Archive for the ‘arts’ category

Books in The Park: The Podcast

June 21, 2007

Books in the ParkDun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Library are certainly innovative in their approach to promoting literacy.  Next Saturday they present a unique opportunity to meet authors “in the flesh” – and in the open air – at Books in the Park, which will feature 10 well-known writers at a family fun day in Cabinteely Park.

In a further innovation, the Library will use this event to pilot the use of podcasting as a means of extending their reach in the community.  The event will be recorded by the award-winning podcast company Edgecast Media, who will produce two programmes featuring highlights of the afternoon’s events, for distribution on the internet and playback on computers, iPods, or other mobile devices.

Both adult’s and children’s authors will take part in simultaneous events from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.  Weather permitting these will be held outdoors, otherwise they will move indoors to Cabinteely House.

For the adults there is crime author Paul Carson, Jacinta McDevitt, Robert Dunbar, Sarah Webb and Marisa Mackle, while children will be entertained by Don Conroy, Joe O’Brien, Derek Landy (of The Skeleton Detective fame) Oisín McGann and Aisling O’Loughlin. There will also be face-painters, henna artists, magicans, jugglers and balloons for the young and young at heart! The fun starts at 2.30pm, and continues until 4.30pm. Admission is free and no booking is required. All welcome to this unique library event in the great outdoors!

The Third Pig Detective Agency

April 30, 2007

Several months ago, when I wrote a column about social networking resources for writers, I had help from one such author.  My friend Bob Burke writes children’s fiction and he’s given me a real insight into the world of the aspiring novelist.

It’s no surprise that it’s an ideal building ground for an online social network.  The best site Bob has found is supported by the Arts Council of England and it’s called YouWriteOn.Com.

Described as “X-Factor for books”, the homepage explains:

The YouWriteOn premise is simple: you review and rate another members opening chapters or short story and then your opening chapters are sent randomly to another member to review and rate.

Top rated chapters are referred for consideration to affiliated leading literary agencies including The Christopher Little Literary Agency and Curtis Brown, whose authors include J.K. Rowling, Ed McBain, David Lodge and Margaret Atwood.

As Bob explains it, members contribute reviews of each others work and, in so doing, make their own work eligible for review.  The real value is the opportunity of professional feedback from experts such as Michael Legat, who reviewed Bob’s chapters after his peers had voted them to the top of the monthly chart.

Bob’s submission to YouWriteOn.Com is a story for pre-teens which recounts the continuing adventures of the clever hero of “The Three Little Pigs”.  What happens after “happily ever after”?  How does a clever pig make a living in day-to-day Grimmtown?

It was another slow day in the office. Actually, it had been a slow week in the office. No, if the truth be known, it had been a lousy month for the Third Pig Detective Agency. That’s me by the way: Harry Pigg, the Third Pig. Where did the name come from? Well, I was the pig that built the house out of bricks while my idiot brothers took the easy route and went for cowboy builders and cheap materials. Let me tell you, wood and straw ain’t much use when Mr. Wolf comes calling. Those guys were pork-chop as soon as he drew in his first breath and filled those giant lungs of his. Blow your house down, indeed. (more…)

Arts & Literature Blogs Appeal

November 28, 2006

I’m looking for some help.

As you may have gathered, I’m most definitely on the geek side of the blogopolis. Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate the arts, but I feel that my own resources are somewhat deficient when it comes to researching radio reports on the subject.

The final two weeks of An Lionra Soisialta will include reports on the following themes:
Week 11 – The Arts (also Education) (beginning 2 Dec)
Week 12 – Literature and Publishing (beginning 9 Dec)

If any of you can offer any links to your favourite social network resources (especially blogs) on these subjects, it would be greatly appreciated. You can leave a comment here, or email Fiona Ni Cheirin, An Lionra Soisialta’s Chief Reporter: fiona dot nicheirin at gmail dot com.