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September 2017

Launch of The Watch House at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

21 September @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road
PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland BT55 7HU United Kingdom
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Launch of The Watch House by Bernie McGill, in conversation with Eimear O'Callaghan, author of Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary. In association with the John Hewitt Society. Admission free but please reserve a place by phoning Flowerfield at the number provided, or email reception@flowerfield.org.

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Aspects Festival, Bangor, with David Park and Malachi O’Doherty

24 September @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
North Down Museum, Town Hall, The Castle
Bangor, BT20 4BT United Kingdom
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£8

Reading from The Watch House with David Park, author of The Truth Commissioner and The Poets' Wives, introduced by writer and broadcaster Malachi O'Doherty. An Aspects Festival event.

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October 2017

In Conversation with Jan Carson at No Alibis Bookshop, Belfast

17 October @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
No Alibis Bookshop, 83 Botanic Avenue
BELFAST, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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£5

Reading from The Watch House, in conversation with Jan Carson, author of Malcolm Orange Disappears and Children's Children. A Belfast International Festival event. Book here for the event. Watch the book trailer, filmed on Rathlin. ‘Beautiful and lyrical, tender and fierce; one of those rare novels, with the power to break you clean in two.’ Guinevere Glasfurd, author of the Costa shortlisted The Words in My Hand. ‘McGill writes about life, love and telegraphy with a poet’s clarity’ The Sunday Times ‘McGill proves once again she is a masterful storyteller . . . historical fiction at its absolute best’ The Lady ‘A novel to haunt you’ Sunday Mirror ‘Totally absorbing and full of unexpected twists’ Sunday Business Post 'Endlessly intriguing and exhilarating' Dublin Review of Books ‘An evocative novel that’s brimming with suspense… reels you in and keeps a grip on you until the very end’ The Incubator ‘ assured style and eye for detail make The Watch House a pleasure to read, a fast-paced tale that rarely flags, with a complex and beguiling heroine at the helm’ Irish Times ‘Hard to put down, this atmospheric book will stay with you long after the final heart-rending denouement, setting McGill firmly into the…

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‘Between the Lights’ Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill

28 October @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street
Limavady, BT49 0FJ United Kingdom
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£22 - £25

The Celtic Festival of Samhain traditionally marks the end of the lighter half and the beginning of the darker half of the year. It was believed that at this time, the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through. As we head into the darker weeks of the year, this one-day writing workshop will use as its theme that idea of passing between the lights. Open to all from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and prosers alike, the workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises throughout the day. Maximum numbers 12. (One hour break for lunch. Lunch not provided.) To book, phone: 028 7776 0650 or email: information@rvacc.co.uk

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November 2017

Belfast Launch of Female Lines, Crescent Arts Centre

1 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
BELFAST, BT7 1NH United Kingdom
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Free

In 1985, The Female Line: Northern Irish Women Writers was published, edited by Ruth Carr. A pioneering anthology at the time, it gave many Northern Irish women writers their first opportunity for publication. Now, over thirty years later, Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland – a stunning mosaic of work by some of the best contemporary women writers from Northern Ireland – acts as both a new staging post and a sequel to its vibrant feminist predecessor. Trans-genre in contents and including both experienced and newer women writers, this landmark anthology features women writers playing with different modes, forms, and innovations – from magical realism and surrealism to humour and multi-perspective narratives – and celebrates fiction, poetry, drama, essays, life writing, and photography. It considers how much has changed or stayed the same in terms of scope and opportunity for women writers and for women more generally in Northern Irish society (and its diaspora) in the post-Good Friday Agreement era. Northern Irish women’s writing is going from strength to strength and this anthology captures its current richness and audacity. Edited by Linda Anderson and Dawn Sherratt-Bado and featuring work by: Linda Anderson, Jean Bleakney, Maureen Boyle, Colette Bryce,…

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In conversation with Carlo Gébler at Dublin Book Festival

5 November @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar
Dublin 8, Ireland
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Free

Author Carlo Gébler hosts an event which will explore the crucial narrative element of developing a sense of place during the writing process. He will be joined by Billy O’Callaghan, author of short stories and his first novel The Dead House (The O’Brien Press), comic strip writer Arja Kajermo – who is debuting her novel The Iron Age (Tramp Press), Bernie McGill, author of The Watch House (Headline) and Ciaran McMenamin, a stage and screen actor who is introducing his first novel Skintown (Doubleday Ireland). Together the authors will discuss and share their keen insights on effectively establishing a strong theme of place throughout their work, and how doing so enriched their storytelling. Free event. Booking advised. Book here. IN ASSOCIATION WITH BELFAST BOOK FESTIVAL

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Dublin Launch of Female Lines, Irish Writers’ Centre

7 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square
DUBLIN, Ireland
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Free

In 1985, The Female Line: Northern Irish Women Writers was published, edited by Ruth Carr. A pioneering anthology at the time, it gave many Northern Irish women writers their first opportunity for publication. Now, over thirty years later, Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland – a stunning mosaic of work by some of the best contemporary women writers from Northern Ireland – acts as both a new staging post and a sequel to its vibrant feminist predecessor. Trans-genre in contents and including both experienced and newer women writers, this landmark anthology features women writers playing with different modes, forms, and innovations – from magical realism and surrealism to humour and multi-perspective narratives – and celebrates fiction, poetry, drama, essays, life writing, and photography. It considers how much has changed or stayed the same in terms of scope and opportunity for women writers and for women more generally in Northern Irish society (and its diaspora) in the post-Good Friday Agreement era. Northern Irish women’s writing is going from strength to strength and this anthology captures its current richness and audacity. Edited by Linda Anderson and Dawn Sherratt-Bado and featuring work by: Linda Anderson, Jean Bleakney, Maureen Boyle, Colette Bryce,…

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