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Sligo Library Development Plan 2019-2023
The Word will be back in Sligo Central Library on the 26th February. Gerard Beirne (author and lecturer on IT Sligo’s BA Writing and Literature Program) will host Mary Costello and Siobhan Mannion.
Mary Costello was born in Galway and has published two novels and a collection of stories to great acclaim. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, published in 2012, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her novel, Academy Street, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize, the EU Prize for Literature, and the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie en Irlande in 2014. The novel went on to win the Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as the Irish Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The River Capture, has been described by The Times as “One of the most surprising and original novels of 2019.”
Siobhan Mannion will read alongside Mary. Siobhan worked for many years as a radio producer in RTÉ and is a past winner of the Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in Irish and international publications including Granta, Winter Papers, Banshee, Eighteen Bridges, Stand, The Moth, and The Long Gaze Back and Silver Threads of Hope anthologies. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, and a Master’s in Film from UCD.
The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. 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. 26th February, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.
A very special episode of The Word took place at Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 23rd of October at 6.30pm.
Dacre Stoker, a great grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, and a best selling novelist in his own right, read from Dracul, which he co-authored with J.D. Barker.
This was followed by a Q&A with Dr. Fiona Gallagher, (Author of Streets of Sligo) and a very enthusiastic crowd.
The atmosphere was further enhanced by music with Niamh Crowley and Anna Houston.
The Word returned to Sligo Central Library after the Summer break on Wednesday 25th of September at 6.30pm.
Louise Kennedy, just back from attending Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award ceremony in London for which she was shortlisted, will be reading her story, Silhouette.
Michael Nolan, writer and editor of The Tangerine, which first published Louise’s story, will also be reading.
The Word at Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 29th of May, featuring Ruth Fitzmaurice. Q&A with award winning author, IT Sligo Literature and Writing Student, Niamh MacCabe. Special guest music with Eddie Lee and Ray Coen. Followed by Open Mic.
The Word at Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 1st of May, featuring Nicole Flattery and Caragh Maxwell. Introduced by Una Mannion, Chair of the BA in Writing and Literature at IT Sligo. Q&A with Author, Eoin McNamee.
The Word at Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th of March, featuring Author, Declan Hughes and Poet, Jessamine O’Connor. Introduced by Una Mannion, Chair of the BA in Writing and Literature at IT Sligo. Q&A by Rhona Trench, Programme Chair Theatre Design/Acting at IT Sligo
To further encourage reader development among our customers, Sligo Libraries have a number of Book clubs set up in various branches. These clubs promote the pleasures of reading and develop the members appreciation of literature at all levels.