WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021 6:30PM

Online event.

Sinéad Gleeson’s debut collection of essays: Constellations: Reflections from Life was published in April 2019 by Picador. It has been sold to various countries, including France, Germany and the US, where it will be published in March 2020 by HMH Books.

Previously her essays have been published in Granta, Winter Papers (edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith) Gorse , Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons and Banshee.

A forthcoming essay has been commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for their Essay slot and will be broadcast this Autumn. Sinéad’s short stories appear in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, May 2019), Repeal the 8th, The Broken Spiral and Looking at the Stars and her poetry has featured in the anthologies Autonomy, Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry and Reading the Future. (both Arlen House).

There will be a discussion following the reading.

Music on the night will be provided by Sive.

Sive is a songwriter and musician dubbed ‘one of the most inspiring and exciting artists of our time’ by Female First UK. Combining haunting, multi-layered vocals with delicately woven musicality and charm, Sive has carved a truly compelling style of alt-folk that is not afraid to differentiate from the norm. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Sive released her album The Roaring Girl to critical acclaim in 2017. She followed this with live shows across Ireland, Europe and New Zealand, sharing stages with the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Kila and Mick Flannery along the way, and winning the audience choice vote to appear on RTE’s Other Voices. In 2018, Sive started working with Veta Music and recorded a series of songs in their studio space in Berlin. The resulting self-titled EP was released in May 2019, receiving praise from music critics both at home and abroad. Despite the restrictions that came with 2020, it proved a busy year – in March, Sive set up a social enterprise called Embrace Music which went on to provide over 40 live stream music sessions for nursing homes and older people caring for loved ones at home during lockdown. At the same time, she continued to work on new material for her next album, which is due for release in autumn 2021.

The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

Open Mic

The Open Mic will be Limited to eight attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person.

If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, please email [email protected], NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 30TH OF MARCH. **Limited Space**

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.

[email protected]/ 071 911 1675

The Word: Upcoming Episodes:

  • April 2021: with Una Mannion, A Crooked Tree
  • May 2021: with Lucy Caldwell, All The Beggars Riding