2019 Programme / RTÉ Sunday Miscellany


RTÉ Sunday Miscellany

Denise Blake, Little John Nee, Olive Travers, Gerard Beirne, Brian Leyden, Louise Kennedy, Tara Connaghan, Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile, Hatchlings, Sarah E. Cullen, Conor and Micheal Murray. Hosted by Sarah Binchy

Special Thanks to The Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh.

Date: Sunday October 6
Venue: The Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon
Time: 3.00pm • Cost: FREE.
Booking Essential:  Tel: 071 9851375

For over fifty years, RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany has been at the heart of the Irish Sunday morning. With its distinctive mix of brand new short essays and poetry presented on air by their authors interspersed with music and song, it makes a hugely welcome return visit to The Abbey Centre where two editions of the iconic radio programme will be recorded for future broadcast.  

Letterkenny poet Denise Blake’s third collection, Invocation, was published by Revival Press, in 2018. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany and she was part of last year’s Miscellany 50 Live series of celebratory events at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Denise facilitates creative writing workshops throughout the North West.

A native of Donegal and Glasgow, Little John Nee is a writer and performer, now based in Tuam, County Galway. His shows for theatre include The Derry Boat, Rural Electric, The Mental,  Sparkplug,  Radio Rosario  and, most recently, Tea Dance, with the Tea Dance Triode. In October, he will be exhibiting some new sound sculptures as part of his Creative Ireland Residency with the Glens Arts Centre and Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton.

Olive Travers is a clinical psychologist and writer who has lived and worked for all of her adult life in South West Donegal. An experienced writing workshop facilitator, she is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany.

Gerard Beirne teaches on the BA Writing and Literature Programme at IT Sligo. He has published six books of fiction and poetry. A past winner of the Hennessey New Irish Writer of the Year Award, his short story collection, In a time of Drought and Hunger, was shortlisted for 2015 Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

Brian Leyden has written extensively about his home area of Arigna in County Roscommon. He won an RTÉ Francis McManus Award for his short story, The Last Mining Village and he has also won many awards for his radio documentaries. His current publications are Sweet Old World: New and Selected Stories, his memoir, The Home Place, and the novel, Summer of ’63.

Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. Her writing has been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Banshee. Her story, In Silhouette, is short-listed for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. She lives in Sligo.

Tara Connaghan is a highly respected fiddle player from Glenties. She co-ordinated the very well received Mná na bhFidileachta project for Earagail Arts Festival last year. Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile is a singer and fiddle player from Gleann Choim Cille. She is a member of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, Anúna.

Hatchlings are an up-and-coming ensemble of songwriters and instrumentalists, whose music draws from a wide range of influences including jazz and folk. The collective  includes two Donegal musicians, Eamonn Travers from Ballyshannon and Conor Cunningham from Mountcharles.

Twin brothers Conor Murray (Double Bass) and Michael Murray (Saxophone) are a couple of young jazz prodigies from An Falcarrach. Recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they toured Ireland earlier this summer in a stellar quartet featuring award-winning drummer and producer David Lyttle and rising Derry guitarist, Joseph Leighton.

Sarah E. Cullen is a singer and multi-intrumentalist from Carrigart. Earlier this summer, as part of an Earagail Arts Festival commission, she took part in a collaborative project exploring the traditional musics of the North West of Ireland and Rajasthan, the return leg of which takes place later this month in India.

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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