2022 Storytelling Festival Programme

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Fighting Words
Bryan MacMahon
Sonny Egan

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH

FIGHTING WORDS STORYTELLING WORKSHOP – 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM

Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing and creating stories. In this workshop participants will create an original story and produce their own ‘book’ with the support of our volunteer mentors and illustrators.

Free Admission (For local primary schools – must be booked in advance)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

THE STORY THAT WAS NEVER TOLD – 12 NOON TO 1.30 PM

Award winning storyteller Maria Gillen will create an exciting group space to explore the co-creation of story based in the Bean Feasa and traditional strengths of Irish Storytelling.

Free Admission (For local active retirement groups – must be booked in advance)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

RIVERS OF WORDS: BRYAN MACMAHON – 3 TO 4 PM

A screening of the acclaimed documentary on Bryan MacMahon – The Master & Storyman – master of imagination and of storied Listowel. Produced by the North Kerry Literary Trust. Introduction by series producer Jimmy Deenihan.

Free Admission (Limited seating – must be booked in advance)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

THE RAMBLING SESSIONS PRESENTS SONNY EGAN – 8.30 TO 10 PM

The Rambling Sessions is a new weekly programme at Kerry Writers’ Museum featuring a selection of Kerry’s finests storytellers, poets, musicians and singers It celebrates the old Irish tradition of the Rambling House where people gathered to entertain themselves through music, song, story and dance to pass the long nights before the era of modern technology.
Fresh from his All-Ireland win at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, acclaimed North Kerry storyteller Sonny Egan will entertain the audience with his unique storytelling style and powerful accordian playing. With special guest Rian Gleeson, winner of the under12 All-Ireland storytelling competition.

Free Admission
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

RESILIENCE THROUGH STORY – 10 TO 11.30 AM

A storytelling workshop focusing on the power of story to encapsulate resilience. Led by Maria Gillen, participants will get an opportunity to share their stories and life experiences, which will be woven into original stories.

Free Admission (For Youthreach groups in Kerry – must be booked in advance)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

VIEWPOINTS ART WORKSHOP – 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM

Viewpoints is a touring exhibition commissioned by the Glucksman Gallery, UCC to respond to various themes within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this workshop participants will explore these themes through the creation of stories influenced by each artwork.

Free Admission (For local primary schools – must be booked in advance)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

LUNCHTIME YARNS – 1.30 TO 2.30 PM

Storytellers Paddy Regan and Sean Lyons take absolutely no responsibility for tears shed, sides split or fits of laughter suffered during this hilarious session of stories and verse. Includes tea & scones.

Tickets: €5
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

SCÉAL NA mBAN – 5 TO 6 PM

Some of the finest female storytellers from the island of Ireland will entertain with traditional tales celebrating the women of Ireland. Featuring Liz Weir, Maria Gillen and Godfrey Coppinger.

Tickets: €5
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

STORY THROUGH SONG – 8 TO 10 PM

Storytelling extends far beyond the spoken word. Some of our most memorable stories, from epic battles to village incidents to personal tales find expression and are often immortalised in song. Listen as Paddy Regan, in more reflective mode, is taken by five accomplished singer/songwriters through the creative elements of the song writing process as they perform their “stories through song”. He will be joined on stage by Micky MacConnell, Ger Wolfe, Cormac O Caoimh, Hank Wedel and Lorraine Nash. This is a rare opportunity to experience the art, craft and genius of the singer/songwriter at work.

Tickets: €15
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

STORIES & POETRY AT CHRISTYS – 10.30 to 11.45 PM

Want to strut your stuff ? Sean Lyons, storyteller and author of humourous verse will be your Fear an Tí for this event. Sean is the most warm, witty and genial of hosts, whether you be a shy debutante or seasoned veteran. And there’s no doubt he’ll have a verse or two to perform himself. This ‘Open-Mic’ session in Christy’s Bar is open to story, song and poem from folks of all persuasions who have a yen to perform in front of an audience. The session never fails to surprise, delight and entertain.

Free Admission
Venue: Christy’s The Well Bar

Viewpoints Exhibition
Paddy Regan
Story through Song
The Garden of Europe
Liz Weir & Cormac O'Caoimh
Frances Kennedy Storyteller
Storytelling Gala Concert

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH

STORY WALK – 10 AM to 12 NOON

Our story walk led by local historian and storyteller Owen McMahon will take us along the banks of the majestic River Feale as it winds its way around the town. Along the way we will hear stories and songs of our great local writers as well as stories from guest storyteller Joe Brennan. The walk will take us through the Garden of Europe with its unique Holocaust Memorial and through the woods of Gurtinard.

Tickets – €5
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME – 10.30 TO 11.30 AM

Storytellers Godfrey Coppinger & Maria Credali will enthral children with stories of myth and magic.

Free Admission
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP – 12.30 TO 2.30 PM

Liz Weir MBE with her long years experience and vast knowledge of storytelling on an international stage will deliver a storytelling workshop leaning on her life’s work of storytelling.

Tickets – €25
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP – 12.30 TO 2.30 PM

Directed by Cormac O Caoimh the workshop will explore the different methods and approaches to writing a song with tips on lyric writing and music composition (even if you can’t play an instrument)

Tickets – €25
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

STORYTELLING AT JOHN Bs – 3.30 TO 5.30 PM

Billy Keane is your Fear an Tí for the friendliest and funniest open-mic story session in John B. Keane’s famous hostelry. First-time tellers and seasoned veterans are welcome to inspire and entertain, intrigue and intone.

Free Admission
Venue: John B. Keane’s Bar

STORYTELLING GALA CONCERT – 8 TO 10 PM

Acclaimed poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice is your Fear an Tí for ‘the jewel in the crown’ of our annual festival. Our visiting and local storytellers will deliver their best stories for your enjoyment, with musical entertainment by some of Ireland’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. Featuring Maria Gillen, Liz Weir, Joe Brennan, Maria Credali, Frances Kennedy, Mickey MacConnell, Ger Wolfe and Lorraine Nash.

Tickets – €15
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

STORY SWAP IN FINUGE – 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM

Teach Siamsa has long been a focal point for the Sean McCarthy Memorial weekend which celebrates the best of Irish Ballads and Storytelling on the last weekend of July each year. Bean an Tí Frances Kennedy will lead us in an ‘open-mic’ gathering to celebrate all that is nourishing about our storytelling tradition.

Free Admission
Venue: Teach Siamsa, Finuge

SLÁN ABHAILE SESSION – 2.30 TO 5.30 PM

We bid farewell to Listowel International Storytelling Festival 2022 in an informal afternoon of storytelling, traditional Irish music, song and dance hosted by our Rambling House Fear an Tí Johnny McElligott.

Free Admission (Donation)
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

Teach Siamsa
Rambling House

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