THE STINGING FLY @ FARMLEIGH HOUSE (In the Wake of the Rising)

SF Spring 2016 Front hi-resThe Stinging Fly literary magazine is legendary for finding, nurturing and publishing some of the most talented Irish writers of the last two decades (Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Sean O’Reilly, Danielle McLaughlin, among others). The theme of the February 2016 issue is “In the Wake of the Rising.” Guest editor Sean O’Reilly and founder, overall editor and publisher Declan Meade will be joined by contributors who will read and talk about issues raised by the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the current state of Ireland and Irish writing.

We’ll also talk about what it takes to start a literary magazine, how to keep it going and why?

Date: Wednesday 17th February 2016    Time: 8:00 pm (details re booking here)

The Writers:  Elaine Feeney, Paul Lynch and Lisa McInerney

The Musicians: Liam O’Connor (fiddle)  & Seán McKeon (pipes)

Elaine Feeney has published three collections of poetry: Indiscipline (2007), Where’s Katie? (2010) and The Radio was Gospel (2014). Her next collection, Rise, is due out with Salmon Poetry later this year. A regular performer at events and festivals in Ireland and beyond, Elaine is a previous winner of both the North Beach Nights Grand Slam and the Cúirt Festival Grand Slam.

Paul Lynch is the author of the novels Red Sky in Morning (2013) and The Black Snow (2014). He has been nominated for France’s Prix Femina, the Prix du Premier Roman (First Novel Prize), the Prix du Roman Fnac (Fnac Novel Prize), as well as being shortlisted for Best Newcomer at Ireland’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. In the US, he was selected by Barnes and Nobles for the Discover Great New Writers series.

Lisa McInerney is the author of The Glorious Heresies (John Murray, 2015). Her stories have featured on BBC Radio 4 and in The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, and Town and Country, edited by Kevin Barry. She is currently long-listed for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize for Young Writers.

Fiddle player Liam O’Connor and uilleann piper Seán McKeon were born into families immersed in traditional music. By the age of 15, both of them had amassed five solo All-Ireland titles each, and before turning eighteen they had won the senior Oireactas solo competitions in their respective instruments.  Liam was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002 and Seán was the 2005 recipient.

Seán and Liam released their duet album *Dublin Made Me* in 2009 to
widespread critical acclaim. The Irish Times awarded it “CD of the Week”
across all genres, describing it as “a vibrant collection that never once
loses sight of its birthright yet still manages to herald a new departure
in casting a spotlight on two exceptional musicians who marry technical
prowess with a marvellous sense of adventure and history”. They have
performed in venues throughout Ireland, Europe and North America.

Seán is also a member of the Damien Dempsey band. One of the pieces they
will be performing at Farmleigh is a march called ‘Easter 1916’ which was
composed by Seán. Liam was commissioned to compose music for a television
documentary on the 1913 Lockout.

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Please click here for entry to the draw for tickets to this very special event.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12noon, Wednesday 10th February.

Only successful applicants will be notified.

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