Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Calling all curious visitors!

On Saturday, December 5th 's Open Day, IWC's big navy door will be wide open so that curious people can come in and have a look at our building.

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to discover what actually goes on at the Centre. The idea behind the event is to promote the courses and activities that take place here.

There are numerous literary activities planned for the day. The day starts at noon with Tiger Tales, a cosy get-together at our reception room table. Over mugs of tea and coffee, participants are invited to share their favourite poem or short story.

At one o'clock, Eileen Casey and Keiran Furey will give a free reading. Both writers have won numerous awards for their poetry and prose.

There will be an informal creative writing hour called The Rag and Bone Shop after a W. B. Yeats poem. This informal workshop starts at 3 pm and is led by the interns. We promise to get your creative juices flowing.

At 4 pm, Jack Harte, accomplished prose writer and IWC chairman, will give a short talk about the Centre, its history and its future. One of our tutors will also talk about the merits of creative writing courses.
Catherine Morris, IWC's writer-in-residence, will give a presentation on Alice Milligan at quarter to five. Morris is writing a book about the Irish poet and her research will be displayed in our illustrious reading room.

In the evening, there are two final activities: an open mike at 5 pm and a table quiz at 7 pm. Anyone is welcomed to take the podium for the open mike. Teams of four are needed for the literary table quiz. There are some great prizes to win: the top prize being a bundle of new shiny books from Easons.

Open Day is jam-packed with things to do, but people don't have to be super keen to enjoy the day. Everyone is invited to browse the library and inspect our art collection.

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