CUIRT Festival, Galway - Launch of 'Jessica Casey & Other Works' by Away with Words
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Venue: Town Hall Bar, Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Away with Words is an innovative creative writing project which enables people with intellectual disabilities to share in the arts life of their community. Set up as a partnership between the Brothers of Charity Services and local writers, Away With Words hosts workshops where participants can explore their voices as writers in a supportive setting. Jessica Casey & Other Works is Away with Words’ first publication. The story of Jessica Casey is the fruit of collaborative writing workshops at
the Duirling Centre in Connemara, facilitated by Mary Madec. The work brings us into the funny, phantasmagoric world of a young woman on the threshold of the adult world. The other works showcase the output of workshops in Gort, Galway and Connemara, including the winning poems from the Inclusion Ireland Poetry Awards 2011.
This work gives us a true insight into the lives of these authors and what they find interesting and amusing about the world around them. This
publication includes a wonderful animation of Jessica Casey, which
the Away With Words writers at the Duirling Centre developed in collaboration with visual artist Aideen Barry. This animation will be shown in the main auditorium of the Town Hall at 5pm, followed by the book launch and reception upstairs in the Town Hall Bar.
The entire Away With Words project is funded by: The Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Arts Office, Galway County Arts Office, Galway City VEC and the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway.