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May 2018

Fishing for Words: A Creative Writing Workshop on Rathlin Island

31 May @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Manor House, Rathlin Island County Antrim BT54 6RT United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

A creative writing workshop led by Bernie McGill for participants aged 16+.  No previous experience required. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write and share your work in the surroundings of the beautiful Manor House on Rathlin Island. Numbers are limited so please phone the Manor House (028 2076 0046) to ensure a place. Here's the ferry timetable between Ballycastle and Rathlin. Bernie McGill is the author of The Watch House, a novel set on Rathlin Island at the time of the Marconi wireless experiments in 1898. Watch the book trailer, filmed on Rathlin for a taster of the island. Bernie will read from The Watch House, in conversation with writer and filmmaker Margot McCuaig in St. Thomas' Church on Rathlin Island at 7pm on 31st May. For full updates on the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which takes place this year from Friday 25th May to Sunday 3rd June, and to be in with a chance of winning return ferry travel from Ballycastle and a voucher for The Manor House, sign up for the newsletter here. Results on Saturday 19th May 2018.

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In Conversation with Margot McCuaig at Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

31 May @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St Thomas’ Church, Rathlin Island County Antrim United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The Watch House, a novel set on Rathlin in the years of Marconi’s early wireless experiments is a gripping story about the power of words to connect us, and the power of suspicion to drive us apart.  Author Bernie McGill reads from her book, and joins in conversation with Margot McCuaig, writer, filmmaker and Rathlin resident in part-time exile in Scotland. For full updates on the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which takes place this year from Friday 25th May to Sunday 3rd June, and to be in with a chance of winning return ferry travel from Ballycastle and a voucher for The Manor House, sign up for the newsletter here. Results on Saturday 19th May 2018. Ferry timetable between Ballycastle and Rathlin here. Accommodation on Rathlin here. Bernie will be taking a writing workshop at the Manor House on Thursday 31st May from 2pm-4pm. Free admission but places are limited. To book phone The Manor House on 028 2076 0046.  

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June 2018

Belfast Book Festival Meet the Author: Bernie McGill

6 June @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Books, Paper, Scissors, 15 Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5AF United Kingdom
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Free

Bernie McGill is one of Northern Ireland’s most respected authors and following the May 2018 launch of The Watch House in paperback, come along and join in the conversation led by BBC’s Helen Mark. Focusing on her career to date and the recent inspiration and setting for The Watch House, Rathlin Island, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the author in an informal and relaxed session at Books, Paper, Scissors bookshop. Bernie McGill studied English and Italian at QUB and graduated with a Masters degree in Irish Writing. She has written for theatre (The Weather Watchers, The Haunting of Helena Blunden), novels, The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. Her short fiction has been nominated for numerous awards and in 2008 she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Short Fiction Award in the US. Her work has been anthologised in award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and in Female Lines. She is a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s inaugural ACES (Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme) Award in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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Sue Hubbard & Bernie McGill at Belfast Book Festival

13 June @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
BELFAST, BT7 1NH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8

Sue Hubbard and Bernie McGill arrive at this year's festival with two novels that have garnered rave reviews from every corner.  Tonight they will read from Rainsongs and The Watch House. Sue Hubbard’s Rainsongs conjures the rugged beauty of County Kerry’s coastline and the inner landscapes of its characters in richly poetic and painterly language. It unfolds as a compelling tale of grief, art, and the fragile, quiet ways in which time and place can offer a measure of redemption. In Bernie McGill’s The Watch House, during the summer of 1898, on the small Irish island of Rathlin strangers have arrived from the mainland, laden with mysterious radio equipment. When native Nuala Byrne is sent to cook for the Italian engineer Gabriel, she becomes enthralled by the world of knowledge that he brings from beyond her own narrow horizons. It is  a gripping novel, beautiful and lyrical, tender and fierce. Book at Belfast Book Festival.

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On the Same Page with Sheena Wilkinson & Bernie McGill

16 June @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
BELFAST, BT7 1NH United Kingdom
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£60

A day-long intensive fiction writing and editing workshop for committed writers facilitated by two of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed fiction writers. Come prepared to write, share your work and learn how to take your skills to the next level. From the first spark of inspiration to sending your work out into the world, Bernie and Sheena will guide you through the process, drawing on their own experiences in publishing and offering practical advice for the submission process. The day will be broken down as follows: 10.00am  – 1.00 pm SPARK Generating ideas 2.00pm – 4.00pm SHAPE Editing techniques 6.00pm – 8.00pm SEND Outlets and advice on submission To book go to On the Same Page at the Belfast Book Festival.   About the tutors Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet (named in 2012 by Downton creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year). Her work has been placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Prizes and she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Award in the US in 2008.…

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