event with limited seating, doors close at 6.30pm. .

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at ATU.

There is no charge for this event.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 0719111675

Easter Events at Sligo Central Library

Sligo County Libraries offer free book bags to all children starting school in September

All children starting school in September 2022 can get a free Book Bag at their local library.

The ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ initiative is a collaboration between libraries and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth as part of the First 5 Strategy.

As part of the initiative, a ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ is available free for every child starting school in 2022 to help them to prepare for this big step. Children and their parents or guardians can collect the bags at any library throughout [county].

Each My Little Library Book Bag contains:

  • Three books on starting school, making friends and being comfortable to be yourself
  • A story card on going to the library
  • A postcard the child can write or draw on and send to their new teacher, or bring to give to the teacher on their first day at school
  • Their very own library card and special ‘My Little Library’ cardholder

Book bags are available in both Irish and English.

Inviting all children starting school this year to come and collect their Book Bag, Patricia Keane, Senior Executive Librarian and Right to Read co-ordinator, said:

“Sligo County libraries are delighted to be involved in the First 5 My Little Library initiative and we can’t wait to welcome all the 4 and 5 year old children in to collect their book bags and begin their library membership journey.

“Reading is so beneficial for learning, imagination and creativity, and stories can really help children to understand and deal with the steps they take as they grow, like starting school.

“We hope that once they visit the library to pick up their book bag, our new library members and their families will come back regularly to keep their bag filled up with borrowed books and to take part in storytimes, classes and all the other events we have to offer at the library.”

Sligo County libraries are ready to greet the families and welcome new members of all ages. This initiative also presents an opportunity for parents to bring older or younger children along to join the library and borrow their own books.

More supports to help the transition to primary school are available on the Let’s Get Ready page on Gov.ie

Sligo Libraries Writer in Residence Susan McKay – Writing Course

Legacies writing course with Sligo Libraries Writer in Residence Susan McKay

Starting on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at 2:30pm, at Sligo Central Library, the course will run for 8 weeks and is free.

A hundred years ago Ireland was engulfed in a civil war that saw families and communities bitterly divided.  Would you like to explore and write about the legacy of these events in the Sligo region?  Join an 8 week course run by author and journalist Susan McKay.  Open to experienced and inexperienced writers in all genres including poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction.

You will have the chance to work in a diverse group, learn new skills and hear from guest writers.

Saturday afternoons 2.30 til 4pm from 23rd April at Sligo Central Library.

The course is free but numbers are limited.  Apply by sending max 300 words to susanmckay1@icloud.com on or before 14th April.

Starting on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at 2:30pm, at Sligo Central Library, the course will run for 8 weeks and is free.

Limited places available please email sligolibrary@sligococo.ie to register your interest.

The Writer in Residence is part of Sligo County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative

Fergal Keane and Susan McKay to launch new Sligo writing and research programme

Join us in Sligo Central Library, Wednesday 30th March, for a special edition of The Word with war correspondent Fergal Keane and Writer in Residence for Sligo Libraries, Susan McKay.

With live music from Steve Wickham.

This is a FREE, unticketed event and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The renowned war correspondent Fergal Keane will launch a programme of writing and research workshops in Sligo on 30 March 22 at 6.30pm, when he appears in conversation with writer and journalist Susan McKay for a special event at Sligo Central Library.

Keane, who is currently in Ukraine, will talk about his award-winning book “Wounds – A Memoir of War and Love” which explores his own family’s involvement in the war for Irish independence, and the legacy of those events for succeeding generations. Keane’s book raises questions about how we deal with the past, how we tell its stories, and how the ghosts of war may continue to haunt us. The event will be a special edition of The Word, a monthly literary event that is co-organised by Sligo Libraries and Sligo IT’s BA in Writing and Literature.

McKay has just been appointed as Sligo County Library’s writer in residence for two years. She will introduce plans for an exciting programme of workshops on the history and legacies of Partition in Sligo and its surrounding area, including the Border region.

This will begin with an 8-week course for writers and researchers with an interest in local and family stories connected with themes of identity and transformation in the years since Partition, including stories arising from the more recent conflict in the North. McKay has explored these themes extensively in her own work, particularly in her book “Bear In Mind These Dead” which maps the northern Troubles in the words of people who were bereaved in the violence.

The course is free, and is open to experienced and inexperienced writers (in all genres) historians and researchers, including those who have never published anything but would like to try. Our aim is to be inclusive of people from all of Sligo’s many communities. Participants will be introduced to the skills involved in writing, research, interviewing, using a tape recorder, podcasting, archiving, editing and publishing. The course will include contributions from some of the brilliant poets, novelists, actors, journalists and historians who are from or who live in Sligo and its surrounding counties. There will be an emphasis on places with strong historical connections to the struggle for Irish independence. The Writer in Residence is part of Sligo County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme.

“Wounds – writing about war, its aftermath and its legacies – Fergal Keane in conversation with Susan McKay, a special edition of The Word, will take place in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6.30pm. This is a free unticketed event with limited seating, doors close at 6.30pm. With live music from Steve Wickham. Plus, Open Mic.

“Legacies – a course for writers” will begin on Saturday 7 April from 2.30pm to 3.30pm in Sligo Central Library and will run for 8 weeks excluding Saturdays prior to public holidays. Places are free but limited so booking is essential. Please apply for a place by sending us an email explaining why you would like to take part in the course. Strict maximum of 300 words.

Email Lou McGrath: lmcgrath@sligococo.ie or call 0719111675.

Steve Wickham, electric violinist, songwriter and composer is an award winning Irish artist. He made his recording debut with U2 on “Sunday Bloody Sunday’ in 1982. His distinctive playing has been a contribution to the Waterboys sound for over 30 years and he has performed with Mike Scott on some of the worlds great stages like the Carnegie Hall in New York, Sydney Opera House and The Royal Albert Hall.

Writing songs and music has been his life since his early days. He continues to explore new musical territory. Whether it’s on film or theatre or live. From composing and performing a crossover with Sligo baroque orchestra and Congolese soukous band Tropicana Musica to his work with world music group NoCrows which incorporates gypsy jazz, classical and traditional Irish music, he’s always moving forward. His solo work is a unique trip with a musician undefined and unfettered. Two solo albums “Geronimo’ in 2006 and ‘Beekeeper’ 2017. Beekeeper shows an artist in full flow. His live show is full of incandescent playing, sensitivity and wit.

Open Mic.

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo.

There is no charge for this event.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 0719111675