Torc Tales

Fri 26th July

6:00 pm

Torc Café, Longford

The Longford Writers Group is a collective of amateur writers seeking to improve their writing skills in a focused, stimulating and constructive environment. Meeting every fortnight, members share stories, develop ideas and discuss direction for their writing, with an overall ambition to publish their work. It’s a group of like minded people who encourage one another to progress and continue to share their work.

They have taken part in many events like ‘Authors and Artists’ nights, ‘A Night for Syria’, ‘Culture Night’, ‘Poetry Day’ and an event on Mother and Baby homes; which was part of a launch for an exhibition of paintings by Ambroise Donnelly, (whose mother had been born in a Mother and Baby home).

2018 was a really exciting and successful year for the group as they received a grant from Creative Ireland. This allowed them to publish a collaborative novella which is called ‘Let Him Lie’. They also ran a competition for writing a children’s story (in conjunction with the Aisling Arts Festival), ‘A Place for Poetry’ event, and a drama workshop. Things are not set to slow down for these authors just yet as they plan to publish an anthology in the not too distant future.

Torc Tales will be a really intriguing night of unique talent featuring a short film called ‘The Stranger’. Written and directed by Jessamine O Connor, in collaboration with Carmel Balfe of ‘Little Gem Puppets’, “The Stranger” is a short shadow-puppet film-poem about being an immigrant, here and abroad. Drawing on conversations with new resisdents in Strokestown, and our own experience as immigrants in other countries, this film reflects on the day-to-day of being the stranger somewhere. Read by Aoife Ni Mhurchada, and with original music by Helen B Grehan, The Stranger is lively, beautiful to watch, and timely.

Short poem-film “The Stranger”

Written and directed by Jessamine O Connor, in collaboration with Carmel Balfe of ‘Little Gem Puppets’, ‘The Stranger’; is a short shadow-puppet film-poem about being an immigrant, here and abroad. Drawing on conversations with new resisdents in Strokestown, and our own experience as immigrants in other countries, this film reflects on the day-to-day of being the stranger somewhere. Read by Aoife Ni Mhurchada, and with original music by Helen B Grehan, The Stranger is lively, beautiful to watch, and timely.

Time: 7.5 mins.

Original poem by Jessamine O Connor, shadow puppets by Carmel Balfe, original lmusical score By
Helen B Grehan, and narrated by Aoife ni Mhurchadha.

Various Event Tickets are also available at our Festival Office: 14 Dublin Street, Longford. For more information call Sharon on 043 3344004