Saturday, 16th December 2017
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Some of the country's award-winning and best-selling authors and poets are bound for Waterford for the annual Waterford Writers’ Weekend as part of the Imagine Arts Festival this October 19th to 29th.

Curated by broadcaster Rick O'Shea, a programme filled with favourite, award-winning and best-selling writers is on offer at venues across the city, with a diversity to suit a variety of audience tastes.

Nationally known names like Alan Shatter, Stefanie Preissner, Paul Howard, Francis Brennan and Liz Nugent will take part in the festival alongside debut authors Sally Rooney, Ciaran McMenamin and Eithne Shortall and emerald noir stars Alex Barclay, Sam Blake, Jane Casey and Sinead Crowley.

Poetry has two big events: one devoted to politics and social change as Poet Mark Roper will launch his seventh poetry collection, amongst others, Elaine Feeney, Karl Parkinson and Dave Lordan,

A Secular Sunday Service with readings from Sarah Clancy, Rob Doyle, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Sinéad Gleeson is also on offer.

Children's events with Dave Rudden winner of the 2016 Specsavers Senior Children's Book of the Year, Judi Curtin, and Irelandopedia.

Newsageddon, the 2017 annual from the leading satirical website Waterford Whispers News, contains everything you need to know about WWN's scoops will take place. This one-off live show will feature a live news bulletin delivered by anchor man Paddy Browne as he dishes out some of the world's top breaking news stories, followed by a live book reading from the authors themselves, before finishing with a live Q&A from the audience. And a series of workshops on poetry, pitching to publishers and self-publishing is also on offer.

The Waterford Writers Weekend 2017 is part of the Imagine Arts Festival, which runs from October 19th-29th. Some other festival highlights include a wonderful visual art exhibition opening at Greyfriars Gallery with works from Artist Bernadette Kiely. Musical highlights include gigs with lead guitarist with legendary indie band The Coral Bill Ryder Jones, the ‘must see' Martin Stephenson and the Daintees and critically acclaimed James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Khan together combine their singular talents to create a confluence of currents and two giants of Irish traditional music Noel Hill and Frankie Gavin as well as Brian McGrath come together for a rare performance.

'Booze, Blaas and Banter' event celebrating the City's Quayside and maritime heritage will offer lots of interesting chats and craic with speakers including Liam Cahill, Brid Smith, Jack Burtchell and Roddie Cleere.

Packed with over 120 acts & performances, for festival details see http://www.imagineartsfestival.com

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