The Word is out for September with Liz Nugent at Sligo Central Library.

Sligo Central Library will be hosting The Word on Wednesday 27th of September in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6:30pm.

Liz Nugent will be joining us for the first edition of our new term of The Word.

In Conversation with Una Mannion.

Music with Niamh Crowley and Anna Houston

Liz Nugent first began to write for broadcast in 2003. Between 2003 and 2013, she worked as a Story Associate on the popular television soap opera Fair City. She had several pieces accepted for Sunday Miscellany, a radio series on RTE Radio 1 specialising in nostalgic autobiographical writing.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in Ireland in March 2014.

Liz’s “wickedly dark, twisted and brilliantly observed” fifth novel, Strange Sally Diamond, was published in the UK & Ireland by Penguin Sandycove in March 2023, and went straight to number one in Ireland. It was published in Canada & the US on July 18th 2023.

Una Mannion is an award-winning writer who has won several prizes for her poetry and short fiction. Una released her own debut novel A Crooked Tree last January and followed it up in 2023 with the acclaimed, Tell Me What I Am. She teaches the BA Writing & Literature course in Atlantic Technological University Sligo. She also helps to curate The Word with Sligo Central Library.

Anna Houston has been playing Cello and Mandolin in Sligo Band “NO CROWS” since 2005. Anna composed and recorded the soundtrack for various shows, and has performed with various acts including Mike Scott and Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Dervish, Sligo Baroque Ensemble, with whom she has made several appearances as solo cellist, and in shows with the Sligo Musical Society.Anna also teaches the Cello and Banjo at Sligo Academy of Music and holds numerous music workshops for kids.

Niamh Crowley began her musical training at the age of four and attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music, London with the celebrated Israeli violinist Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. Niamh has a busy freelance career performing with Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, José Carerras, Westlife, Sinead O’Connor, The Stunning, The Hot House Flowers, Il Divo and Colm Wilkinson to name but a few and toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. She has worked with many leading national ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, the National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra. As the founder and Director of the Sligo Academy of Music she conducts 2 of the Academy’s 4 orchestras and has brought them to perform in New York, Paris, Budapest, Prague and Amsterdam as well as nationally including the National Concert Hall.

Audience Q&A 

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

The event will also be streamed on Facebook on the night: //

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

There is no charge for this event. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open at 6.10pm and will close at 6:30pm.