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Pen Fest 2017 – Carlow’s Creative Writing Festival

23rd September 2017 - 24th September 2017

Carlow's Creative Writing Festival

Now in it’s seventh year, Pen Fest 2017 is a collaborative series of events as part of Creative Ireland, Carlow. Featuring music, recitals, readings, talks, panel discussions and workshops this year’s line up has something for everyone.

The Festival weekend begins with Culture Night on Friday, September 22nd and continues over the rest of the weekend in venues: Carlow Central Library, Carlow County Museum, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & George Bernard Shaw Theatre and Carlow College, St. Patricks.

Partnership and collaboration with all these organisations including Carlow County Council Arts Office, make this a weekend not to be missed.

Mentors and facilitators travelling to give workshops and readings include Sarah Maria Griffin, Carol Boland and Dominic Williams. More local talent includes Barry McKinley, Dr. Derek Coyle, new author Joe Campbell, Carlow College Writer in Residence, Michael McCarthy and Carlow County Library Writer in Residence, John McKenna.

So far the festival programme is as follows:

Saturday, September 23rd:

What? When? Where?

Guerrilla Poetry with Dominic Williams Time: 10am-12pm Carlow College, St. Patricks

Creative Writing for Beginners with Sarah Maria Griffin Time: 10:30am-4pm Carlow Central Library

Poetry – a Workshop with Michael McCarthy Time: 2:00pm-4pm Carlow College, St. Patricks

Writing Local History with Christopher PowerTime: 2:00-4pmCarlow County Museum

Afternoon Reading with Derek Coyle & Dominic Williams Time: 4:30pm-5:15pm Carlow College, St. Patricks

Afternoon Reading with Sarah Griffin & Michael McCarthy Time: 5:30pm-6:15pm Carlow Central Library

Book Launch – “One Cold Kiss” by Joe Campbell Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Carlow Central Library

The Writing Life – a panel discussion with PenFest Writers Time: 8pm-9:30pm Carlow College, St. Patricks

Sunday, September 24th:

What? When? Where?

Creative Writing for Beginners with Sarah Maria Griffin Time: 10:30am-4pm Carlow Central Library

Self Discovery through Poetry with Carol Boland Time: 2pm-4:30pm Carlow Central Library

The Magic Bookshop Time: 2pm/4pm/6pm VISUAL & GB Shaw Theatre

Afternoon Reading with TBCTime: 5pm-6pmCarlow Central Library


For more information or to book a place at any event, contact Fiona at 059 9129705 or email library@carlowcoco.ie



23rd September 2017
24th September 2017
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Fiona O’Toole


Carlow Central Library