Sunday, 14 September 2014

Allingham Arts Festival 2014

This year, the Allingham Arts Festival in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal runs from 6th-9th November 2014. It has a website and a facebook page with programme details, and there are lots of differing events across the four days on the theme of Creativity Across Borders. To name but a few, there is a literary evening on Saturday 8th with Theo Dorgan, Paul Lynch, Donal Ryan, Winifred  McNulty, and the Poetry Divas. For those interested in workshops, there are a diverse range including poetry, creative writing, animation, felt making and epublishing.

I'm proud to say that I won the Allingham Arts Festival Short Story Competition in 2011 with a story called With Matchsticks Not Money (now published  at The Linnet's Wings, Winter 2013). And this year again, they are running a number of adult and child art and writing competitions. See their competition page for full details. There are free to enter children's poetry, fiction and art competitions with the deadline 10th October 2014 (primary and secondary school). And, adult poetry and flash fiction competitions with a deadline 30th September 2014. The judges for the adult flash and poetry competitions are Donal Ryan and Monica Corish.

I must say, there are plenty of opportunities and events for all age groups - a real community effort.

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