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Unpublishable - I’m Fine, Help me

Unpublishable - I’m Fine, Help me

An event for young people, their families, writers and anyone interested in the real challenges that younger people face.
Rare Book Stories

Rare Book Stories

A light-hearted excursion into the surprisingly pulse-quickening pursuit of rare-book collecting.
Open Mic & Poetry Competition

Open Mic & Poetry Competition

A much-loved festival fixture, this Open Mic night draws poets and musicians from all over to perform their work. The highlight of the night is the announcement of the winner of the Westival Annual Poetry Competition 2019.
Early Dinner & Reading - Clew Bay Hotel

Early Dinner & Reading - Clew Bay Hotel

Join writer, journalist and Horslips drummer Eamonn Carr and author and investigative journalist Frank Connolly for an early-bird dinner where they explore Connolly’s novel ‘A Conspiracy of Lies’.
Drag and Draw - Upstairs at Janey Mac's SOLD OUT

Drag and Draw - Upstairs at Janey Mac's SOLD OUT

Half art class, half drag show, Drag + Draw is a life-drawing session with a drag queen model. Expect alternative drawing exercises, drinkies, music, Q&A, performances and good vibes all around.
Art Attack Paint Dance SOLD OUT

Art Attack Paint Dance SOLD OUT

Artists Nicky Dowd and Siobhan McGuire invite you to get your Jackson Pollock on! This is your chance to flick, splatter and hurl paint in a studio space where the volume has been pumped and your creativity is let loose.  
Michael McLaughlin Photography Workshop

Michael McLaughlin Photography Workshop

Multi-award-winning photographer Michael McLaughlin shares his boundless knowledge of photography in this intensive and comprehensive workshop.
Jimmy Lawlor - Painting Workshop SOLD OUT

Jimmy Lawlor - Painting Workshop SOLD OUT

Artist Jimmy Lawlor hosts a workshop in focusing on various painting techniques, including composition, color and texture. He will be demonstrating in acrylic paint.
Virtual Reality Workshop

Virtual Reality Workshop

Digital designer and VR artist Orla Casey will guide participants through an interactive lecture on the history of virtual reality. Test drive Orla’s own mindfulness-inspired virtual-reality experience.
Stinging Fly Seminar

Stinging Fly Seminar

Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Stinging Fly editor Seán O’Reilly will explore of the range narrative points of view available to the contemporary writer, discussing the merits and pitfalls of each.
Shooting the Mafia

Shooting the Mafia

Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim.
Dracula Live & Festival Finale

Dracula Live & Festival Finale

This special screening features a bone-tingling live score. Filled with haunting vocals and nerve-shredding guitar riffs, enjoy this thrilling live show in the comfort of Westport’s Town Hall Theatre.