Monday 21 October 2019

All genres covered at Bray Literary Festival

Tanya Farrelly, Geraldine Mills and Edward O’Dwyer at Bray Town Hall
Tanya Farrelly, Geraldine Mills and Edward O’Dwyer at Bray Town Hall

Mary Fogarty

Aspiring and experienced authors converged on Bray last weekend for the town's literary festival.

Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visitors enjoyed readings, talks, workshops and more in the event created by writer Tanya Farrelly.

This was the third Bray Literary Festival and a very successful weekend, which included panel discussions, open-mic sessions and musical performances.

Venues included Bray Town Hall, Mermaid Arts Centre, the Harbour Bar, The Strand and St Cronan's School.

Tanya was assisted by committee members David Butler, Philip Lynch, Nessa O'Mahony, Edward O'Dwyer, Brian Kirk and Breda Wall Ryan.

Hundreds of writers and lovers of literature attended festival events that spanned the genres and included workshops and readings for young people.

Tanya interviewed John Boyne and Jess Kidd on Saturday night in the Mermaid, in what was one of the highlights of the weekend.

An eclectic mix of Ireland's rising and established voices in poetry, fiction, memoir and music contributed to the melting pot of wonderful sessions.

The opening event on Friday evening was a free illustrated talk entitled 'Wilde Times' by Gerry Hanberry at The Strand Hotel at 8 p.m.

The venue of course was formerly owned by Oscar Wilde himself. Participants found the evening to be entertaining and informative.

Workshops for those wishing to hone their skills included: A Sense of Place; Writing for the Stage; Memoir; Writers' Coaching Clinic; Advanced Fiction; Poetry, and Crime Writing.

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