Lockout 1913 Austerity 2013 - Book Launch by Mícheál Mac Donncha.
Sligo Central Library, Thursday 16th May @ 7.30pm.
2013 marks the Centenary of the biggest industrial struggle in Irish history - the Great Lockout of 1913. This was culmination of similar strikes and lockouts in Dublin and across Ireland - including in Sligo - as the ITGWU and other unions sought to vindicate workers' rights. The long and bitter dispute saw the communities of Dublin's tenement slums pitted against the might of the employers, the Dublin Metropolitan Police and the British Army. After months of desperate hardship the lockout ended, seemingly in defeat for the workers. But the Irish trade union movement survived and thrived, workers won better conditions, the Irish Citizen Army was founded and the Lockout proved to be a key event leading to the 1916 Rising.
Book Launch by Alan McMonagle & Aideen Henry.
Sligo Central Library, Tuesday 21st May @ 6.30pm.
Alan McMonagle is a poet, playwright and short fiction writer living in Galway. He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) and the Arts Council of Ireland.
He has contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Adirondack Review, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, Southword and The Stinging Fly.
Liar Liar, his first collection of stories appeared in 2008 (Wordsonthestreet) and was longlisted for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The title story from his second collection, Psychotic Episodes, (Arlen House, April 2013) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Aideen Henry writes short fiction, drama and poetry. Her short stories, Saibh and Idling, were shortlisted for the Francis McManus Award in 2011 & 2012. Idling was published in The Dublin Review in 2012. She has contributed short stories to three published collections of the Atlantis Collective. Her three one-act plays were staged at NUI, Galway and the Galway Theatre Festival. Her debut poetry collection, Hands Moving at the Speed of Falling Snow, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010 and that year she was shortlisted for the Emerging Poetry Section of the Hennessy XO Literary Awards. Hugging Thistles is her debut collection of short stories.