steinbeck celebration:the human heart & the land 7-19 october

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BBC Presenter, writer and wildlife advocate Simon King headlines this year’s Steinbeck Celebration: The Human Heart and the Land event which takes place from 7-19 October!

Simon’s passion for the natural world is well known to television viewers worldwide through his work as a presenter and award-winning cameraman. He has been instrumental in some of the best known award-winning natural history television of recent years, including presenting Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, Planet Earth, Blue Planet and the Life series plus more recently African Cats for Disney.

Having recently published his first book NatureWatch, Simon will delight audience members of all ages by providing an intimate evening of stories and wonderful insights into the natural world on Saturday 8 October at 6pm.

The world renowned musician and producer Donal Lunny promises a night to be remembered as he takes to the stage with two other virtuoso musicians Padraig Rynne and Sylvain Barou, all the way from Brittany, on Friday 7 October at 8pm. Known as the Donal Lunny Triad, the trio’s live sets are known to be breath-taking, diving into Irish traditional music via Brittany, Eastern Europe and world folk music. As well as founding legendary bands including The Bothy Band and Planxty, Donal has also produced records for artists including Kate Bush, Elvis Costelloe and Paul Brady to name a few.

Poet Jean Bleakney reads from her newly launched Selected Poems on Saturday 8 October at 3pm. Wicklow-based poet Jane Clarke, who recently published her first collection The River, and won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award, also hosts a reading on Wednesday 19 October at 6.30pm.

Historian Alister McReynolds provides a fascinating free talk John Steinbeck: Homeward Bound exploring the famous writer’s local family roots and this influence on his writing on Thursday 13 October at 7.30pm.

Two award-winning cinematic adaptations of Steinbeck novels Of Mice and Men starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise and the acclaimed East of Eden starring James Dean in his first major film role, screen on Thursday 13 October at 2pm and Saturday 15 October at 2pm respectively.

Limavady Writers’ Group host a Causeway Writers’ Evening on Tuesday 11 October from 7pm. All are welcome to enjoy members read selected works.

A range of workshops also feature in this year’s Steinbeck Celebration. North Coast based writer Bernie McGill hosts a two-part creative writing workshop on Monday 10 and 17 October, 7-9pm. Former environmental campaigner and published poet Emma Must hosts From Leaf to Line, a nature walk and poetry writing workshop at Roe Valley Country Park on Saturday 8 October, 10am-2pm.

Artist Gail Mahon teaches a two-part Environmental Ceramic and Drawing workshop exploring our local natural and urban landscape on Saturday 8 and 15 October, 2-4.30pm whilst local photographer Rachel Cassidy hosts a Parent and Child photography workshop exploring local scenic locations on Saturday 15 October from 10am-2pm.

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This entry was posted on September 14th, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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