The Tipperary Excel kicked off its inaugural Literary Weekend with a wine reception followed by a very entertaining evening in the company of actor and entrepreneur Peter Sheridan.
Peter entertained the audience with tales of life in inner city Dublin, the trials, tribulations and eventual celebration of introducing and including the people of inner city Dublin to drama and the arts while affording them the opportunity to tell their stories.
It was an intriguing insight not alone into his own life, a man from a working class background, but into the life of ‘The Monto’ and the Dublin city tenements.
This memoir piece was very well received by a most appreciative rural audience.
Saturday’s schedule included workshops in ‘Memoir Writing’, facilitated by Sheila Quealey and a poetry workshop facilitated by Grace Wells.
Both workshops were well attended as was the storytelling provided by Mary Hickey on behalf of Tipperary Town Library.
Frank Reidy, a travel writer and a native of Sligo but currently living in Connemara, regaled his audience with tales of his travels in Africa and Ethiopia. Grace Wells recited her poems on the theme of travel bringing the theme of the evening full circle.
The Open Mic session on Sunday afternoon provided a space for people to come and read their stories competitively where the audience chose the winners.
This was wonderfully entertaining with a wide diversity of writing. Well done to all who participated and to those who won prizes:
1st Prize Brenda Bowles, 2nd Prize Barry Finnegan and John Carew and 3rd Prize Noreen Cussen, Sylvia Greene and Mary Davis.
The South Tipperary V.E.C. provided the prizes and the Excel would like to acknowledge and thank them and the county and town library for their wonderful support in all the Excel’s endeavours.