Looking for tickets? We’ll have our box office open in the Abbey Centre on Wednesday and Thursday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Many of our events are free and tickets will not be required, but some events are ticketed, and have limited seating. Don’t miss out!
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Secondary Schools Fiction and Poetry competitions. We had a great response this year, and the standard was higher than ever. The future of literature and poetry is bright!
Winners (first, second and third places) are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, on Saturday November 10th at 13.30. See you all there!
U13 Flash Fiction
1. Conor Boyle "Out of the Frying Pan."
2. Isabel Gomez "Boys"
3. Olivia Stefanska "Once in a Faraway Land"
1. Sophia Brock "Goodbye and Goodnight"
2. Joshua Mullins "Monday Morning Blues"
3. Orla Grant "One Smile"
U15 Flash Fiction
1. Mirren Dunlop "Swan Song "
2. Sorcha Feehily "The Fire"
3. Conor Grant Farren "Two in the Morning"
1. Sean Livesley "Cutting Turf 2"
2. Ben Kelly "Sealing the Bond"
3. Orla Devlin "Not Twins"
U19 Flash Fiction
1. Cadhla Doyle"Autumn Equinox"
2. Penelope Durran "Skipping Generations"
3. Rachel Thorpe"Beeswax"
1. Siofra Kelleher"Candle Women"
2. Ella Sloane"Heather Hen"
3. Penelope Durran " Metamorphosis"
Reflections and reminiscences about the late Donegal poet and playwright from leading poets Moya Cannon and Theo Dorgan, journalist Gerry Moriarty, and Francis Harvey's daughter Attracta Harvey Kinsella. The evening will include a multimedia presentation “Celebrating Francis Harvey” by photographer Emer O'Shea, inspired by and featuring Harvey’s poem ‘Heron’ which won the 1998 Guardian and World Wildfund Life Poetry Competition.
Entry is free but seats are limited so booking is essential.
Join us in the Abbey Centre next Saturday afternoon for a very special screening of hit Irish movie, 'Black 47', in the company of key members of the production team. Patrick and Rossa O'Neill will both be in attendance for a Q&A following the movie, giving fans a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the making of the film. Rossa was the Locations Manager for the film, and Patrick was an Associate Producer, as well as the CEO of Wildcard Films, the film distribution company which he set up five years ago. The Q&A will be hosted by Ken Fox, Principal Lecturer in the School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Book Now as we expect this event to be busy!
Olive Travers, Clinical Psychologist and regular contributor to RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany, will once again host one of her very popular Creativity Workshops next Friday morning as part of the Allingham Festival. This workshop was over-subscribed last year, so we recommend booking in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!
This fun two hour workshop explores how we can harness creativity through increasing awareness of the richness of life around and within us. Suitable for both writers and any forms of creative expression. Weather permitting the outdoor natural beauty around the Abbey Mill Wheel will be part of the workshop.
Participants are advised to wear warm clothing and walking shoes.
Friday 9th November 12am-2pm
Abbey Mill Wheel, Ballyshannon
The winners of the Allingham 2018 Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions are…
First Place -- ‘Pan on the Lean Branch’, by Niamh MacCabe
Second Place -- ‘The Crossing’, by Christina Campbell
Third Place -- ‘Once Upon a Time in Holles Street’, by Ingrid Casey
First Place -- ‘The Long Path’, by Ron Carey
Second Place -- ‘Ectopic’, by Simon Lewis
Third Place -- ‘The Fat Man’, by Jerm Curtin
Congratulations to the winners, and we look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony next Saturday as part of the Literary Lunch (Nirvana Restaurant, The Mall, Ballyshannon, 12pm - open to the general public). Well done to everyone who took part. We had a record number of entries in both categories this year, and all of our judges were suitably impressed by the quality of the work. Thanks also to our judges Jessica Traynor, Paul Mc Veigh, Una Mannion and Theo Dorgan for all their hard work in selecting the winners.
We have a fantastic range of events celebrating, encouraging and supporting new and established writers next week at the Allingham Festival. With writing workshops for secondary school students, a Creativity Workshop with Olive Travers, poetry readings with Jessica Traynor, Niall MacMonagle’s exploration of art and creativity, book launches and interviews with Denise Blake, Paula Gilvarry and Marc McMenamin, writing awards at the Literary Lunch, poetry and writings of the Allingham Family, and our commemoration of WWI, there is something for everyone!
We have a fantastic night of music for you next Saturday night at the Allingham Concert!
The show will open with a performance by the highly acclaimed Donegal Youth Orchestra, led by conductor Vincent Kennedy. The programme for the evening will include classical and traditional pieces, and feature original compositions by Mr. Kennedy.
Following that, we have the wonderfully talented Niamh Currid, who needs no introduction to local audiences. Niamh will perform three original pieces for piano, 'The Waning Moon', 'Sadhbh’s Lament' and 'The Crashing Waves'. Niamh will then be joined by Rory Corbett on banjo, James Mc Namee on fiddle and Henry Pierce on mandolin for a mixture of folk, bluegrass, southern soul and some Irish pieces for good measure.
We are also delighted that Niall MacMonagle will be able to join us on the Abbey stage with a short reading to contribute to the magic of the evening. Niall is an editor, writer, critic and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1.
This promises to be a highly entertaining evening with music of the highest calibre, so book your tickets now!