The Arts

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Leland Bardwell, who has died aged 94 Scriobh Sligo founder, poet and novelist Leland Bardwell (94) dies

Added: 29/06/16 : 05:51:10

The Irish novelist, poet and playwright Leland Bardwell has passed away after a long life in letters.

Born in India to Irish parents in 1922, she was brought to Ireland at the age of two and grew up in Leixlip, County Kildare. Bardwell was educated at Alexandra School in Dublin and later at the University of London.

She lived all over the world, before settling back in Ireland in the 1960s, living in Dublin and later in Cloonagh in north Sligo.

Among her works of poetry are The Mad Cyclist, which was published in 1970, and 1984’s The Fly and the Bed Bug. She also published four novels, including her debut, Girl on a Bicycle in 1977, and There We Have Been in 1989.

Her memoir, A Restless Life, came out on Liberties Press in 2008 and her plays have been produced by RTÉ and BBC.

In 1976, along with Desmond Hogan, Neil Jordan, Steve McDonagh and others, she set up the Irish Writers' Co-operative and she founded the literary festival Scriobh in Sligo.

She has been referred to as "the forgotten woman of Irish literature" but a few years ago, the Cork poet and academic Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin said that Bardwell’s work was "witty, full of sharp intimate honesty, full of truth and surprises."
Easter Rising 1916 by Alexander Malvasi, acrylic on canvas Invited Artists at The Hamilton Gallery

Added: 07/06/16 : 13:41:51

2nd June - 23rd July 2016
Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of "A Terrible Beauty is Born", a visual response by 70 Irish artists to the iconic poem 'Easter, 1916' by W.B. Yeats, at the Hamilton Gallery on Thursday 2nd June at 6 pm.

"A Terrible Beauty is Born"

Hamilton Gallery invited Ireland’s leading contemporary artists to create an image 20cm x 20cm inspired by W. B. Yeats’s poem Easter, 1916. The exhibition A Terrible Beauty is Born features the work of over 70 visual artists. It is a dynamic, provocative and comprehensive response, 100 years on, by the shapers of our contemporary visual arts culture to the events of 1916, with W. B. Yeats' iconic Easter, 1916 poem used as a springboard.

Light refreshments will be available at the opening

Gallery opening hours Mon to Sat 10am – 5pm.
Image:  Easter Rising 1916 by Alexander Malvasi, acrylic on canvas
Sligo Arts Festival

Added: 13/06/16 : 11:54:59

Cairde, Sligo Arts Festival takes place each year in July and this year like every other year be prepared for an exciting selection of events including visual art, kids events, comedy, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. Last year the festival brought thousands of people to various events throughout Sligo town and this year Sligo will once again transform into a kaleidoscope of exciting & colourful cultural fun and entertainment from July 5th to 10th.

The annual Park Fest, is without a doubt the highlight of the Cairde Arts Festival. A day long celebration of music, theatre, storytelling, circus, art workshops and a range of food & craft stalls serving a range of delicious goods where the emphasis is on local. Park Fest is one massive FREE celebration suitable for all ages and everyone is invited. Last year the event brought in crowds of over 3,000 people throughout the day which has become renowned for a great range of entertainment. This year’s Park Fest line up includes music performances by Erdini, The Wranglers, The Mass Band with street theatre performances by The Raven Sisters and Caolan McBride. Bring your picnic blanket to Sligo’s Peace Park on Sunday July 10th and prepare for a feast of good food and entertainment.

Cairde Arts Festival is renowned for presenting an exceptional line up of world music and 2016 is no exception with musical adventures at the Swagman on Wednesday 6th July from duo Amica visiting electro-soul, dub and bass culture sounds. Upstairs in McGarrigles on Friday 8th July Alpaca Social Club bring their own brand of live music with strong roots in acoustic music, celtic trad  and various world styles including arabic and gypsy jazz cyclones, at 10pm. Come and be beguiled.

                 The Raven Sisters play Sligo’s Peace Park on Sunday July 10th

New to the festival for 2016, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival in association with Bluestack Records presents Songs by the Sea - a series of live music in seaside locations in Sligo. Kicking off in Shells, Strandhill, on Wed 6th at 8pm is Sligo based artist and songwriter Pearse McGloughlin. On Thursday 7th guitarist and songwriter, Patrick Freeman will perform in Pudding Row, Easkey at 6pm while songwriter and artist Tara Baoth Mooney will be joined by Ramune Sakalauskaite, the Russian harpist from St Petersburg in Eithna’s by the Sea, Mullaghmore at 9pm.

A particular highlight of this year’s music programme is The Pipes the Pipes - A music and live art performance devised by Donal Dineen which takes place at The Model on Sunday 10th July at 8pm. The Pipes, The Pipes is a homage to the singular magic of the Irish Uilleann Pipes. At the heart of this live experience is the playing of three exceptional pipers, Leonard Barry, Padraig McGovern and Maitiú Ó Casaide. Visual artists Lionel Palun and Donal Dineen respond to the mesmerising soundwaves by conjuring a magical picture show unique to every performance.

Speaking of performance, Lord of Strut, Seamus and Sean strut into town for two very special performances! A Rave In An Alley delivers the world's smallest dance floor by the world's biggest dancers to Stephen St Car Park at 7pm on Wednesday 6th July. Then in McGarrigle’s upstairs on Thursday 8th July Tonight We Strut is a fantastical hour of slapstick mayhem in the guise of a T.V talk show.  The action packed talk show that’s all talk and no action is a thrilling soap opera into the absurd. Talking rocks, stupid gags, audience participation and dance routines so flash it could be the 80's!

And that only scratches the surface! For full information and booking log onto

   Lord of Strut play Stephen St Car Park and McGarrigles (dates above)

Added: 11/06/15 : 03:51:14