ConTempo/raneous: Literature

The Galway Music Residency and the MA in Writing at NUI Galway present a very special performance on Thursday 28th September at 7pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway. This is the final event in the 2017 season of ConTempo/raneous, the Galway Music Residency’s series of cross-genre collaborations with Galway-based artists.

During the 2016/17 academic year, the Galway Music Residency with the ConTempo Quartet have been working with the students of the MA in Writing at NUI Galway to visit old works, musical and literary, and to create the new. In the intimate setting of the Aula Maxima, next Thursday’s event will see ConTempo joined by past and present students of Creative Writing who will showcase the work that emerged from encounters with inspirational music, composers and performers. Join these exceptional talents and artists for a glass of wine and a unique and relaxed evening combining music, literature and the practices that link notes and words.

Dr John Kenny, director of the MA in Writing at NUI Galway, remarked on the event: ‘We are now entering the fourth year of collaboration with the Galway Music Residency and ConTempo on our Creative Writing programmes here. There are vital and enduring parallels between the arts of musical and literary composition, and our writing students have benefitted enormously from engagement with these extraordinary musicians, who are themselves remarkably articulate in narrating their art form.’ Dr Kenny emphasised that this showcase evening will have a distinctly modern and contemporary flavour: ‘From Dermot Healy to John McAuliffe, from Bartók to Shostakovich and Jane O’Leary, and with our new students and graduates interplaying their own writing among works by established authors, composers and performers, it is set to be an illustrative and evocative evening.’

Supported by NUI Galway, the Arts Council, Galway City and County Councils and GMIT, admission to this event is free, open to all and early arrival is recommended. The event duration will be approximately 70 minutes, with no interval.

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