Open Call for Allingham Arts Festival Nov. 9-12 2017

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Open Call for Allingham Arts Festival Nov. 9-12 2017

The Allingham Arts Festival takes place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, each November. The aim of the festival is to bring a wide range of arts activities to the community, celebrating local, national and international artists of many disciplines. In recent years, we have hosted poetry and writing events, concerts, documentary film screenings and discussions, lectures in design, panel discussions on the creative economy, craft workshops, art and photography exhibitions, history lectures, drama and much more. Recent guests have included Anne Enright, Theo Dorgan, Afric Mc Glinchey, Garry Keane, Jamie D'Alton, Wes Sewell and Nishaw Ali, amongst others. 

The Allingham Festival Committee would like to invite submissions from all interested parties for inclusion in the Allingham Arts Festival 2017, which will take place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, from November 9th - 12th.

We would like to hear from artists, writers, poets, musicians, digital media and creative media artists and producers, kids entertainers, educators, film-makers, producers, workshop facilitators, entrepreneurs, crafts people, theatre companies, and anyone else with a suitable event to propose! Please fill in the form on our website, providing a clear outline of the nature of the event you would like to propose.

All proposals will be discussed by the Allingham Festival Committee in March. Decisions for inclusion will be based on the nature of the event, availability of funding, and programming requirements. 

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Allingham Arts Festival 2017: 9th-12th November

We are delighted to announce that the Allingham Festival 2017 will take between Thursday the 9th and Sunday the 12th of November in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. We'll keep you posted about the line-up via our website and Facebook. We have also launched our Open Call for any artists who may be interested in participating in this year's festival: www.allinghamfestival.com/open-call

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Notice: Festival Opening & Lecture in Abbey Arts Centre, Thurs. Nov. 3rd

The venue for the opening of the Allingham Festival and the Allingham Lecture on Thursday Nov. 3rd is the Abbey Arts Centre, not Dorrian's Hotel as is printed in some versions of the programme.

Join us in the Abbey Centre from 7pm for a wine reception. At 8pm, Tom Sigafoos will introduce a short preview of the weekend. After this, Olive Travers will speak about the Foróige Garden project. At 8.30, Valerie Cox will deliver the Allingham Lecture.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Anne Enright - the interview, with Sinéad Gleeson

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Here at the Allingham Festival HQ, we are very much looking forward to the public interview with Anne Enright, Man Booker prize winner and the first Laureate for Irish Fiction. Anne will be interviewed by RTÉ's Sinéad Gleeson in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 5th, at 3.30pm. Tickets are €10 - you can book your tickets now online, or pay at the door.

The Interview: According to Sinéad Gleeson, “...the discussion with Anne Enright will focus on The Green Road, her Laureateship, her previous novels (The Forgotten Waltz, The Gathering), her short stories, and the current state of Irish writing. We'll have plenty to talk about.”

Anne Enright has published novels, short stories, essays and non-fiction. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her novel 'The Gathering' won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and her novel 'The Green Road' was nominated for the Booker in 2015. She has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year. Her writing explores themes such as family relationships, love and sex, Ireland's difficult past and its modern zeitgeist.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. She currently presents The Book Show on RTE Radio One and was a reporter on the RTE Television arts show, The Works. She reviews books and writes arts features and interviews for The Irish Times, and is a regular critic on RTE Radio One’s Arena. Sinéad recently published 'The Glass Shore', an anthology of writing by women from the north of Ireland. Sinéad will read from this anthology as part of the Wild Atlantic Writers event in Nirvana Restaurant on Saturday.

Why not avail of our Limited Discounted Ticket Offer? This gives you admission to the Afric Mc Glinchey Poetry Workshop, the Literary Lunch in Nirvana, the Anne Enright interview and the Allingham Concert. There is only a small number of these tickets left. 

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Allingham 2016 Flash Fiction Winners

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Allingham 2016 Flash Fiction Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Allingham 2016 Flash Fiction competition, and well done to all who took part. 

 

First Place

'Wich' – Carly Holmes 

Second Place

'From Where I Was' – Una Mannion 

Third Place

'Collecting Stones' – Patrick Holloway 

 

Commended 

'A Rush of Indignation' – Kathryn Burke 

'Eating Letters' – Clodagh O'Brien 

'The Queen's Nose' – Patrick Holloway 

'Wafer-thin' – Clodagh O'Brien 

 

Shortlist 

'Bridezilla' – Patrick Talbot 

'Feather' – Clodagh O'Brien 

'Hello Dolly' – Kathryn Burke 

'Knocking on My Father's Door' – Patrick Holloway 

'The Hatchet' – Rosita Sweetman 

'The Sacrifice' – Rose Malone 

'To Thee We Send Up Our Sighs' – Niamh MacCabe 

'Travelling Light' – Patricia Bender

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