Photo: Chris Grayson
Surely someone recognizes someone in this old North Kerry school photo.
Ballybunion Golf Club
Women in Media 2016
This woman in media set out for Kilcooley's in Ballybunion with three amigos to sample the wares and to learn much about the latest in media.
We met up with Elizabeth Dunne, chair of Writers' Week and Mary Fagan whose voice is familiar to Radio Kerry listeners to her weekly Horizons programme.
We were treated to a very interesting symposium on the role of new media in The 2016 general election.
This young lady was the project manager of ALL of Rte's online coverage of the recent general election. She is frighteningly competent in the use and coordination of various social media apps and platforms in order to tell a story, and boys, oh boys, was she competent at bringing us the full story of GE2016.
Anyone who followed the election online will know that absolutely every twist and turn was brought to us, video profiles of candidates, vox pops from the man in the street in the various constituencies, graphs, charts and trends, live updates colour pieces, debates etc.etc.
Note down the name of this young lady. It is Patricia O'Callaghan. I predict a glittering future for her.
I must confess, I missed the performance of another young lady who everyone thought was brilliant on the night. She is Niamh Sweeney, Head of Public Policy on Facebook. If Patricia does not return one day as RTE Director General, Niamh will.
Hen Night Epiphany
This group from Athea brought us a lively night of drama in St. John's on Saturday April16 2016.
Magic in store at Listowel Writers' Week 2016
Read this from the press release and put Weds June 1 to Sunday June 5 2016 in your diary.
"Joining us at this year’s festival will be award-winning philosopher AC Grayling, novelists Joanne Harris, Louis de Bernieres, David Park, Lucy Caldwell, James Runcie and AL Kennedy. There will be readings from short story prizewinners, Danielle McLaughlin, William Wall, Anthony Glavin and Caitríona Lally. Also appearing are Pulitzer prize-winning poets Paul Muldoon and Gregory Pardlo, who will be travelling from New York to woo the Listowel audiences with their poetic vision. Other internationals attending are award-winning writers Jean Echenoz from France and Israel’s Savyon Liebrecht.
An innovative addition this year will see IMPAC Winning Dutch writer (and gardener) Gerbrand Bakker take a small group of lucky people to one of Listowel’s most beautiful spaces, the Garden of Europe, where he will talk about sense of place and the link between nature and writing.
Best-selling author Paula Byrne has just released a new book based on the life and times of Kick Kennedy, the forgotten sister of John F Kennedy – she will tell all on Friday 3rd June in Listowel and Richard Skinner who is directing our Novel Workshop on three mornings of the week will also be talking about his new book The Busby Babes with local award winning sports journalist Weeshie Fogarty."
Any information you need is at Listowel Writers' Week
If you are as excited as I am let them know. The conversation is started at #ListowelWW2016