Declan's writing workshop - Crime writer Declan Burke is giving a creative writing workshop on September 19 in Creative Spark as part of the Wee County Big Book Club 2019.
The prize-winning novelist has published six books, including his debut Eightball Boogie, Slaughter's Hound, The Big O, Crime Always Pays and Absolute Zero Cool. He has also contributed to a number of short story anthologies and essay collections
For this workshop he will be focusing on character building in the context of thrillers. Using this year's book club choice, Liz Nugent's Skin Deep as an inspiration, the 'Character is Mystery' workshop will explore the importance of character in crime and mystery fiction, offering a guide to creating and sustaining plausible, interesting, fictional characters.
The workshop, which takes place from 11am to 1pm after a coffee session at 10.30am, is free but places must be booked through www.creativespark.ie
Ravensdale fiddle player Gerry O'Connor provided a guiding hand to fine art photographer Kate Nolan when she set up a her photographic studio in Drogheda last year to capture images of musicians and singers who performed at last year's Fleadh.
Visitors to this year's Fleadh should make sure to check out the result of their collaboration in the exhibition entitled Slides at Droichead Arts Centre which runs until September 28th. The exhibition title recalls both the vintage film format and the traditional tune type, and no doubt there will be some familiar faces among the portraits.
Great work from the Scottish colourists
Well worth seeing is The Scottish Colourists exhibition currently on show at the F E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge. It features the work of four Scottish artists , S.J.Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, Leslie Hunter, and F.C.B. Cadell, who are acknowledged as one of the most talented, experimental and distinctive groups in twentieth century British art.