Festival 2023. Meet the Authors.

Festival 2023, News

On Thursday 20th at 8 pm in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh our Festival 2023 get underway. Our first special event is an opportunity to meet and speak with some special local authors. We are delighted to be joined by Ann Wilson, Marion Horgan, and Trish Carlos.

Our Chairman John Smith will give the festival opening address to assembled guests before these wonderful local author will speak about their writing, their books, and how they work their magic. With a little bit of luck we’ll learn some of their secrets which we can apply to our own creative writing efforts.

We’ll be so glad to have the opportunity to speak with you all about topics which are very close to each authors heart.

Also on this page we’d like to share a little about our thoughts on the importance of creative writing. Creative writing is an incredible way for people to express themselves, share their stories, and explore their imaginations. It allows us to connect with one another on a deeper level and fosters empathy and understanding in our communities.

Supporting local authors is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to promote and preserve our unique local culture and history. When we read the works of authors from our community, we’re able to see our experiences and perspectives reflected in their stories. This not only builds a stronger sense of local identity but also helps us to appreciate the diversity and richness of our own community.

In addition, local authors often write about the challenges and issues that affect our neighborhoods, providing insight and sparking important conversations. By supporting these authors, we’re encouraging them to continue sharing their valuable insights, which can ultimately lead to positive change in our community.

Now, let’s talk about the importance of encouraging young people to write. Writing is an essential skill that goes beyond academics; it’s a tool for self-expression and personal growth. When we nurture young writers, we’re helping them to develop their critical thinking and communication skills, which are invaluable assets in today’s interconnected world.

Moreover, engaging young people in creative writing can help them better understand their emotions and the world around them. It provides an outlet for their thoughts and feelings, enabling them to make sense of their experiences and develop a stronger sense of self. This kind of self-awareness and emotional intelligence is vital for personal well-being and can contribute to healthier, more resilient communities.

Encouraging young people to write also has the potential to foster a greater appreciation for the arts and literature in our society. When children and teens are exposed to the joy and fulfillment that comes from creative expression, they’re more likely to develop a lifelong passion for reading and writing. This, in turn, helps to cultivate a vibrant and thriving literary culture in our community and beyond.

And it truly is a pursuit were even the smallest efforts will not be in vain, as promoting creative writing among young people can inspire the next generation of local authors, whose voices and stories will enrich our community for years to come. These budding writers may one day become our community’s leaders, using their skills and talents to advocate for positive change and make a lasting impact on society.

In conclusion, creative writing is a powerful force that has the potential to transform not only individuals but also our community as a whole. By supporting local authors and nurturing young writers, we’re investing in the future of our neighborhoods and the broader society. So let’s continue to celebrate the power of the written word and the incredible impact it can have on our lives. Thanks in advance for taking the time to join us, and happy writing!

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