Wednesday, 30th May 2012
Free Family Fun Programme announced for Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, Lismore
Lismore will be the place to be for Family Festival Fun in early June, as an action-packed family fun programme of events was announced for the tenth Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, which takes place in Lismore from June 7 to 10.
Some of the worlds top International travel writers will descend upon the picturesque of Lismore throughout the weekend, enthralling audiences with tales of their travels and adventures including Ireland's finest writers Paul Clements, Mary Russell and Diana Gleadhill, as well as Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler and award winning international authors Colin Thubron, Anthony Sattin Artemis Cooper and Jan Morris.
Commenting on his upcoming trip to Ireland co-founder of Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler said, “My wife is from Belfast so I have a county Antrim connection and I always enjoy a visit to Ireland, it is a great place to travel around.”
The international festival is not all about travel writing as a programme offering a variety of activities was launched today; with something for all ages and interests; whether it's writing, travelling, gardening, walking, history, music, food or art - there's something there for everyone.
Jan Rotte, Coordinator of the Immrama Festival, is delighted with the variety and depth of this year's festival programme, “We are thrilled with the wide range of quality events we have in this year's Immrama programme. We believe that there is something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming people from near and far to Lismore to celebrate this wonderful event with us.”
Festivalgoers' young and old will have the opportunity to follow 'In the Footsteps of Marco Polo' for the weekend exploring the 2012 festival theme. In addition to the adults having the opportunity to listen to fascinating tales from some of the most famous travel writers in the world, younger Festival goers will have the opportunity to compete for literary awards, participate in poetry workshops and to join in the traditional 'Free Family Fun Sunday' afternoon programme.
Opening the festival a wealth of writing talent will be celebrated on Thursday, June 7, with author readings and the launch of new publications by writers Eoin Bourke and Ciaran Murphy. A book edited by Mr Clements featuring contributions from some of the travel writers who have spoken at IMMRAMA since 2003 will be launched in Lismore to celebrate 10 years of the festival.
Families are in for a treat on Sunday afternoon with a 'Free Family Fun Sunday' programme on offer. A host of entertainment will be on offer courtesy of the Wobbly Circus and with live music by Loudest Whisper and Booley House; events include stilt walking, face painting, music, dance and storytelling all in the Millennium Park in the picturesque heritage town of Lismore.
Full details of schedule and bookingsavailable online at http://www.lismoreimmrama.com or by calling (058) 53803.
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