Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't miss - days 1 and 2 of Storytelling Southeast

Wednesday 26 September

John Ennis

5 pm - Bridge House - Gallery - €5
Acclaimed poet will read from Suibhne Geilt

Documentary by Nemeton TV

6 pm - Bridge House - Blue Box Basement - €5
A selection of documentary films produced by award winning production company 
Nemeton TV, showcasing the narrative of non-fiction film.

Opening Night with Ryland Teifi & Róisín Clancy, Niall de Búrca, Anna Coogan & Daniele Fiaschi

8 pm - Town Hall Theatre - €16
Festival favourites Ryland & Róisín will bring folk songs and stories followed by the most prolific Irish contemporary storyteller Niall de Búrca.
Closing the opening night event; Anna Coogan - "Coogan's singing style ... that like a log fire on a winter's evening warms the heart of the listener." Maurice Hope - Americana UK - September 2012

Thursday 27 September

Melina Coogan

5 pm - Bridge House - Gallery - €3
"Tales From the Wild" with Melina; blogger - adventurer - storyteller - explorer 

Armand G Ruffo

on Norval Morrisseau 
7 pm - Old Market House - €6
Interactive talk interlaced with poetry on Canada’s most influential visual artist
Norval Morrisseau
"He's a true genius in the art world and left a mark that will forever be remembered."
Paul Robinson - Toronto, Canada

Mark Roper & Eric Sweeney

8 pm - St.Mary’s Church of Ireland - €5
Fascinating artistic collaboration - poetry and church organ

Storytelling by Candle Light

8 pm - The Moorings / An Seanachaí / Bridie Dee's - free
An evening celebrating the traditional folklore and how stories were told.
Experience the age old tradition of the seanachaí in atmospheric pubs.

Friday, September 21, 2012

For our young audiences.... meet your favourite writers.

Sarah Webb

All these events are free.

Next week some of the young audience writers will be at the festival and host readings, workshops and meetings.

Judi Curtin
Thursday 27th September 2012
- 11 am, Tramore Library
- 4 pm, Dungarvan Library
- 6 pm, Eason Dungarvan - ADDITIONAL EVENT
Judi has a delightfully light touch and writes with deceptive simplicity. Best-selling author of the "Alice and Megan" series.
(Note - on one of the pages in the brochure the time for the library in Dungarvan is incorrect - it is 4 pm - come early as it will be crowded)

Maura Byrne
Friday 28th September 2012
- 4 pm, Dungarvan Library
"Bridget in Werewolf Rehab" is an absolute gem. Funny and clever. Maura returns to her home town to meet her readers.

Sarah Webb
Saturday 29th September 2012
- 11 am, Dungarvan Library
Sarah is a true storyteller and connects brilliantly with her audience. Her new book "Ask Amy Green; Dancing Daze" is just out.

Annabel Pitcher
Saturday 29th September 2012
- 2 pm, Dungarvan Library
Award winning author of "My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece" Annabel Pitcher will be visiting some schools on Friday and next host a reading and talk on Saturday. The Guardian referred to the book as "honesty you can cut with a knife".

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Storytelling Southeast at the Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre

Susan McKeown

4 gigs that surely will become memorable ... The Town Hall Theatre will again be Storytelling Southeast's intimate and atmospheric venue. Showcasing some of the most amazing talent and exploring the stories. Folk music, Americana, Poetry interpreted, Stories ...  This flagship venue offers the comfort of a studio theatre and invites people to immerse themselves in the narrative. "let the music take you"

Opening Night - Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 8 pm - Town Hall Theatre
Ryland Teifi & Róisín Clancy - Niall de Búrca - Anna Coogan & Daniele Fiaschi
"His (Niall de Búrca) ability to evoke a wide range of emotions from his rapt audience enables him to bewitch people with his stories and makes listening to him as well as watching him an unforgettable experience" VIENNA BOOK REVIEW

Celtic Connections - Friday 28th September 2012 at 8.30 pm - Town Hall Theatre
Gilles Servat with special guest Donnchadh Gough
Gilles Servat, singer-songwriter, extraordinary poet, one of the leaders of the Breton folk music movement, author, internationalist, .... Gifted with a rich, resonant, expressive voice, and an equally compelling gift for associating himself with the best in celtic music over the last thirty years... A unique show with Gilles as storyteller accompanied by Donnchadh Gough.

Celtic Connections - Sunday 30th September 2012 at 7 pm - Town Hall Theatre
Cécile Corbel - wonderful harpist and songwriter from Brittany. She wrote the critically acclaimed soundtrack for "Arrietty"

Closing Night - Sunday 30th September 2012 at 9 pm - Town Hall Theatre
Susan McKeown will be performing with Aidan Brennan, Seamie O'Dowd and Trevor Hutchinson.
Grammy Award Winner McKeown will perform songs from "Singing in the Dark" some sample reviews:
"She walks on the wild side of Gaelic melody." - BOSTON GLOBE
"If there’s some dividing line between Celtic traditionalism and eclectic contemporary songwriting, McKeown refuses to acknowledge it. And with a voice as warm, resonant and versatile as hers, why should she?" - THE OREGONIAN
"McKeown grabbed both song and audience by the throat, dragged them through heaven and hell and back again, and left the stage to the loudest applause heard all evening." - ROLLING STONE

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Festival Newsletter September 2012

Download: Festival Newsletter September 2012 (.pdf file)

Due to some minor technical problems, this issue has been somewhat delayed.

The pocket size festival brochure will be available this week. It's the ideal way to get a summary and a full overview. Browse events, plan a visit and share with friends.

Check online for more detailed information and all the background on artists and performers. Our website has some new features and a lot of additional content.

You can download a schedule from our programme page (pdf version). More details and handy tips will be posted as news items in the coming weeks.

Bridge House is now a vibrant artists community; we have 11 resident artists who have setup studio and are using this as there work place. During the festival studios will be open (at specific times) to the public and a selection of work will be exhibited in the gallery. Of course, Bridge House is also the festival's new home. Our information office opens on Wednesday 5 September. Daily from 10 to 1 and again from 3 to 6. On Saturdays from 1 to 5 and closed on Sunday.
Bo Mandeville, director

Festival Events

Annabel Pitcher will coach teens in a creative writing workshop

Liam Ó'Maonlaí; headline of the new Saturday Music Event by the stunning Lookout

Toireasa Rock will be our "resident coach" and help people to "speak to inspire" in the workshops

Gilles Servat; unique performance with storytelling and some of his best songs.

Judi Curtin will sign books in Eason's on Thursday 27 September at 5.30 pm

Become a Patron of Storytelling Southeast 2012

Are you passionate about supporting the arts and supporting this exciting venture? Talk to us about becoming a patron or friend of the festival.

Our patrons will enjoy a 20% discount on festival tickets, be invited to a unique post-festival celebration and enter the draw for a free crossing to France with Brittany Ferries.

Patrons and friends of the festival will be acknowledged online, on a poster at the key venues and in the regional press.
  • Business Patrons: €200
  • Individual Patrons: €100
  • Friends of the Festival: €50
Storytelling Southeast continues to develop and is becoming a key event on the annual cultural calendar.

This event needs the support of the local business community, of all people who are passionate about the arts and the cultural sector and all who want to promote the Southeast.

Pledge your support by contacting us at or call into the information office at Bridge House (Mon-Fri: 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6 pm / Sat: 1 pm - 5 pm)

We expect the 2nd edition to be even more successful than the inaugural event and have started planning for subsequent editions with the view to deliver to the highest artistic and production quality standards.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Radio Interview about Storytelling Southeast's Art Space - Bridge House

Listen: Interview About Our New Art Space (7 mins)

Bo Mandeville - Festival Director of Storytelling Southeast speaks to Ian Noctor of WLRfm about the development of Bridge House as an Arts Space for 10 resident artists. Bo also outlines some of the plans for the 2012 festival.
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