Celebrating local literature and music



Three of Roscommon’s best known writers – Brian Leyden, Jane Clarke and Michael O’Dea – will feature in an event which recognises the distinct literary heritage of Roscommon and the surrounding areas.

  Roscommon Arts Centre will host the 8 Degrees West programme on Saturday, September 14th which will feature an afternoon of masterclass workshops and will be followed by a collection of readings and music.

  The ‘Heartlands Writers’ recognise the Hidden Heartlands of Roscommon and surrounding counties as a region which possesses a distinct literary heritage similar to the writing tradition that Northern Ireland has long been appreciated for.

  “The Hidden Heartlands are the lands of literary giants such as (Oliver) Goldsmith, (John) McGahern and Douglas Hyde – but they are also the lands of present-day writers such as Brian Leyden, Jane Clarke, Vincent Woods, John Waters” explains Michael O’Dea.

  “In much the same way as we have undersold the touristic potential of these counties, we have not fully appreciated the richness of their 

literary heritage either”.

  The Heartlands Writers event at the arts centre will consist of three workshops, one with Jane Clarke entitled ‘The Art of Metaphor’, ‘Write On’ with Brian Leyden and ‘Sculpting a Poem from the Rough Block’ with Michael O’Dea.

  Workshops take place from 2 pm to 5 pm. Later that evening from 7 pm to 8.30 pm the three writers will present a Literary Miscellany in the arts centre’s auditorium, accompanied by musicians.

  Tickets for the workshops are priced at €15 each while tickets for the Literary Miscellany are also €15. There is a special ticket offer of €25 available to anyone who wishes to attend both a workshop and the Literary Miscellany. Booking is open now at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090-6625824.