Every year the annual Culture Night in Ireland is a celebration of the arts, and showcases the spectrum of talent working across various media in the country.
Venues and public spaces open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. This year it’s taking place on Friday, 20 September 2019.
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway is a legendary location for readers, and dangerous for the wallet. It’s rare that I can go in and come out without some new treasure. In particular, I’ve stocked my reference section rather well from picking through its many shelves.
As part of Culture Night they’re hosting a ‘Readings, Radio, Recital and Art‘ event from 6pm – 9pm,
Encompassing, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and in any language, authors will read a short selection from their books. Concurrent with the event Galway Bay FM’s Arts Show will broadcast live from the bookshop, with iconic presenter Vinnie Browne presenting an evening of live interviews and news, recitals, performances and sessions, drawn from the city’s entire Culture Night programme
Also featured (at 8.15pm) is Dreams of Caroline, a piano recital and exhibition by Galway based Catalan artist Rosio R Grau, a contemporary imaging of O ‘Carolan’s timeless Irish melodies.
As part of the event I’ll be reading from my new collection, The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), early on in the proceedings – it will be a quick snippet since there is a lot of people attending. It should be a lively evening and I’m very much looking forward to hearing the work by fellow Galwegian creators.