Autumn History Lectures

Listowel & District Historical Society presents a series of lectures during the month of October as follows:

Thursday October 5th – Great Famine in Listowel & North Kerry by Bryan MacMahon

Based on his recently published book, Bryan’s lecture will focus on human stories rather than statistics as he depicts the unprecedented events, upheavals and challenges of the famine years through the eyes of those who were there and reveals information which has lain hidden and untapped for 170 years.

Wednesday October 18th – Tim Enright: Forgotten Man of Listowel Letters

With Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael DeMordha, Vincent Carmody & Martin Moore

We remember Listowel born Tim Enright, socialist and translator of the Great Blasket Island writers including Tomás Ó Crohan & Michael O Guiheen. The story of the Drumboe Massacre in which four anti-treaty IRA volunteers, including Enright’s uncle Daniel were shot dead in 1923, will also be recounted.

Tuesday October 24th – Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers by Michael Smith

From the early 19th century discovery of Antarctica to the Heroic Age of the 20th century, Irishmen played a major role in almost every noteworthy episode of Antarctic exploration. These included the enigmatic Edward Bransfield from Cork who was the first person to sight the continent and pioneering Francis Crozier from Banbridge, who first mapped Antarctica. The 20th heroes like Crean and Shackleton are now well known, but lesser known Irishman like Keohane, Forde and the McCarthy brothers have incredible stories to tell. Michael Smith, the only writer to recount Ireland’s pivotal role in early Antarctic exploration, tells the fascinating and many unfamiliar stories about an overlooked chapter in Irish history.

All Lectures commence at 8 pm

Admission – €5.00

Biography Writing Workshop – October 22nd

Biography Writing Workshop – October 22nd

This one day Biography Writing workshop, directed by Polar exploration expert Michael Smith will incorporate finding the right subject, tips & traps of research, agent or no agent?, writing a synopsis for a publisher, the importance of presentation, locating pictures & maps, understand the minefield of copyright, tips on writing styles, the use of quotations and compiling a biography. Michael will also provide a brief and strictly confidential appraisal of any individual ideas for non-fiction books which participants wish to discuss.  The workshop will take place on Sunday October 22nd from 10 am to 3 pm.

Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration whose nine books have generated combined sales of over 250,0000.  His best-selling biography of Tom Crean, An Unsung Hero, has sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide and cast new light on Ireland’s significant role in early Polar exploration. He has appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many literary festivals in Ireland, including Writers’ Week Listowel, Cúirt, West Cork Literary Festival, Mountains to Sea Festival Dublin, Eigse and the Ennis Book Festival. Michael has also spoken at many prestigious venues, including:  National Library of Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge.   Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian and The Observer.

Workshop Fee – €50 (includes light lunch)

The Story Frog

The Story Frog

The Story Frog sessions take place every Wednesday from 11 am to 12 noon. The Story Frog is an original phonics and literacy preschool class which aims to support parents and caregivers in teaching their children early reading and writing skills through play.  Classes are imaginative, exciting and provide children with awe and wonder experiences through glitter filled, fun and inspiring activities.

Price – €7 per child per session drop in or book in advance. Sibling discount €10 for a child plus a sibling.

About the teacher: Maria

As a mum of 2 children I understand how essential it is to stimulate growth & development from a young age. Incorporating my lifelong passion for Books & Crafting, I am delighted to be introducing The Story Frog, both educational & fun way to learn Phonics ,as well empowering parents to aid there child in developing the skills………….LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!