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ENTERTAINMENT


Literary talents entertain


T


he annual Waterford Writers’ Weekend saw an influx of over


thirty of Ireland’s top authors, journalists and bloggers who took to a variety of venues to share their knowledge, stories and skills. Highlights included a talk on sporting memories with ‘the memory man’ Jimmy Magee at the Medieval Museum, while at the medieval Museum Debbie Deegan founder of the ‘To Russia With Love’ charity, which has helped over 5,000 Russian orphans improve their lives spoke of her story and her experiences in Russia, from the intricacies of soviet-style bureaucracy, to the threat of violence from international criminals. Tarquin Blake author of the books


Abandoned Mansions of Ireland took to the podium at the Medieval Museum on Saturday afternoon where he illustrated his talk with numerous photographs and the histories of houses in County Waterford, including: Ballysaggartmore House, near Lismore in County Waterford, which was home to the infamous Arthur Kiely. A series of panel discussion events


and a variety of workshops, from ‘Making Social Media Work for You’ to ‘Breaking into Screen Writing’ and Children’s Writing Workshops amongst others were hugely popular. A full programme of free events was also on offer across the city from free lunch- time readings to genealogy workshops and an open mic night.


Photos: Patrick Browne 9


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