The Word at Sligo Librar Autumn 2023

Announcing the new season of The Word at Sligo Central Library

The new series of  The Word at Sligo Library promises to be an eclectic mix of authors and writers to suit everyone.

The Word provides an opportunity to be in the company of a published writer, listening to a reading of their own material and be an interactive part of the evening with an audience Q&A and Open Mic.

The Word, will take place at 6.30pm on the last Wednesday of September, October and November, and will continue again in 2024.

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

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

Wednesday September 27th at 6.30pm:

Our first edition for Autumn, takes place on Wednesday 27th of September and features award-winning author Liz Nugent. Liz will be in conversation with Una Mannion about the wickedly, dark, twisted and brilliantly observed new novel, Strange Sally Diamond.

Liz was born in Dublin in 1967.

Liz 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.

Wednesday October 25th at 6.30pm:

Our October edition will take place on Wednesday 25th of October.

Kevin Curran will joining us in Sligo Central Library to discuss his writing, including his new book, Youth.

“The Brig” or “the Briggz”, “story” or “wagwan”, “our” or “fam”? The answer, being worked out on Balbriggan’s Mainstreet, is: both. Irish-English has always been wild. Kevin’s Curran’s Youth, at its liveliest, seems to be telling us that we’re only starting.’ RODDY DOYLE, IRISH TIMES

Wednesday November 29th at 6.30pm

Our November edition will take place on Wednesday 29th of November.

Legacies of Partition book launch.

A hundred years ago Ireland was engulfed in a civil war that saw families and communities bitterly divided.

The Legacies Writing workshops took place in 2022 with journalist and author, Susan McKay, at Sligo Central Library. They created an opportunity to explore and write about the legacy of these events in the Sligo region.

An anthology of these writings, co-edited by Dr Keith Hopper and Susan McKay, will be published in November.

This publication is part of the Sligo County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2012 – 2023 programme.

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 is free and unticketed with limited seating. The doors will close at 6:30pm.

There is no charge for this event.

Tel: 0719111675