Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival

Thursday 30th September - Saturday 2nd October
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We are delighted to announce that the 22nd Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival commemorating the late poet will take place in his hometown of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from Thursday 30th September until Saturday 2nd October.

The Kerry-based poet, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, is this year’s winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award for her collection in Irish, Agallamh Sa Cheo, Cnoc Bhréanainn (Coiscéim, 2019). The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award will be presented to Ceaití at the opening night of the annual Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival on Thursday 30 September.

We are ready and waiting to welcome you all back to Newcastle West and to Éigse. We invite you to wander the town that Hartnett grew up in, to walk the steps from Maiden Street to Assumpta Park, to read some of his work displayed on boards in shops, bars and restaurants, to enjoy the town’s warm hospitality, and to come along to one, more or all of the events on our programme.

To download the Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival brochure, click here.

Thursday 30th September

Official Opening @ 7.30pm
Guest speaker Patricia Scanlan joined by Limerick tenor Derek Moloney.
Michael Hartnett Poetry Award will be presented to this year’s winner, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Admission Free  I  Register here.

Friday 1st October

Take a Chance @ 9.30am - 1pm
A series of school based workshops with poet and spoken word performer Colm Keegan.

New Voices
Readings from three emerging poets, Rafael Mendes, Natasha Remoundou and Polina Cosgrave.
10.30am Red Door Gallery, The Square
1.30pm Cronin’s Bar, The Square (outdoor venue)
Admission Free  I  Register here

The Word and the Melody @ 8pm
Poets Moya Cannon and Sean Lysaght will be joined on stage by string quartet Capriccio for a magical evening of words and music.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Cost: €10  I  Book here

Saturday 2nd October

From the Heart @ 11am
Join Limerick poet Bernie Crawford for an enjoyable and thought provoking gambol of words.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Admission Free  I  Register here.

Take a Chance 2 @ 12pm
Not What Should Come Next, Something Else
Poet Colm Keegan for a poetry workshop exploring Michael Hartnett's groundbreaking Inchicore Haiku. Closely read this fascinating poem and create your own work inspired by it's innovative approach. Those wishing to attend should apply in advance to info@eigsemichaelhartnett.ie.
Venue: Red Door Gallery, The Square  I  Admission €20  I  Book here

That Place We Call Home @ 1.30pm
One of Ireland’s best loved TV and radio presenters, John Creedon joins us for his very special and unique take on the townlands and byways of Ireland and the stories behind them. He will read from his recent book That Place We Call Home.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Admission €10  I  Register here

Michael Hartnett Memorial Lecture @ 3pm
With guest speaker Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Washington.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Admission €10  I  Book here

Castle Capers @ 3pm
Join us for an open-air miscellany of music and the spoken word in the grounds of the historic Desmond Hall and Castle. Casa Street Kitchen taco truck will be offering a range of tacos, gourmet burgers and salads!
Venue: Desmond Hall and Castle yard (outdoor venue)  I  Admission Free

A Way With Words
Writer Louise Nealon will read from her debut novel Snowflake
Kathleen McMahon will be in conversation with Norma Prendiville and will read from her new novel Nothing but Blue Sky.
String virtuose duo Lucia and Maria will add extra zest to the evening.
Venue: Longcourt House Hotel  I  Admission €15  I  Book here

Join us and be stimulated, inspired, enthused and bemused! With a blended format this year, live events will be intermingled with online events. Tickets and proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required on entry to the venue.

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the event, venue, list of contributors etc. may be subject to change.

Newcastle West

Online and Newcastle West town centre.

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