Busy programme for Eigse Michael Hartnett

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Michael Hartnett, an outstanding weaver of words and concepts as Béarla agus Gaeilge.

EIGSE Michael Hartnett, the arts festival which opens in Newcastle West on Thursday, September 30, offers an unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the acclaimed poet and to breathe in the sense of place that was a ahallmark of his life and work.

The three-day festival, which went online last year because of the pandemic, is back this year with a full programme of live events.

It opens on Thursday, September 30, when best-selling author Patricia Scanlan will be joined by Limerick tenor Derek Moloney. The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award will be presented to this year’s winner, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin.

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The programme continues on Friday with readings from Rafael Mendes, Natasha Remoundou and Polina Cosgrave. There will be school visits and workshops with poet and spoken word performer, Colm Keegan.  Friday’s main event will see poets Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght on stage along with string quartet Capriccio.

Saturday will begin with a reading by Limerick poet Bernie Crawford and Colm Keegan will hold a workshop for adult writers. Broadcaster John Creedon will read from his book, ‘That Place We Call Home’ while Dan Mulhall, the Irish ambassador to Washington, will deliver the Michael Hartnett memorial lecture

The festival will close on a high note with authors Louise Nealon (Snowflake) and Kathleen McMahon (Nothing but Blue Sky) and music from violin duo, Lucia and Maria.

Full detials at www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie