The time of the Art: CÚIRT

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If you have walked Quay Street last weekend you may have noticed Tigh Neachtain has changed the facade. No, no, don’t worry, they are not going to close the pub and open a bookshop, it is just the International Festival of Literature, the CÚIRT is here again and Neachtain (and also Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop or Roisin Dubh) is one of the main sponsors of the festival.

With the slogan: After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world, the festival includes a week of events about literature and writers you should not miss.

The official opening will be this Wednesday in the Hotel Meyrick where President Michael D. Higgins will make it official at 6 15 pm, although the events start today, Tuesday.

And after the opening, in the Town Hall Theatre, 2 huge names in literature, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley will be reading and talking from 8 30 pm.

This is a wide festival, so better check the program with the different activities and times.

We can select just a couple of workshop, like the one in Hotel Meyrick next saturday 27th, with Stuart Neville (writer of The Twelve, of The Ghosts of Belfast, if you have bought the book in the United States). It is Crime writing, for 2 hours (10 to 12 am) a workshop about characters and plot, where you can learn how the two of them depend on each other and are constantly interrelated.

Also on Saturday, the Galway Arts Centre (47 Dominick Street) will be transformed into a creative space for young people. This event is ideal for young people interested in pursuing a creative career and exploring their potential across a wide variety of art forms. Emphasis will be placed on inventiveness, experimentation and imagination. Galway Arts Centre expects to welcome young Galwegians from 14 to 24 years of age for a day of experimentation, inspiration and discovery. The event runs from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm.

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