By Rose Byrne
On Friday the 4th of July the Hermitís Collective are holding an evening of poetry, prose, art, music and short film at Charlestown Arts Centre at 6 pm. Admission is free. This is a pop-up show for one night only.
The Hermitís Collective, are a recently formed group of writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians who travel around different venues across the country. A mixed bunch of creatives they offer a wide selection of works showcasing whatís on offer in the arts in the west of Ireland.
The group is the brain-child of Jessamine O'Connor, a Dublin born poet now living on the Sligo/Roscommon border. She has been successful in numerous competitions and published widely. Her poems examine a wide range of topics including war, love, technology and humanity. Her latest book, "A Skyful of Kites," has just been released. Her collection of poetry, "Hellsteeth" which was published last year was funded by an arts bursary from Roscommon Arts Centre.
When asked where the inspiration came from to form such a group she said, "The idea came to me one morning over coffee. I thought of the name first, Hermit Collective. Since I know a lot of hermits, or wannabe hermits, who are all extremely creative individuals I thought we should get together and do something."
Conscious of rural dwellers, Jessamine decided to take the show on the road. In so doing, the performances will be available to a wider audience. The group had their very first outing on 1st of May in Boyle library, County Roscommon. The show was a huge success. The room was packed to capacity and people were standing in the hallway to listen. Jessamine and all the artists involved were delighted with the turn out and reaction from the audience.
As the next event is being held in a bigger venue, Charlestown Arts Centre, there will be more scribes and artists offering a whole, new show from the last one. Considering such a wide variety of the written word and music will be performed on the night it is sure to appeal to a host of different tastes.
Some of the musicians who will be playing on Friday night
Anyone even remotely interested in works of art are in for a treat. There will be numerous paintings, photographs, batik art, textile art and sculptures on display. The short film is well represented with a film by Roisin Loughrey, which was a finalist for the HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT FILMS AWARD in Dublin. It is about Tom Meskell, an artist from the group. The film revolves around patients in The Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo with acquired brain injuries. Tom Meskill facilitates an art class where he says "Moments of magic happens," with the patients as they tap into their creative side with Tomís encouragement and guidance. The other short film is an animated music video by Paul Thurlow.
The art of the short story is thriving among the story tellers of the group, many of whom are published while others are well on their way. They will draw you into their story worlds with real life characters and well-crafted pieces that will amuse or sometimes cause a tear to well up.
If verse is your preferred piece of literature you wonít be disappointed. There will be rhyming poems along with humorous and thought-provoking pieces of work. UK poet Martin Marriott will be joined by local poets who are also widely published and successful in their field.
The music is in great hands with the fantastic South Sligo style traditional music with Jimmy Noctor, and friends. There will be singers, guitarists, and saxophone players.
Pop-up shows of travelling artists are pretty unusual. Another rare trait of the Hermit Collectiveís is each show they put on will be different from their last. Their first show went down so well that the group have been invited to take part in the Bundoran Fringe Festival in Bundoran on the 20th of July. This show will be suitable for all ages.
Donít miss out on a great nightís entertainment on Friday the 4th of July. Admission is free. Works of art and books from participating artists will be on sale on the night. Jessamine OíConnorís new book, "A Skyful of Kites," will also be available to buy.