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SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place in Roscommon Town, on Saturday, 25 October, with an exciting programme of events lined up. The main venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town but full details of times and venues are available from the SiarScéal website. A brochure containing the Programme of Events is also available to download.
A further date has been added for Friday, 28 November, when the Trinity Arts Centre in nearby Castlerea will host a Water Music exhibition: a study of the River Suck through mixed media and haiku with artist, Anne Rigney and poet, Gwen Bond.
A centre-piece of the SiarScéal Festival, now in its eight year, is the Hanna Greally Literary Awards. This takes place annually in conjunction with the festival, honouring the life of Athlone-born writer best remembered for her memoir, Bird Nest Soup, a moving personal account of life inside Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s.
The overall winner of this years award will have their book published, in print and e-book editions, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher, the publishing solutions and author services provider who are sponsoring the prize. Entries for the Awards, which should consist of no more than 1000 words for prose submissions or 100 lines for poetry, must be received before Friday, 17 October. Up to three entries per person will be accepted. Full details, including competition rules of entry are available from the SiarScéal website.
Another highlight of this years festival will be the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan. This is a work of historical fiction inspired by students from Castleplunkett National School and Abbey National School, both in Roscommon. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the festival launch. It will also be available to buy online, in print and e-book editions from October.
Writers workshops, open mic, an evening concert recital featuring Lilibulero are among the other events being organised.
SiarScéal celebrates the history and the people of Roscommon. The festival extends a warm welcome to anyone with links to Roscommon or even just an affinity for its unique culture and heritage. However it is also open to the general public and promises fun, entertainment, relaxation for all ages and interests.