Three day Readers’ Symposium in Ballinamore

Litrature will be used as a bridge to cross border differences at the first three day Readers’ Symposium to be held in Ballinamore from August 2-4.

Litrature will be used as a bridge to cross border differences at the first three day Readers’ Symposium to be held in Ballinamore from August 2-4.

The massive event as part of ‘Dialogues through Litrature’ programmet was launched last night, Tuesday, July 17 by well known Irish author Belinda McKeon in Ballinamore Library.

The event will see cross border bookclub members, readers and authors converge at Sean O’Heslin GAA Park, Ballinamore from around Leitrim, Cavan, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The Readers’ Symposium programme places an eclectic mix of acclaimed authors from (or with connections) the north and south of the border, on a shared platform. This three day event which will take place in a large marquee presents a wonderful opportunity for rural and border readers to hear authors and writers read and talk about their work as well as have the opportunity to discuss literary themes and approaches.

The project is hosted by Sean O Heslin’s GAA, as part of its own community engagement and outreach programme and will take place at Páirc Sheáin Uí Eslin, Railway Road, Ballinamore. The project was initiated by the Club’s Secretary, Paddy Connaughton and he along with Sean O’Suilleabhain, Club PRO for Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslin’s was involved in developing the initial idea for the project.

In launching the programme, Seán stated that “the project will be running two Symposiums and we are pleased that so many award winning authors have agreed to come on board to support the project; and so we are delighted to launch and open up this debut programme to the wider reading public.”

This unique event hopes to connect people across the border, open up parts of the border area and culturally specific venues, as a place for people from different community backgrounds to meet, as well as providing participants with an opportunity to meet and discuss shared cultural interests - that of books, and literature.

The event includes presentations by DBC Pierre, Christine Dwyr Hickey, Re O Laigheis, Susan McKay Mary O’Donnell and Theo Dorgan. They will discuss writtings but also the influence of the border, sport and rural life on their work.

Readers interested in attending the Symposium are invited to contact Caroline McCartin at Ballinamore Library on (071) 9645546 to register for one or all of the day programmes. Registration is essential and must be completed no later than July 19.