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Donegal Literature and Landscape event 21.02.24

BUNCRANA Community Library will host a very special event called Donegal Literature and Landscape on Ireland Reads Day, Saturday 24th February at 3pm. Inspired by the Booker Prize win of Donegal author Paul Lynch, a host of the county’s most talented poets, novelists, artists, musicians, and historians will come together to discuss the way the unique and rugged landscape of Donegal has influenced their own work. Writers from William Allingham to Brian Friel have tapped into our richest resource, the hills, glens and coastline of the county to create great works of fiction, poetry and drama.
Launching the Donegal Literature and Landscape event from left are Morgan Fry, Librarian Assistant, Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian, Donegal Library Service, Kathy Donaghy, Author, Freelance Journalist and Event Moderator, Joe Kelly, Executive Librarian and Sinead McLaughlin, Executive Librarian. Photo Clive Wasson.
Although Paul Lynch cannot attend the event, this will be an opportunity to acknowledge his remarkable achievement of winning the Booker Prize for his novel Prophet Song in the company of other Donegal creatives.

Several panel discussions, led by journalist and author Kathy Donaghy, will examine how being from Donegal has inspired the work of the panellists. There will be three panels entitled ‘Writing Donegal’, ‘Advancing Donegal’ and ‘Portraying Donegal’. Each panel will last 45 minutes with music and refreshments between each panel discussion. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions from the floor to ensure this is a truly interactive experience for both participants and audience.

Panellists include Moya Cannon, Breandán MacSuibhne, Angela Byrne, Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha, Garrett Carr, Kevin Doherty, Ros Harvey, Tim Stampton, Clodagh Warnock, Róisín McGrory, Alan Millar, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde.

Music will be provided by the wonderful Ceolan School of Music from Moville. The Donegal Literature and Landscape symposium is free and open to everyone, but booking is essential. To book a place please contact Buncrana Library on 074 93 61941.

For further information please contact Joe Kelly at josephkelly@donegalcoco.ie or 087 1851505.
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