Workshops

Monday August 5th, 11am – 1pm
Writers’ Workshop with Alex Barclay
Castletownbere Library
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

Details to follow…

Tuesday August 6th – Friday August 9th
10.30am – 3.30pm, or ½ days 1.30am – 1pm
Art & Action Children’s Camp 
Allihies Community Hall

  • Suitable for age group approx. 4-10 years
  • €20 per child, €15 2nd sibling, €10 other siblings – ½ price per ½ day
  • Contact Bénédicte 086 3995223

Bénédicte Coleman is a graduate of CCAD and a practising artist. She has been working with children since 2005, as athletics coach and art workshop facilitator. She founded Art & Action children’s workshops in 2018.

At Art& Action, children build cardboard ‘villages’, which they inhabit – they paint, decorate and furnish their buildings, with a lot of planning and discussion along the way.
Art& Action camps provide children with a space to create on a large scale, to explore materials, learn new techniques and do a lot of stuff they generally don’t get to do at home!

Tuesday August 6th, 3 – 5pm
Ukulele Workshop for Absolute Beginners with Andrew Desmond
Castletownbere Library
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

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.

Workshop suitable for all age groups 10+ years.

Thursday August 8th, 1 – 2pm
Music Workshop with Nico Brown
Bamboozled – Instant Angklung Orchestra
Castletownbere Library
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

  • Players of all ages needed – no experience necessary. Instruments provided.
  • Wanted: people of all ages, with or without musical ability, to come and make a spontaneous instant orchestra.

The Angklung is a tuned bamboo rattle from Java with a melodious and alluring sound, and there’ll be one for everyone to play. A bit of a warm up and a practice, and away we’ll go for an hour of fun, experiment and creative chaos.

Children under 8 to be accompanied, all welcome.

Capacity: up to 40

Thursday August 8th, 3- 5pm
Art workshop with Ida Mitrani: Learn to draw and paint a leaf
Castletownbere Library
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

Using graphite pencils and watercolour paint, you will learn to measure and portray a leaf. The session will cover drawing, shading and some watercolour techniques. All levels welcome.

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 fourteen years in various art colleges, museums and art centres.

Saturday August 10th, 2 – 3pm
Family Music Workshop with Caz Jeffreys
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

Caz Jeffreys is a community musician and choir leader based in West Cork. She has recently begun bringing these Family Music Workshops into the community of West Cork, running one from the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff.

This workshop is aimed at parents and their children between the ages of 4 – 10 years old. It is designed as a fun opportunity for building confidence and musical skills together. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

www.cazjeffreys.com

Saturday August 10th, 4.30 – 6pm
Harmony Singing Workshop with Caz Jeffreys
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

Caz Jeffreys is a community musician and choir leader based in West Cork. She currently runs two community choirs here in Cork, and mentors two new choirs she has set up in Andalucia, Spain. Caz runs additional singing projects and events and you can find out more about her work on her website.

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

www.cazjeffreys.com

Sunday August 11th, 11am – 1pm
Poetry Workshop with Roisin Kelly
Venue: Cormac Boydell and Rachel Parry’s house and studios at Reentrisk, Allihies*
Free, but booking required: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233

1pm
Poetry Reading with Roisin Kelly
Venue: Cormac Boydell and Rachel Parry’s house and studios at Reentrisk, Allihies*
All welcome

Roisin Kelly is Beara Arts Festival’s Artist-in-residence for 2019, working at Dinny’s Place, North Allihies for the duration of the festival.

Roisin was born in west Belfast and raised in Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on Clare Island and an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, she moved to Cork city where she currently lives and writes. Her first chapbook of poetry, Rapture (Southword Editions, 2016), was reviewed in The Irish Times as ‘fresh, sensuous and direct’ and described in the Los Angeles Review of Books as ‘one of the greatest collections of poetry that the Irish literary canon has to offer.’ Her first full-length collection of poetry, Mercy, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2020. www.roisinkelly.com

On August 11th, Róisín will present a workshop on the poetry of place, using Beara as a leaping-off point, with the peninsula’s landscape providing the structure for attendees’ own poems about either Beara or other places that are significant to them.

Afterwards, Róisín will give a public reading of her work.

*Directions:
From Allihies Village take the R575 (the coast road towards Eyeries). After 3k the broken yellow lines on the sides of the road cease. 50 metres further there is a high visibility orange painted fence post on the left. Opposite this is our access road. Please park on the main road and walk up. The house is the one with the green garage and sycamore trees. GPS 51.656448,-10.064832.