Elphin Features in SiarScéal Festival this November

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox, an illustrated book of children’s verse by Rose Morris, writer from Elphin, will launch her book on Thursday, November 5, at 6 pm in Roscommon Library.

  She was the overall winner of last year’s Hanna Greally Literary Awards and this publishing deal was her prize.

  Retired teacher from the Abbeycarton NS, Elphin, 70 of the Abbeycartron students are taking part in this year’s Hanna Greally Literary Competition and also providing the musical entertainment for the official day’s proceedings on November 6.

  An exciting programme of literary events will happen at the official launch of SiarScéal Festival Friday, November 6, at 10 am, presided over by the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, accompanied by county librarian  Richie Farrell. 

  The Hanna Greally Literary Awards follow, with a cash prize of €200, and trophies for local, national and international entries, which include The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup for the remit with the ‘best sense of place’. 

  ‘Centenary in Reflection’ is this year’s theme and all entries, including school entries, will be considered for the SiarScéal Hanna Greally Literary Journal, which will be published April 2016.

  Leitrim Poet Mary Guckian is the adjudicator for this year’s competition.                                                   

  Sligo author Mary Branley will be facilitating a workshop on how to ‘Make Your Own Book’ at 12.30 pm downstairs in the Library.  She is director/writer with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership.

  She is also a teacher and winner of prestigious awards, such as the National Libraries Bursary for Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Sligo County Council Residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Many of her poetry collections, such as A Foot on the Tide, have been published.

  A informative session on ‘Writing and Publishing in the Information Age’ will also take pace at 2 pm. 

  This will look at both the challenges and the opportunities that modern publishing and communication technology present to authors of all genres, interested in writing to and for a public audience with Oscar Duggan.

  The afternoon’s events will conclude with an Open Mike.  Further details on SiarScéal Website:  www.siarsceal.com.  Refreshments served.