Derry-Londonderry

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women aloud logo blackDerry-Londonderry : Áras Cholmcille, 7pm-10pm, 8 March. [Event Coordinators : The Literary Ladies] Hosted by the Literary Ladies on behalf of Women Aloud NI, this event will be held in the historic surroundings of Áras Cholmcille, the heritage centre celebrating the city’s patron saint and founder. Some twenty women writers will gather in the atmospheric surroundings of the Long Tower Church and school to share and celebrate their work. Come along and join us for what promises to be a marvellous evening! [Readings will finish around 9pm and there will be a chance to network and socialise until 10pm] Readers include: Yvonne Boyle, Helen Clarke, Jenny Methven, Maura Johnston, Claire Savage, Lunatari Stargazer, Eimear O’Callaghan, Mel Bradley, Freya McClements, Felicity McCall, Lynne Edgar, Julieann Campbell, Jane Talbot, Claire Allan, Anne McMaster, Hilary McCollum. 

AUDIENCE ENTRY: £FREE *Both men and women welcome*
BOOKING: NOT REQUIRED
REFRESHMENTS: Saints and Scholars will open late, offering hot and cold refreshments and light snacks.
PARKING: Free car parking available on site and nearby.
READER SLOTS: NO READER SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE

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Limavady : Keady Clachan [hillside ceili house and community hub], 7.30pm onwards, 8 March [Event Co-ordinator : Annemarie Mullan] Join us for an intimate evening of song and verse! 

Last year the Keady Clachan hummed with the harmonies of members of the Glencolmcille Ladies Choir as the wood stove glowed into the wee small hours. Shadows flickered on the old stone walls of the  converted cow-shed as an inaugural Women Aloud NI evening of song and verse came to a close.

The words and many worlds ‎of Mary-Ellen Hayward, Deirdre Devine and Tina Burke from Limavady’s Jane Ross Writers’ Group alongside those of Maureen Hill and Annemarie Mullan from Belfast’s Shalom and Seamus Heaney Writing Groups,  Albina Mc Laughlin – a storyteller from middle Europe and America [now settled in Bellerena] – and the mother and daughter poets from Donegal’s Summer Palace Press  – Joan and Kate Newman – were all interspersed by melodies from Kate Crossan, Betty Harrigan, Rosie McCann and Peggy McAleer.

Women’s work, unwed mothers, fairy folk, selkies, shadows rising out of the darkness, loneliness, injuries, the famine, contraptions, young love, elegies, feisty girls and strong women were some of the themes lightly touched upon.

The atmosphere was warm and friendly and everyone had a good yarn with new friends. ‎The audience of local, Belfast, Derry and Donegal women enjoyed the usual hot fare with Peggy Mullan’s famous scones and a cup of tea – a light supper to keep the spirits up. The craic was mighty. Some of the audience sang. Others wanted to come back again with some poems they had written. Everyone wanted an invite to next year’s session.

Well, it’s that time again! As always, you are welcome to the Keady Clachan from 6.30pm onwards to have a chat and to warm the place up. As always , stew and tray-bakes and a decent cup of tea will be on offer. A donation to the Clachan for the grand hospitality of Joan McGandy would be appreciated and bed and breakfast will be on offer at £15 for the night.

ENTRY: £FREE BUT DONATIONS APPRECIATED
REFRESHMENTS: STEW, TRAYBAKES AND CUPS OF TEA A-PLENTY
BOOKING: ESSENTIAL
READER SLOTS: AVAILABLE – Women 
wishing to read their poems or prose should contact Annemarie Mullan *annemariemullantext@yahoo.co.uk‎* * Mob: 07736 520703*
MUSICIAN/SINGER SLOTS: AVAILABLE – Women wishing to bring their songs and music should contact Joan McGandy * 07756 408612*
B&B: £15 Contact Joan McGandy * 07756 408612*