The Word, featuring, Lucy Caldwell, in conversation with Dr. Keith Hopper

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 6:30PM

Online ZOOM event.

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, is back for 2021

Featuring: Lucy Caldwell, Novelist & Playwright, in conversation with Dr. Keith Hopper.

Reserve your place with Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/154708714931

Lucy Caldwell is the author of four novels, including the forthcoming These Days (Faber, March 2022), two short story collections, and several stage plays and radio dramas. She is also the editor of Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her most recent publication is Intimacies, a collection described by Kevin Barry as “A tremendous collection. Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just below their surface,” and by Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee as “Heart-stoppingly good.”

Dr Keith Hopper lectures in Writing & Literature at the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009); general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007); and co-editor of Flann O’Brien: Centenary Essays (2011) and The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013). He also co-edited a series of four books by and about Dermot Healy (2015-2016). Keith is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently writing a book on poetry and the sense of place in the digital age. https://oxford.academia.edu/KeithHopper

There will be a discussion following the reading.

Lucy Caldwell is the author of four novels, including the forthcoming These Days (Faber, March 2022), two short story collections, and several stage plays and radio dramas. She is also the editor of Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her most recent publication is Intimacies, a collection described by Kevin Barry as “A tremendous collection. Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just below their surface,” and by Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee as “Heart-stoppingly good.”

Dr Keith Hopper lectures in Writing & Literature at the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009); general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007); and co-editor of Flann O’Brien: Centenary Essays (2011) and The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013). He also co-edited a series of four books by and about Dermot Healy (2015-2016). Keith is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently writing a book on poetry and the sense of place in the digital age. https://oxford.academia.edu/KeithHopper

Music

We are privileged to be joined by acclaimed Harpist and County Sligo native, BRÍDÍN. BRÍDÍN carries on the tradition of Irish music into the fourth generation of her family, playing harp, flute, piano, and dancing sean nós. Her musical talent emerged at a very early age and she has developed her own style, influenced by her natural surroundings and rooted in her background in traditional Irish music. Her TV appearances include, The Tommy Tiernan show and she will next, be joining the line up for this year’s Wild Roots festival 2021. Her forthcoming contemporary folk EP ‘Ocean of Stars’ is out now.

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 mibrennan@sligococo.ie, NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 25TH OF MAY. **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.

sligolib@sligococo.ie/ 0719111675

‘Sligoe Cove’ Cruinniú Colouring competition.

As Cruinniú na nOg is always held around the same time as Yeats Day (13th June) we ensure that we also celebrate our world renowned poet. William and his famous artist brother Jack lived in Sligo as children in the 19th century. They loved to hear stories about smugglers and pirates and Jack used to draw his own pirate maps. William became the famous poet WB Yeats, and is buried at Drumcliffe Churchyard. In respect to them & in association with Yeats Society Sligo, we have created our own Sligo coast map called ‘Sligoe Cove’. We just ask you all to download and colour in the Pirate Map, put down your name, age and school and submit it to us using the online form, below.

  • We just ask you all to download and colour in the Pirate Map, put down your name, age and school and send it to us using the following method
  • We also want you to mark on the Map with a big Red X where you think the treasure is buried. Clue – it’s beside one of the landmarks drawn on the map!
  • The entries with the best colouring deemed by the judges and with their X closest to the hidden treasure will win a prize in their category!
  • There are three categories, under 6, 6 to 8 yrs and 9+.
  • Each category winner will win a One4All gift voucher.
  • Winners will be announced Live from our Facebook page/ Cruinniú na nÓg event on Saturday, 12th of June.
  • The winner of the 9+ category will also introduce one of the activities/event on the day via our Facebook channel.
  • Entries need to reach us by Wednesday 9th June 2021.

Sorry. This form is no longer accepting new submissions.

Hideous Hags and Fairy Forts: Terrible Tales of Sligo’s Monuments – Facebook Event

Join archaeologist Tamlyn McHugh as she takes you on a time travel tour to explore the amazing archaeology of County Sligo.

You will hear tales of hideous hags, lake monsters and witches as we explore the myths and legends of Sligo’s monuments! Learn what to do if you must pass a fairy fort at night; how to avoid getting turned to stone by a witch or what to do if you encounter a water hound!

This event is pre-recorded and as such, it will be available on our Facebook page in the days following June 12th. The event is hosted by the Sligo Community Archaeology Project, an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum. 

This is a prerecorded event. 12.30PM – 12.50PM

**NO BOOKING REQUIRED**

Comic Arts Workshop with Wayne O’Connor – Facebook Event

This art workshop is perfect for children who love comics and graphic novels. Artist Wayne O’Connor will show you how to create characters like the ones seen in comics. After you’ve brought your character to life, you can send a photo of your creation on social media and we’ll pick some winners. So, sharpen your pencils for this fun workshop!

All that’s needed is paper, pencils, and markers or colours. The workshop is pre-recorded. It will be available on our Facebook page on June 12th and the days following.

This pre-recorded event will take place live on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June. 11.40AM – 12.00PM

**No Booking Required**

€40 One4all vouchers are up for grabs! All you need to do is create a piece of artwork inspired by the workshop you’re watching!

Please visit the specific event on our library webpage www.sligolibrary.ie/cruinniu-na-nog-2021  to find out what materials you need to take part!

Please ask your parents/guardians permission to use their phone to take a photograph of your work and send it to Sligo County Library via Facebook messenger only!

There are three categories for entering, under 6, 6 to 8yrs old and 9 yrs+

Please clearly mark your entry with your first name only, your age and the competition that you are entering.

Entries close on Wednesday 23rd June at 5pm. Good luck!

Ocean Art with Linda Fahrlin – Facebook Event

This pre-recorded event will take place live on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June.

Dive into the ocean and bring out your splashing colours to create your own ocean-inspired artwork. In this workshop, we’ll explore the food chain of Atlantic marine life, from the tiny creatures to the larger predators. 

The workshop will be led by Linda Fahrlin, an illustrator whose distinctive work has been used around the world for logotypes, packaging, products, environmental graphics, textiles, and more. Her illustrative style is influenced by her Swedish heritage and Scandinavian design. Most recently, Linda worked on the children’s book, “The Great Irish Science Book.”

Materials needed for this workshop are:

  • Large paper cardboard for background
  • Paper
  • Colours, crayons, or pencils
  • Pen for sketching
  • Eraser
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Sticky tape 

This pre-recorded event will take place live on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June. 10.50AM – 11.10AM

**No Booking Required**

€40 One4all vouchers are up for grabs! All you need to do is create a piece of artwork inspired by the workshop you’re watching!

Please visit the specific event on our library webpage www.sligolibrary.ie/cruinniu-na-nog-2021  to find out what materials you need to take part!

Please ask your parents/guardians permission to use their phone to take a photograph of your work and send it to Sligo County Library via Facebook messenger only!

There are three categories for entering, under 6, 6 to 8yrs old and 9 yrs+

Please clearly mark your entry with your first name only, your age and the competition that you are entering.

Entries close on Wednesday 23rd June at 5pm. Good luck!

The Kesh Jig – featuring some of the best young musicians in the county – Facebook Event

Sligo Library will celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg by celebrating some of the best, young musicians in the county as they play their own rendition of the ‘Kesh Jig’.

These pre-recorded sessions will play, throughout the morning, on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June.

**No Booking Required**

#YeatsDay – A Celebration of Yeats 156th Birthday- Facebook Event

Join the McSharry School of Speech and Drama for this pre-recorded event to celebrate the 156th birthday of WB Yeats. Through drama, poetry, song and dance, you can catch a glimpse of Sligo, the spiritual home of the poet. 

The presentation will be set in the idyllic setting of Hazelwood, an inspiration for the Yeats poem The Song Of Wandering Aengus, and will also include Lough Gill which contains the Lake Isle of Innisfree.

This pre-recorded event will take place throughout the morning on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June.

**No Booking Required**

Ceramics Workshop With Ian Carty – Facebook Event

Ian Carty is a ceramics artist that has created his own unique Dragon Glaze style. Join him in this pre-recorded video where he will discuss the secrets of his fascinating glazing. Ian hopes to share his knowledge with budding ceramicists and inspire them in their own work,

The video will be available on the Sligo County Library Facebook page in the days leading up to June 12th.

To take part you will need:

  • Air drying clay 
  •  A rolling pin 
  • A non-stick surface (plywood or MDF is good)
  • A craft knife (blunt) or a kitchen knife (please be mindful of sharp objects with young children)
  • A ruler
  • A small painting brush
  • A sharp pencil

This pre-recorded event will take place live on our Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June. 11.15AM – 11.35AM

**No Booking Required**

€40 One4all vouchers are up for grabs! All you need to do is create a piece of artwork inspired by the workshop you’re watching!

Please visit the specific event on our library webpage www.sligolibrary.ie/cruinniu-na-nog-2021  to find out what materials you need to take part!

Please ask your parents/guardians permission to use their phone to take a photograph of your work and send it to Sligo County Library via Facebook messenger only!

There are three categories for entering, under 6, 6 to 8yrs old and 9 yrs+

Please clearly mark your entry with your first name only, your age and the competition that you are entering.

Entries close on Wednesday 23rd June at 5pm. Good luck!

Exploring Science with Dr. Mary Heneghan – Facebook Event

**No Booking Required**

Join Dr. Mary Heneghan from IT Sligo as she showcases fun and interesting science experiments that you can do from the safety of your own home. This educational workshop will be engaging for the whole family! 

Materials needed for each experiment are listed below. 

Invisible soda

  • Coke (full fat)
  • Milk

Floating letters

  • M&M sweets
  • Water
  • Glass bowl/container

Candy rainbow

  • M&M or Skittle sweets
  • Water
  • Glass bowl/container

Colour mixology

  • Clear or white ice cube tray
  • Red, blue and yellow food colouring
  • Water
  • Paint brushes

Soda explosion (homemade geyser)

  • Menthos sweets
  • 2L bottle of Diet Coke
  • 1 sheet of carboard or paper
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Tape

Red cabbage pH indicator

  • Red cabbage
  • Blender
  • Water
  • Sieve
  • Glass containers (e.g. clean jam jar)
  • Lemon
  • Baking soda