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Pop into any of our libraries and borrow our August book of the month, Making Way by Theo Dorgan. Theo will launch Pen Fest 2013 on Sept. 14th. Call John at 059 9129713 or email jshortall@carlowcoco.ie if you are interested in attending.

Pen Fest for Emerging Writers

September 13th-15th, Carlow Central Library.

Pen Fest 2013 Theo Dorgan

Pen Fest Launch with Theo Dorgan & Christy Neary - Fri. Sept. 13th at 5:30

Now in its third year preparations are almost finalised for Pen Fest 2013, the annual Carlow County Library literary festival. The focus of the festival is on emerging writers and will feature workshops and talks by experts in the literary field. Pen Fest 2013 will be launched by esteemed Poet, prose writer, editor, translator and member of Aosdána, Theo Dorgan at 6:00pm on Friday, Sept. 14th in Carlow Central Library. Stay tuned this page, Facebook, Twitter and our Blog for news on workshops, lectures, participants and booking. For further information contact John at jshortall@carlowcoco.ie or phone 059 9129713.

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Writing and Me with Kevin Barry - Sun. Sept. 15th at 2:30pm

Kevin Barry

Kevin will talk about his working day, how he gets to his desk, how he manages not to go nuts, how he gets words down on the page, how he makes a living from writing and other experiences from his writing life. He might also read a bit! Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections "Dark Lies The Island" and "There Are Little Kingdoms" and the novel "City Of Bohane". He has won the Impac Dublin City Literary Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Granta Book of the Irish Story, and many other journals. He also works  on screenplays and plays. He lives in Co Sligo.

Crime Writing for Beginners with Niamh O'Connor - Sat. Sept. 14th at 7:30pm

Niamh O'Connor

Solve the mystery of how to write thrilling suspense and gripping true crime in this Crime Writing Workshop for beginners with accomplished Author and Crime Correspondent Niamh O’Connor. Learn about the crime writing industry, the craft of writing and how to get started on your bloody journey with an expert in the field. Niamh O’Connor is the author of the best-selling true crime books on Catherine Nevin,The Black Widow; Blood Ties on Ireland’s most notorious murders and Cracking Crime, the story of forensic detective Jim Donovan. She is also the author of the best selling novels Taken, Too Close for Comfort, Blink and Worse Can Happen. She is also Crime Editor with the Sunday World newspaper. She has previously worked for The Examiner and RTÉ. Her experience in print journalism is extensive, and she has turned her talent to reporting in several different areas with great flair and precision. She lives in Wicklow.

Creative Writing for Beginners with Dave Lordan - Sat. Sept. 14th at 5:00pm

Dave Lordan

Explore and enjoy creative writing with Dave Lordan, author of one of 2013‘s most talked about and inventive books of short fiction, The First Book of Frags. Drawing on his own markedly innovative writing practice, and on his long and varied teaching experience, Dave will set stimulating and unusual writing prompts intended to generate a wide variety of unique creative responses from participants. This workshop will be intense but very engaging, and Dave’s feedback will be friendly but rigorous. Dave has won many awards for his writing and he recently ran the New Planet Cabaret series of creative writing workshops for RTÉ and New Island Press. He is a contributing editor for The Stinging Fly. For more on Dave vivist www.davelordanwriter.com

Short Story Writing for Beginners with Nuala Ní Chonchúir - Sat. Sept. 14th at 2:30pm

Nuala Ní Chonchúir

How can you make your short story as good as it can be? You do it by being mindful of every element: presentation, spelling, title, beginnings, language, story, character, POV, dialogue and endings. This course will examine how to get your story working from beginning to end. There will be handouts and participants will write in class. This workshop is suitable for the first-time writer as well as those who have been writing for a while. Handouts will be provided. Nuala is a short story writer, novelist and poet. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in June 2012. Her second novel will be published in 2014 by New Island. A chapbook of flash is forthcoming in September 2013 in the USA. She has won many short fiction awards, most recently The Jane Geske Award (USA) for her story ‘Peach’ which featured in Prairie Schooner. This story was also nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize. Nuala’s other awards include RTÉ Radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. She was shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature. Nuala has taught master-classes and workshops in the short story at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Big Smoke Writing Factory, Cork Short Story Festival, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway Arts Centre, the West Cork Literary Festival, Waterford Writers’ Weekend, Kilkenny Writers’ Weekend, the Trevor Bowen Summer School and at Writing 3.0 in Fingal, among other places. For more on Nuala visit www.nualanichonchuir.com

Self Publishing for Beginners with Ruby Barnes - Sat. Sept. 14th at 11:00am

Ruby Barnes

Ever wanted to publish your own book, poem, story or play but don’t know where to start? Come along to the Self Publishing for Beginners workshop with Ruby and learn how to publish your work online with ease. A self-published author of four novels, Ruby has sold thousands of e-books via Amazon and other outlets. He is based in Kilkenny, Ireland and is a graduate of NUI Maynooth Creative Writing for Publication. For more on Ruby visit www.marblecitypublishing.com

"Rime of the Ancient Mariner" with Christy Neary - Fri. Sept. 14th at 7:30pm

Christy Neary presents a teatime recital of Coleridge's much loved poem in the G.B. Shaw Room, Carlow Central Library on Friday, September 13th at 7:30pm. First published in 1798, Coleridge's lines have enchanted and intrigued readers ever since. Part Fairytale, part Gothic Horror, part Religious Allegory, "The Ancient Mariner" will take you on a fantastical voyage, where no one has gone before. Now, hear the words which ushered in the Romantic movement in English poetry.

 "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Recital by Christy Neary

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