Singing Workshop
Caz Jeffreys
The Marquee, St Peter’s, Castletownbere
6 – 7.30pm, Sunday August 5th
Donations (booking: / 027 70233)

Caz Jeffreys is a community musician and choir leader living in West Cork. She currently runs three community choirs as well as events and singing projects, including GraceNotes (performance) and the West Cork BIG SING! (singing for community wellbeing).

In this Harmony Singing Workshop, Caz will lead a variety of songs from many backgrounds and styles. All welcome. No previous experience needed.

Colour Mixing: Art Workshop for Adults
Ida Mitrani
Castletownbere Library
2 – 4pm, Tuesday, August 7th
Free (booking: / 027 70233)

Ida Mitrani is a Turkish born French artist living in Ireland since 1997. Along with her artistic practice, Mitrani has taught Art and Botanical Illustration over the past thirteen years in various art colleges, museums and art centres. She set up the first intensive Botanical in Ireland in the Institute of Art and Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Wild Water Workshop
Anna Selby
2 – 4pm, Wednesday August 8th
Tra an Phiarla, North Allihies
Free (booking: / 027 70233)

In this workshop, Anna will share some of the most exciting poetry being written about wild swimming, the ocean, marine species and the shore. You will have the chance to create some of your own writing, with guided exercises and can write in the sea (with waterproof notebooks), by rock pools, or on the shore. You do not have to have ever written anything to come along. Please just bring curiosity and your swimming stuff, plus snorkel if you have one. Anna Selby is the poet-in-residence for Beara Arts Festival, she is a wild swimmer and naturalist. Her poetry often explores our relationship with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with dancers and choreographers, writes poetic studies of different species in the field, directly from life, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment. She studied on the Creative Writing Poetry MA at the University of East Anglia, is a specialist in international poetry and works as a writer, editor and translator.

From Allihies Village take the R575 (the coast road towards Eyeries) for about 2k. As the road descends towards the sea, there is a small pier on the left. Tra an Phiarla is the beach beside it.

Music Workshop for Young People 10+
Nico Brown
Castletownbere Library
2 – 4pm, Thursday August 9th
Free. Instruments provided. (booking: / 027 70233)

Nico Brown is a lyricist and composer of music for theatre . He was musician-in-residence at The Ark, Dublin, when it opened in 1995 and has always specialised in work for children and families. A multi-instrumentalist, he regularly works in a duo with double-bassist Martin Brunsden of the Hothouse Flowers. He moved to Beara in 2004 to grow trees.

Art Workshop for Adults
Eileen Brennan
Castletownbere Library
5 – 7pm, Thursday August 9th
Free (booking: / 027 70233)

Eileen Brennan is a native of Castletownbere, and has always had an interest in the visual arts. Since completing several courses including Arts in the Community and Art for Children, she has been leading workshops and classes for children and adults thoughout Beara. Her specialities are painting, decoupage, and interior decoration in her spare time.

Origami Workshop
Andrew Desmond
Castletownbere Library
2 – 4pm, Saturday August 11th
Free (booking: / 027 70233). Workshop suitable for all age groups 10+ years.

Andrew Desmond is a graduate of NCAD, and is CEO of Whazon Publications, a printed & online guide to Cultural Activities in Cork City established in 1995.

Andrew practices a free-style of origami by simply taking a blank page and beginning with one random fold. He then follows that fold-line to see where it goes, and to discover what shapes might arise from a plain two-dimensional sheet of paper. Andrew’s origami favours a simplicity of line and form; making the fewest folds to capture a likeness of some identifiable object or creature.

Ukulele Workshop for Absolute Beginners
Andrew Desmond
Castletownbere Library
5 – 7pm, Saturday August 11th
Free (booking: / 027 70233). Workshop suitable for all age groups 10+ years.

Andrew Desmond is a graduate of NCAD, and is CEO of Whazon Publications, a printed & online guide to Cultural Activities in Cork City established in 1995.

Andrew has played ukulele and taught others to do so for years, and believes everyone can and should learn this fun and joyful musical instrument. Andrew will present a class teaching basic ukulele chords and techniques, along with some classic tunes by the greats, such as Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen. A limited number of ukuleles will be available to borrow or buy on the day.

Writing Workshop for Young People
Alex Barclay
Castletownbere Library
11am – 1pm, Sunday August 12th
Free (booking: / 027 70233)

Alex Barclay worked as a journalist before writing her first novel, Darkhouse, a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in 2005. She published a sequel, The Caller, in 2007.

Alex won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold, which was the beginning of the Special Agent Ren Bryce series. Since then, Ren has featured in Time of Death, Blood Loss, Killing Ways and The Drowning Child.