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April 2018

A Fiction Reading with Bernie McGill and Beatrice Colin

14 April @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Vic Bar at the Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate
Glasgow, G1 5HB United Kingdom
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Free

Crossways: The Irish Scottish Cultural & Literary Festival 9th ~ 15th April 2018 ~ Merchant City, Glasgow Bernie McGill and Beatrice Colin will read from their work at this Crossways Festival event at the Vic Bar in the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Beatrice Colin is the author of the novel To Capture What We Cannot Keep, published in the US in 2016 by Flatiron Books as well as in the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Poland and the Czech Republic in 2017. She also wrote The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (published as The Glimmer Palace in the US) and The Songwriter. She has been shortlisted for a British Book Award, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award and writes short stories, screen and radio plays and for children. One of her children's novels, My Invisible Sister (with Sara Pinto) has been made into a film for TV by Disney in the US. Her novel for children, Pyrate's Boy is written under the name E.B. Colin and published by Floris Books. Beatrice is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Bernie McGill is the author of the novels The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and the…

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Stories Made Real, a One Day Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill at Ballyeamon Barn, Cushendall

22 April @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Ballyeamon Barn, 127 Ballyeamon Road, Cushendall
Ballymena, Antrim BT44 0QP United Kingdom
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£25

Ben Okri, in his essay 'The Joys of Storytelling'* has written about how important story has always been in our lives, how the great storytellers kept the darkness at bay from around the fire, how they made the stories real to their listeners. Too often we overlook the importance of concrete, everyday, ‘real' imagery in writing - we think we need to write about the exotic, about what is outside of our own experience, when what we need to do, I think, is examine our own lives, and see what we can use from that. A practical one-day workshop on the everyday craft of writing at the home of international storyteller Liz Weir. All levels of experience welcome. Come prepared to write. Cost includes lunch at the barn. To book please contact Liz Weir liz@lizweir.net *published in A Way of Being Free (Phoenix, London, 2002)

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An Expert’s Guide to Promoting your Book: Mindshift at Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

28 April @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within
LONDONDERRY, BT48 6PU United Kingdom
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€28

The key to being a commercially successful writer is learning how to get yourself and your book the exposure it deserves. Writers are often responsible for attracting their own audience and it is through the power of publicity that the media, and more importantly readers, will become attracted to your work. Join Mary Byrne (PR Director, Harper Collins Ireland), Patricia Hamilton (Director of the Aspects Festival), Michelle Mac Mullan (Senior News Anchor, Newstalk) and Bernie McGill (author of The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet), during this highly practical, one-day series where they will discuss their own experiences with publicity and offer advice on gaining recognition in the industry. All sessions will allow for Q&A. Running Order 10.30 – 11.40 | Patricia Hamilton, Director of the Aspects Festival, offers insight into how to connect with relevant curators and organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. 11.50 – 1.00 | Bernie McGill, author of The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet shares her experiences of working with publishers and publicists as well as navigating the highs and lows of self-promotion. 1.00 – 2.00 | Lunch 2.00 – 3.10 | Mary Byrne, PR Director at Harper Collins Ireland, will discuss book promotion from a publishers perspective including how publishers aim to achieve maximum impact…

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English PEN readings at Hillsborough

29 April @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Market Room, The Courthouse, Hillsborough, The Square
Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6AG United Kingdom
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Free

In solidarity of writers who are in prison or otherwise at risk around the world, five Northern Irish writers will read from the work of some of the incredible individuals supported by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme. The event will be introduced by Hannah Trevarthen, Events and Development Manager at English PEN. English PEN supports the freedom to write and the freedom to read in the UK and around the world. 

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Small Town Stories with Joshua Burnside, Damian Smyth & Bernie McGill

29 April @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Market Room, The Courthouse, Hillsborough, The Square
Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6AG United Kingdom
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£7

This very special evening of words and music features three artists of exceptional talent presenting poetry, songs and story on the theme of small town living. This will be an intimate and memorable performance not to be missed. Joshua Burnside was born in Ireland, but cites the music of Colombia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sound. Deftly blending folk textures and melodies with elements of electronica, he has made it difficult for pundits to put him in a box. Bernie McGill’s novel, The Watch House, was published in 2017 by Tinder Press. She is also the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and The Butterfly Cabinet. 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 2008. Damian Smyth’s five collections are Downpatrick Races (2000), The Down Recorder(2004), Lamentations (2010), Market Street (2010) and Mesopotamia (2014). English Street is due later this year. He is Head of Literature & Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This event is part of the first ever Hillsborough…

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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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