Free Bealtaine event with Brian Leyden


The Bealtaine Festival Sligo will introduce Old Flames which will feature new work from writer Brian Leyden.

AUTHOR: Brian Leyden will present an evening in the Hawk's Well on May 22.
AUTHOR: Brian Leyden will present an evening in the Hawk’s Well on May 22.

This event was commissioned for 2015 by Sligo Arts Services and the Hawk’s Well Theatre, with funding from Sligo County Council, HSE West and the Arts Council of Ireland. It takes place in the Hawk’s Well on Wednesday, May 27 at 7.30pm and on Monday, July 27 at 7.30pm.

Old Flames blends stories and music in a fond look at romance and courtship, house-dances, dowries and matchmaking as recollected by an earlier generation. This show will light up a few fond memories and maybe even rekindle a romantic fire or two.

Previous Bealtaine commissions by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Service have included the hugely successful “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes” (2012), “The Poetry of Place by Steve Wickham” (2013) and “Songs from Home” with Colm O’Donnell (2014).

Brian Leyden has published the bestselling memoir “The Home Place”, the short story collection Departures and the novel Death and Plenty. He won the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Award in 1988 for “The Last Mining Village”.

He has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany.

His radio documentary work includes “No Meadows in Manhattan”, “Even the Walls Were Sweatin’”, “The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon” and “An Irish Station Mass”.

He received an Arts Council Literary Bursary in 2014. His most recent work is “Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories” (2015). Brian lives and works in Sligo.

This production is FREE but
booking is recommended
through the Hawk’s Well Box
Office on 071-9161518.

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