PAUL McAVINCHEY's reminder to ATG members,
I draw your attention to the Irish Books Awards, voting for which closes at 5pm on Monday evening, 15 November.
I only voted for some for the sections, but I daw your attention to the Short Story Section. Bernard Mac Laverty's 'Blackthorns', from his wonderful new short story collection, 'Blank Pages and other Stories', is on the list. (But there are two other writers in that Short Story section who have associations with JHISS in Armagh - Jan Carson and Stuart Neville!)
Two other nominated writers who were involved with JHS this year are Fiona Scarlett for her debut novel, 'Boys Don't Cry' and poet, Siobhán Campbell (Poem of the Year section). Siobhán was one of 3 poets featured in a memorable John Hewitt Birthday Reading in October. And David Torrans's No Alibis Bookstore has been nominated for the Bookshop of the Year award.
You may wish to vote for other awards! Here is the link:
With very best wishes
Our good friend Cathy Donnelly has asked to share this letter promoting BookWeek NI and help by recounting your fondest memories of our treasured public library in Market Street.
Dear Madam/ Sir
I would like to ask that the members of Armagh Theatre Group help staff at Armagh City Library to celebrate Book Week NI, 18th-24th October 2021.
Book Week NI is a key event in our calendar for promoting all that libraries do and the services they provide. As part of this year’s initiative we will have a ‘Love Your Library Day’ on Wednesday 20th October, where we hope to get members of the public tell us why they Love Armagh City Library; we will create a number of displays based on this.
We would be delighted if members of the Armagh Theatre Group could contribute to this day by letting us know why they Love Their Library – an ‘I Love My Library Because…’ postcard is attached.
We are also collecting memories of Armagh – the people, the town and the county – for our celebration of Life Stories for Book Week NI on Monday 18th October.
We would appreciate it if your members could take a few minutes to tell us about memorable, interesting and even just everyday memories they have of Armagh through the years.
We would also be grateful if they could tell us of any memories they have of Armagh City Library – maybe about how it has changed over time or the role it has played for them at the different stages of their lives. Please see the attached document which can be used to jot down any memories.
I could collect completed sheets next week at a time that is convenient to you or your members are very welcome to drop them in with us at the library.. We would use these contributions to create a dedicated section on our display for Armagh Theatre Group – we could also include pictures of performances by your members as part of this.
We are collecting memories of Armagh – the people, the town and the county – for our celebration of Life Stories as part of Book Week NI 18th -24th October 2021.
We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to tell us about memorable, interesting and even just everyday memories you have of Armagh through the years.
We would also be grateful if you could tell us of any memories you have of Armagh City Library – maybe about how it has changed over time or the role it has played for you at the different stages of your life.
Thank you for helping us with this initiative.
Memories of Armagh – People, City and County
Memories of Armagh City Library.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Our recent survey on the plans for Abbey Lane Theatre and ATG have resulted in encouraging responses from you. For your time offered
and considerations from so many respondence we give A BIG BIG...
In our quest to develop Abbey Lane Theatre we are asking you to give us 5 minutes of your time to fill out our Community Survey.
This 10 question survey will enhance our chance to secure essential grants to complete our ambitious plans to bring Abbey Lane into the 21'st century.
Please forward on to friends/family who you think will be interested in helping us.
Click on the link below to start and please complete asap as Grant deadline zooms! .
Thanking you in advance,
Armagh Theatre Group.
The cast,crew, producer and writer of our recent zoom play Six Angy Women met for the first time, off screen, in a sunny Loughgall Park recently for a well earned picnic. Surprisingly everyone had legs and looked younger and slimmer than on Zoom!
A table full of goodies evloved from baskets and bags, all of which was devoured over the course of an hour or two reminiscing.
Missing from the picnic Hilary Good (trapped in Donegal), Marie Claire Guy (still trapped in Crown Court).and Tim Hanna (trapped in a leg cast). We toasted the missing with teas,coffee and elderflower wine- absent but not forgotten.
Present Margery Quinn,director,Judge Gillian Faulkner, Wilma Campbell J1, Una Hendron J3, Bridie Heaney J4, Claudia Clenndenning J6, Techy and support Allan and Byddi Lee and writer/poet/set builder and all round handy man Malachi Kelly esq.
The death has occurred this week of Patrick Sheils, late of Launceston Tasmania and formerly of Russell St Armagh.
Paddy was a valuable member of ATG in the sixties and seventies before leaving us to work in Australia.
He was a gifted actor and a director, who had a guiding hand on our early workshops and productions in Jenny's Row and the City Hall.
Our sympathy to his wife Jill, his children Mary, Kate and Peter, and his sister Maire. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
The strong connections Armagh Theatre Group have with Armagh Art Club have never been more secure than through the very talented Marie Claire Guy.
Over the years this double-jobber has pushed the boundaires of her undeniable talents on the boards and canvases of stage and easel with consummate ease.
Her artistic talents and those of other wonderfully talented Art Club members can be seen in the picturesque surroundings of Benburb Priory.
As an additional treat you will be visiting the famous heritage museum, just above the restaurant, where the exhibition takes place.
Afterwards stroll through the historic surroundings to the Blackwater river falls or have a coffee in the courtyard. Now, there's your day sorted!
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of our lifelong member Bill Rennie this week. Bill was an integeral part of Armagh society and an active member of various sporting clubs and choirs in the city. Always willing to play walk-on parts with the Theatre Group's productions his helping hand back stage and building sets was given with a heart and a half.
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Emily his wife, son Andrew and daughter-in law Monique (both active members of ATG) , also his daughters Patricia and Alison and all the family.
. From the committee and members of Armagh Theatre Group, Bill will be sadly missed but held dear in our memories.
Funeral today Friday 13th at First Presbyterian Mall Armagh 2.30pm. Covid regulations apply.
Come and listen to writers read their Flash Fiction. Highly entertaining, with a variety of stories to suit every palate and an opportunity to meet and mingle with new, emerging and well-established writers in the area and from further afield. Flash Fiction Armagh provides a platform for writers to experience immediate audience reaction to their work – a valuable resource for those who sit all day in a room by themselves writing. We encourage people to attend the event whether they write, read or prefer to listen.
This week sees the restoration of Abbey Lane Theatre's courtyard after an extended wait for the completion of the archaeological report. Work to fill the trenches got underway last Friday and was finished in time for the August committee meeting to be held (Mon 2nd Aug) in our premises.
Keeping social distance and wearing masks the committee began the task of grant applications to help finance the extension plans and improve accessibility for all in Abbey Lane Theatre. Wish us luck!
Here Aisling Kelly (trustee) shows her delight with the new courtyard. As Con Fucius (Monaghan philospher) was recorded saying 'the longest journey begins with one small step then a skip and a jump'