The writing community celebrates the late Noelle Vial

Added: 27-09-2013 15:29:03

Killybegs poet Noelle Vial who passed away 10 years ago is being honoured at the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival.

Ms Vial was a founding member of the Killybegs Writers’ Group. She won the Hennessy Literary Award for Best Poetry by an Emerging Writer and in 1995 produced a highly acclaimed debut collection Promiscuous Winds.

Faith in the Constellation – A Night for Noelle Vial takes place this Friday evening at No 22 Main Street, Killybegs. Introduced by journalist Tony O’Callaghan, the evening will feature readings and music by family and friends. Contributors include Jenny Vial, Derek Vial, Seamus Hayden, Rob Anderson, Paddy Sharkey and John Doherty.

Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival has created a special poetry bursary in the late poet’s name. It is being offered in association with members of her family and consists of a week-long stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan.

The winner will be announced during the Night for Noelle Vial event. Proceedings begin at 9pm this Friday, September 27 and admission is free.

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