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Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017 invites readers to share feel-good poetry and prose

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Article by Derek Flynn © 21 August 2017.
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We haven’t had an earthquake lately…

Do you reach for a favourite poem or piece of prose when you need to be inspired, comforted or cheered up? Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017  is calling on all avid readers to submit their favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for We haven’t had an earthquake lately…, a flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place at The Book Centre, Waterford, on Friday 13 October. Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this popular annual event. Submissions should be emailed by Monday 18 September to what@hse.ie  with “Earthquake” in the subject line. Further details are available from www.wellwaterford.com

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing, established in 2013, is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries. The festival has become a landmark event in the Waterford calendar, with events taking place throughout the city and county celebrating the benefits of participants in the arts by all.

Well Festival 2016

Announcing the open call for We haven’t had an earthquake lately, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust said, “This has been a hugely enjoyable event every year, with keen readers sharing their favourite writings by everyone from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. We have a mountain of evidence attesting to the positive impact which reading has on our physical and mental wellbeing, for example neuroscientist Stephani Sutherland wrote in 2015 ‘When we read, we recognise words as pictures and hear them spoken aloud’ and a study in the academic journal Neurology found that reading provides benefits to mental health, sharpening the mind as it ages”.

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing runs from 9-15 October 2017 with events in Waterford City, Dungarvan and Tramore. This joint initiative between Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries celebrates the benefits of participation in the arts and is funded by the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi Genzyme. “We haven’t had an earthquake lately” is a quote from Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne. Further information about Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is available from www.wellwaterford.com


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Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03