The Irish Writers' Centre has made history by claiming the Guinness World Record for 'Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books'. With overwhelming support both on and offline, 111 writers read throughout the night to wrest the title previously held by Berlin Literature Festival.
Broadcast partner liveoneveryscreen.com streamed the event to over 103,000 people watching across the globe, from Parnell Square to Perth. It kicked off on Friday morning at 10am with an introduction from Senator David Norris. Readers included John Boyne, Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry, Pat Boran, Marita Conlon-McKenna and Jack Harte, Chairman of the Irish Writers' Centre.
"On this very special Bloomsday, James Joyce would be proud of what we have achieved. As a working struggling author all his life he had a lot in common with our contemporary authors showcased here in the last 28 hours," said Jack Harte.Find out more about the event.
iBAM! is a gathering of authors, artists and musicians from around the world, under one roof, for a two day Irish cultural celebration. Joan is giving a reading on Sunday the 13th at 3pm.
The Celebration kicks off at 11am both days. Food and drink will be served all day and places to relax and enjoy a cup of tea or a refreshing pint while reading your new purchases will be everywhere! Enjoy panel discussions, live music, author and poetry readings, cooking demonstrations, films, theater, workshops, and the general craic of a good time with friends. Tickets are $10/day in advance and $15 at the door.Find out more about IBAM Shedule of Events
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series' anthology, What Writers Do will be launched in Hickory, NC on Saturday, November 12th.
Joan McBreen's submissions, "February Song" and "Cardiff, March 1995," will be included in the anthology and she is looking forward to attending the launch.
What Writers Do, with its behind the scenes look at the craft of writing, celebrates the series that continues to connect great writers with delighted readers. For more than 20 years the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University has championed great writers - both established and emerging.
Rand Brandes, series founder and editor, and Anthony Abbott, this volume's editor, have brought together some of the series' most beloved and memorable writers to form a collection that includes: new prose by Bret Lott, Mark Powell and Dori Sanders; new poems by Joan McBreen, Sharon Olds, Fred Chappell and Billy Collins; and classic memoir excerpts by the likes of John Updike, Reynolds Price and Frank McCourt. More than words, this volume also features photographs of the writers and where they work.Find out more about the anthology here.
Clifden Community Arts Week is celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2011, and is a great celebration of the Arts which includes poetry readings, lectures, recitals, traditional music, concerts, comedy, etc. all enjoyed in a wonderful relaxed atmosphere in one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast.
Time to take walks during the day, enjoy the lovely Autumn colours, eat in a great choice of restaurants, and then be inspired by Ireland's best artists as they mingle and talk with the local community and visitors alike. View website nearer the time for the complete programme of events taking place during the festival, and for times and venues of the various acts.
Clifden Community Arts Week, the west of Ireland's most prominent and longest running community arts festival, will return this September for its 34th year of artistic celebration. Taking place from September 15 to 25, the festival boasts an impressive line up of national and international talent with a jam-packed programme that covers all spectrums of the arts from literature and music to theatre, film, and comedy, as well as inspirational talks and lectures and a dedicated schools' programme.
This year's highlights include readings from presidential candidate and politician Michael D Higgins and Ireland Professor of Poetry Harry Clifton with Leanne O'Sullivan. The impressive literary programme also includes poets Dermot Healy, Louis DePaor, Tom Paulin and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, and Eilean Ni Chuilleanan and Macdara Woods, who as husband and wife are great pioneers for modern Irish poetry. Playwright and novelist Thomas Kilroy will also read as will Hennessey New Irish Writer of the Year and local Clifden woman Siobhan Mannion.
Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers' Centre & Dublin UNESCO city of Literature presented a reading by Poet
Laureate of the State of Iowa Mary Swander, Seamus Cashman & Joan McBreen with classical guitarist Redmond O' Toole. This event
took place on Thursday 9th June at 6.30 pm.
"A marvelous collection ... Miss Swander's characters enthral" -New York Times Book Review A recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, Mary Swander's work is "powerfully aural, even choral, in ways we expect of an earlier, regional American literature, from Sherwood Anderson to Faulkner to Eudora Welty. There is really nothing to compare it to in our poetry." -Stanley Plumly
"... at times grotesque in its human portraiture, at times magically real in images and events, but always moving, surprising like the consummate American river that pervades its lines." -Daniel Tobin