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The Power of Words Festival, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, 23rd–25th August 2019

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Some people feel the world of books and writing is somehow ‘exclusive’.

The Power of Words hopes to dispel that myth.

The ‘Power of Words’ is a brand-new festival celebrating ‘Words’ in all forms – written, spoken, acted and sung – and will burst into being in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, on the weekend of 23rd to the 25th August 2019.

The spirit of the festival is best described in the abbreviated form of its name ‘POW’ – as the team creating it want to pack a punch in terms of breaking through barriers and making the ‘Writing World’ accessible to all.

The festival is unique in that it focuses on new and emerging writers as well as established ones.  Exciting names like Niamh Boyce, John MacKenna, Andrea Carter, Helena Duggan, will share their work and expertise. A selection of writing workshops delivered by ‘The Underground Writers Society’ (which comprises authors Caroline Busher, Shane Dunphy and Sheila Forsey) will give participants a chance to explore fiction, song-writing and memoir.  And ‘Open Mic’ sessions throughout the weekend will provide plenty of opportunity for anyone who wishes to come along and share their work.

‘The Living Poets Society’ is another unique feature of the festival. A chosen ‘Living Poet’ will have their work honoured and celebrated throughout the weekend. The chosen poet for this inaugural year is Pat Ingoldsby, as the Power of Words team believe he embodies the essence of the festival.

Nobody loves stories more than children and they are central to the festival.  A highlight will be the launch of a booklet of stories created by POW 2019, in association with local preschool children. Film footage of the young storytellers will be on display at Heritage House. An array of writing workshops, word trails, song and story-telling events will keep small ones busy. There’s even an opportunity to visit ‘The Night Garden’.

Teenagers are also well catered for with a selection of their ‘Blackout Poetry’ on display, writing workshops and one or two surprise events lined up over the weekend! Heritage House will facilitate a series of walks and talks around Abbeyleix and its bog-lands, including a tour of some of the town’s numerous fountains and the re-telling of historical events in front of the doors of some notable buildings.

For the weekend of August 23rd – 25th, Abbeyleix will become the epi-centre of creative activity.  There is something for everyone and the promise of a truly enjoyable and engaging weekend – with lots of quirky touches thrown in for good measure.

For further information and ticket bookings, please go to www.powerofwords.ie or Facebook ‘The Power of Words Festival’

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Email powerofwordsfestival@gmail.com

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