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Another Week at The Dock and a little inspiration for life

November 21, 2011

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A little inspiration for all of us, and for all who consider putting some of their work into the Open Season exhibition, go for it! All artwork has to be here by the 2nd of December to be ready for the opening on the 9th, and it promises already to be a great night out, but that will be a story for a later post!

And then… Ooops, I gave you the Rio Grande preview last week already, but it is only on THIS Tuesday the 22nd! Sorry about that, somehow I must have skipped a week in the diary! I hope nobody tapered to The Dock in vain, so far I heard nothing such like, fingers crossed… That means  a bit of a copying/cutting&pasting job is due to tell you once again, this time with the right date attached!

It is again time for our Classic Film Club on Tuesday morning, our final film with Maureen O’Hara, this time alongside John Wayne in Rio Grande, another well-remembered classic by John Ford. Same as always, complimentary tea or coffee and bickies, and if my little camera arrives before that I will show you the buzz of the place on Tuesday at 11am! And make sure you don’t forget to tell the seniors in your life about it too, the Club turned out to be such a success, but the more the merrier all the same! Ah look, that is what I call a good kiss!

Saturday is Family Fun Day again; I heard that Laura will be making Christmas decorations with the kids, so feel free to walk in from 2pm onwards.

On the same day we have another little gem for you, IMRO will host a song-writing workshop for 12-18 year-olds in The Dock on Saturday, 26th November from 12pm till 6pm.

The one-day workshop is provided to young songwriters free of charge and will be hosted by singer/songwriter Luan Parle and songwriter/producer Gavin Ralston. The workshop will focus on song writing, production, performance, touring and the latest developments in the music industry. By the end of the workshop, the budding songwriters will have written, performed and recorded an original song collectively. This is a unique opportunity for young people to get hands on experience of the day-to-day work in the music industry, whether they aspire to be performers, songwriters, and producers or work in music administration. Bookings for the workshop can be made through The Dock Arts Centre box office on 071 965 0828, and further information can be found at our website Participants may bring musical instruments along to the workshop…

Well, what more can I add? If I’d be in that age bracket, I’ll be heading for that amazing workshop, but it looks like I’ll be bringing the kids to the decoration-making instead, there is a time for everything in life it seems…!

Have a good week folks, make sure you vote re the revealing of the Dock Blogger Face – three posts down, no login etc required, the poll is on for one more week only! If the Yes Votes succeed your Dock Blogger will be officially introduced at the opening of Open Season on the 9th of December, just before Ailie Blunnie will cast her spell on us again the same night at 8.30 in the performance space! If the No Votes succeed, well, I’ll be in the crowd as usual, trying to catch some news behind the scenes for you too!


The Lost Sock Princess, picture update

October 19, 2011

Remember The Lost Sock Princess kids show from the Puppet Lab from Edinburgh last Wednesday? The show that was so booked and sold out that not another little pitter patter mouse would have fitted into that room?

well, here’s two pics from the day, thank you secret spy for sending them to us!


I certainly hope, they’ll be back for more next year, I want a sock like that too!


The Week on one Post – What’s On in The Dock

October 12, 2011

Writing about the whole week today, just in case, I have a funny feeling that I might get caught up in my day job later on during the week. If not, you’ll hear more of me anyway, if yes, well then I gave you the low-down already!

Unfortunately the interactive playful show The Lost Sock Princess on Wednesday morning is completely sold out, a second show has been put on already, sold out as well, and it looks like the kids are in for a real treat! I hope we’ll get the Puppet Lab from Scotland back to us soon so, as people and groups had to be turned away already! Looks like there is a bit of a market for these pre-schoolers here, I hope Punch and Judy and Ding and Dong are reading me, we need more of all of you! And the ones of you holding precious tickets please don’t forget to bring your own odd sock along to the show, I guess the Puppet Lab has something charming in store for you…

Thursday 8.30pm The Leitrim Laughs Comedy Club hosts David O’Doherty, 2010 Hot Press Irish Comedian of The Year as well as holding a good few other awards and being hailed as a triumph and national treasure … looks like running for the remaining tickets to me! If you have not much to laugh at the moment or find the vanishing of the summer a bit of a pain, maybe David O’Doherty will cheer you up big time, come along Thursday eve! And you happy ones, you make sure to come along too of course to share the laughter! And yes, Patrons get a free shot at the Jury Room before 8.15pm, did I not mention that yet?

Saturday the 15th is the Write for your Life Workshop with Monica Corish, if you didn’t enrol yet and this sounds about “write” to you please feel free to contact her on 087-641 4185, I didn’t check if she has places left, but its always worth trying!

And then, Saturday night fever at 8.30pm, Mundy and The Painbirds at The Dock, hosted by the Leitrim Live Music Club, and he is coming to us to introduce and promote his new album Shuffle, it seemingly takes a new twist on his band as I heard. Mundy and the Painbirds is a left hand turn off the road, loads of great energy and ‘rootsy’ brilliant songs! Well, that should keep you going for the week, make your plans, book those tickets, put your glad rags on and don’t forget there is always a cuppa or drink to be had in The Jury Room Café too.

Anybody not making it to Mundy for some odd reason, I am reminding you guys once again that The Adaptation Film Festival is on in Dromahair too, launching its brilliant programme on Friday night, and there is just one more place left for the Adaptation Workshop with Steven Cleary Saturday and Sunday 10 till 4. This two day workshop is aimed at filmmakers, producers and writers who are planning to adapt work for the screen. The first day introduces you to a new way of marrying the specific technical demands the original material makes of the writer with a fast and practical way of getting to the thematic centre of the adapted screenplay you want to write. The second day shows how to use key screenwriting techniques to ensure your adaptation is truly cinematic as it moves away from the source material to achieve its own integrity. This is followed by a step-by-step guide through an adaptation screenwriting process. If you’re interested in the subject, check it out, seemingly Johnny Gogan took the same course and look what happened to him!

Looks like a good week to me, rushing off now, but chat to ya later!

 Your Dock Blogger

Culture Night in Pictures

October 6, 2011

Better late than never! Slowly my spies in the crowd starting to hand over the shots of the night, so this post will be work in progress, keep checking in till you get the full picture so to speak!

Thank you secret spy for the first couple of great ones!

Your D B

All Ireland Poetry Day 2011 at The Dock

October 3, 2011

Welcome to the All Ireland Poetry Day on the 6th of October, celebrated and hosted for the fourth time at The Dock in Carrick! More a night than a day, it being dark at 8.30 by now, but all the more reason to come out and play this Thursday evening!

This years’ main act consists of three local (and published) poets, Mary Guckian, Gerry Boland and Michael Herron will be reading from their collections of work. This will be followed by an ‘open mike’ session, where new and emerging and some not so new writers will get a chance to step into the limelight that evening too, even in the spur of the moment! We have at least two and a half confirmed writers taking that mike; Orla Parkinson and Eileen O’Toole are game to let us in on their new writings, which will be very exciting! And as a matter of fact, anybody in the audience is encouraged and welcome to do the same, this is ‘open mike’ after all, so feel free to bring your own work along that night and rise to the occasion!

Last years’ reading was amazing, some poems that had come out of the Poetry Workshops at The Dock have been read aloud for the very first time, you could have heard a pin drop in that room! Those events are great ones for surprises, some line may strike a hidden chord in your heart, and suddenly life seems to  pause to be fuller and brighter, but maybe that is just me loving poetry and all!

Bring along your love for the Written Word, and if you have own work you want to share – yes please, that too (!), admission is free that night, all the better for that!

Love to see you there; it will be a great night!

Your Dock Blogger

Workshops at The Dock

October 2, 2011

Free time on yer hands?

Still a very very last chance to join in for tomorrow’s classes Writing for Movies, Oil Painting for Beginners and Life Drawing, or Tuesdays evening class at 7pm Oil Painting for Improvers.

Just saying.

Your D B

Adaptation Film Festival, On My Radar

October 2, 2011

On My Radar 4 is just around the corner – in Dromahair, two weeks from now, check it out, Adaptation 2011 – Le Carré!

Adaptation – the only festival of cinema and literature in Ireland or Britain takes place for its sixth year in Dromahair. This year they celebrate the work of John Le Carré, showing a retrospective of rare television, feature films and talks by writers and directors. All screenings take place at Cinema North Wests’ 100-seater Cinemobile situated on the main square of Dromahair, County Leitrim. The schedule for the weekend is online now, looking very good to me, a selection of gems on the movie front there, a special reading, a workshop on the subject, a talk about The Trouble with Adaptation and a panel of expat Germans living in Leitrim and Sligo to relate their experiences of growing up in both East and West Germany. Although having no first hand experience in all that, the whole Berlin Wall and cold war thing is rather fascinating to me;  and just watching THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD we probably still don’t know half of it! Check out the programme for Friday the 14th of October till Sunday the 16th, you’ll be impressed, as there is still a lot more than highlighted here…

or on their official website here

I like the first, the Cinema North Wests’ one a bit better, but see for yourselves…

Interested? As in, you’re going along? See ya there!

Your Dock Blogger

Culture Night at The Dock, the after-effects

September 25, 2011

Culture Night is done and dusted, pity I missed most of the workshops, I saw some amazing vintage hair-bands being done, damn, but somehow I got chatting to people and it slipped my mind to join the girls. DJ-ing Paul Cunningham got the teenagers going, turning records like in the olden days and testing the newest of the new equipment to be a shock jock as well. DJ Sweet Cup aka our Natalia took over from there, sweetly, gently, and people just relaxed into the surroundings, you know, when you kind of should go home but then again you don’t really want and need to.

The fashion show was over far too quickly for my liking, I had just grabbed a seat and ended it was, I had not realized that Rock&Roll Tea Party Co and Dirty Fabulous may be new aspiring businesses with a small range of products yet, lets wish them all the best and good luck on their way to success!

Regarding Audrey’s conversation with Philip Delamare I heard she got involved in a rather lively discussion about art and carpets in general, but it became more transparent to some how dimensions are perceived, what art tutors hold dear and important but it might not really matter in the end, how to see objects with one eye and what Audrey’s two and a half dimensions may mean to her. Anybody who heard what Bayard Eade as the title of her current work means, please feel free to comment here, I’d rather gladly know! Otherwise there is one more chance to get close to the work of Tracy Hanna and Audrey Reynolds as The Docks’ curator Alice Lyons will lead a walk through the galleries for us to gain insight in the exhibitions in an informal and friendly setting on the 20th of October at 2pm, and everyone is more than welcome and admission is free.

The absolute highlight of this years’ Culture Night for me is the photo exhibition in the Jury Room Café, shots of outstanding quality presented in a very professional manner, it is hard to believe that this work is coming from so to speak amateurs, a lot of those pictures deserve to be in the limelight, well, in my humble opinion at least! Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think! If you are interested in photography yourself it might be worth to look even into joining the Boyle Camera Club, they are meeting once a month for a slide show of their work and use Flickr as a website for tips and tricks on the trade, to share and jury the shots amongst themselves and learn from one another hands on. Gosh, I am thinking of joining them myself right now!

I didn’t stay on for the life drawing workshop and the saxophonist as I had a hard days’ work ahead of me, but anybody who did please let us know how that went! Its your turn now, comment, let us know, share what you got out of and thought of our Culture Night!

Your Dock Blogger

The Dock for Culture Night

September 22, 2011

Culture Night, 23rd of September, an evening crammed with things to do, to hear and see, to join in, where do I start? I better stick to The Dock only for now, even though I am aware there is the Poetry and Prose Stroll on in Drumshanbo at 7.30, a group walk around the town with readings from the organizers and guests, and members of the public are strongly encouraged to join in and read their own or someone else’s work along the way. So much for my little advertisement for The Written Word Weekenders AKA organisers Eileen O Toole and Stephen Rennicks.

Anyway, back to The Dock, Culture Night really starts at 4.30pm with a kids craft workshop What are you made of?, 6pm is Writers workshop with Belinda Mc Keon, We love Vintage Workshop, Djing Workshop (aimed at all age groups so bring your teenager along as well!), and Life Drawing facilitated by Laura Gallagher. That is only the workshops so far, take your pick and get creative, Culture Night is for free, quite brilliantly so, an opportunity not to be missed for sure!

The Photo Exhibition of the Boyle Camera Club will be opened at 5.30, if my memory serves me right from now on the Jury Room Café will provide wall space for exhibitions too, all the more reason to have a cuppa there!

In the theatre space you’ll find the Teen spirit productions running from 6pm onwards, meaning that the film and music created by participants during our recent Teen Spirit Music Summer Camp will be on show throughout the evening.

And there is always more, 6 till 10.30pm DJ Sweet Cup will be keeping the vibe very Rock n Roll, and at 8.30 Saxophonist Cathal Roche will be on the scene as well.

And yes, there is more again: Vintage fashion Show and Makeovers at 8pm, if you are looking for a ‘special one of a kind’ dress, this event is not to be missed! I know at least two of my girls getting married this winter, girls I hope you are reading this, there is DRESSES to be chosen yet!

Last but not least, the previous mentioned artists’ talk, Audrey Reynolds in conversation with Arts Officer Philip Delamare at 7pm, so if you want to find out more about Bayard Eade, join Audrey and Philip up in the galleries and ask those questions of yours!

Hustle bustle ahead, lets conquer the colder season with those colourful antics that we’ve got planned for you  and all of us! I most certainly can’t wait!

 Your Dock Blogger

Culture Night in Leitrim

September 22, 2011

From live performances, workshops and gallery tours to talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities, Culture Night offers a cultural form to appeal to all tastes…

Watch this space for more! Your D B