2017 Programme / Night of Notions


Poems, Songs and Stories

Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Gerard Beirne, Denise Blake, Alan McMonagle, Lorraine Walls & Eddie Lynch


Date: Sunday October 08
Venue: Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon
Time: 3.00pm / Cost: €5

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a writer and poet from Falcarragh who was awarded one of The Arts Council’s 16X16 Next Generation bursaries. The award enabled her to complete her debut collection of poetry, Bloodroot, which was published by Doire Press, Galway, this summer. She is currently Writer in Residence (2017-18) for Kerry County Council.

Gerard Beirne has published six books of fiction and poetry. His novel The Eskimo in the Net (set in Inishowen, where he lived for a time) was shortlisted for The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and his recent collection of stories, In a Time of Drought and Hunger, was listed for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award 2015.

Denise Blake’s poetry collections, Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy, are published by Summer Palace Press. Her third collection, Invocation, will be published later this year by Revival
Press. Denise is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1 and she is included in Poetry Ireland’s Writers in the Schools Directory and on the Irish Writers Centre mentor scheme.

Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories, Liar Liar and Psychotic Episodes, both of which were nominated for the Frank O’Connor Award. In 2015 he signed a two-book deal with Picador, and in 2017 his debut novel, Ithica, was published.

Lorraine Walls and Eddie Lynch are both members of the highly regarded West Coast Jazz ensemble. Lorraine was lead singer with the immensely popular Donegal jazz funk band Quarterdeck, who enjoyed great success throughout the 1980s. Virtuoso keyboards player Eddie Lynch is a stalwart in the Northwest of Ireland’s jazz scene. He has performed with a great variety of ensembles and solo singers over the years.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available from The Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon.

Tel: 071 98 51375

For all Festival events, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue on the evening of the performance. To avoid disappointment, however, please plan arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the advertised showtime.

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