Foilsithe ag The Irish News, 25/02/2016
Anois teacht an Earraigh agus tá an lá ag dul chun síne.
That's how the renowned poet Raiftearaí greeted the spring and the lengthening of the days - and in the Cultúrlann, Belfast's Irish language centre, events are blossoming as we prepare to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, St Patrick's Day and Easter.
Spring being the season of growth, the emphasis is very much on helping visitors to develop their skills and talents in an enjoyable way.
How to start your first novel, a master class in drama from one of Ireland's leading actors and a talk about the links between art and science are amongst the highlights in the coming weeks.
As Seachtain na Gaeilge (March 1 - 17) gets underway, award-winning novelist Anna Heussaff will read from her latest work, Scáil an Phriosúin, which focuses on two murders which occurred in Kilmainham Gaol, the scene of the 1916 executions, at a lunchtime event on March 5.
After reading, Anna will host a workshop in how to start your novel - 'Ón leathnach bán - From the Blank Page'. Any inspiring novelists out there seeking more information should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 12, An Chultúrlann plays host to a master class by leading actor Diarmuid de Faoite, star of dramas such as Corp + Anam, Ros na Rún and Scúp. He will stage his one man show about Páraic Ó Conaire, a renowned writer and character which will give a unique and very humorous insight into life in Ireland during 1916, that evening in the theatre, Amharclann Shiobhán Mhic Cionnaith.
Tickets for this event are available on the Cultúrlann website, www.culturlann.ie.
Meanwhile today (Thursday February 25), An Chultúrlann hosts a talk with artist Aisling O'Beirn about her new work, An Droichead/The Bridge, currently showing in the Cultúrlann's Dillon Gallery. The talk, which is part of the NI Science Festival, focuses on how she derives inspiration for her art from the quest for scientific discovery.
More details about the Cultúrlann's events and exciting range of classes is available in its new Spring programme which is available at the Cultúrlann and other venues as well as online at www.culturlann.ie