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Cúirt Festival announces Education and Youth Programme

Friday, 17th February, 2017 9:56am

The 32nd Annual Cúirt International Festival Labs will take place from Monday-Saturday 24-29 April as part of the week long festival.

Each year Cúirt Festival invites writers, illustrators and other creative people to give workshops for children and teenagers in the Galway Arts Centre.

They are given the opportunity to tell the audience what they were like at that age and how they ended up with their dream job.

Cúirt Labs are a mix of readings, workshops and talks lasting 40 minutes, where each primary school group goes to three different sessions.

Facilitating workshops at this year’s Labs will be Claire Hennessy, Dave Rudden and William Wall.

Claire Hennessy has published several YA novels, Dublin’s Dave Rudden published a YA fantasy novel last year and William Wall had his novel Ghost Estate featured on the Leaving Cert curriculum in 2015.

Irish singer/songwriter Sive will run a workshop focusing on music and Gerard Siggins, author of the “Rugby Spirit” series will introduce the world of sports and newspaper publishing.

They will be joined by Galway theatre groups Fibin and Branar.

There is a huge focus in the festival on building the education programme and over the past five years it has resulted in an exciting and diverse programme for young people.

Speaking on the announcement, Festival Manager, Tara O'Connor said: “The Cúirt Labs are one of the most important and fun elements of the festival.”

She added, “Having doubled in size since 2013, the Cúirt Labs will be extended to six days this year, kicking off with Cúirt Labs as Gaeilge.”

The 32nd Cúirt International Festival of Literature will take place from Sunday 23 April 2017 lasting for one week in various locations around Galway City.

See www.cuirt.ie/ for more details.

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