Ballinasloe public library hosts ‘Galway Great Read’ gala event

Ballinasloe Library hosts the culmination of a successful month of events reflecting upon 'Women of the West - Art, Citizenship and Literature' this evening, Thursday, November 29 at 6.30pm.

A wonderful evening of art, music, performance and discussion will entertain all present and bring this events programme to a close.

Guest speaker on the night is Martina Fitzgerald, Political Correspondant for RTE News & Current Affairs in Leinster House, author of the number one bestselling book 'Madam Politician' and who, earlier this year was named as one of the most influential Irish journalists on Twitter.

Smashing Times, the innovative and creative Dublin theatre company will perform an evocative piece called 'Constance and her Friends' written by their artistic director Mary Moynihan. Musical entertainment on the night will be provided by the well known Galway Gospel wedding group who will sing some rousing suffrage and civil rights songs throughout, while the group, Le Chéile will start the evening with melodic celtic and classical pieces.

During the gala evening, an art exhibition and commemorative booklet highlighting the suffrage movement and the many pioneering women from the West will be launched. The art exhibition, 'Canvas to Canvas' draws inspiration from the stories, people and places of the suffrage movement.

Some of the artworks are directly inspired by the series of talks held as part of the 2018 Great Read programme of events, while others are developed through the artists own area of interest stemming from this era. The exhibition celebrates the richness of events 100 years ago through the hands of artists living in our community today.

The special commemorative booklet ‘Women of the West - Art, Citizenship & Literature’ is a free publication which highlights the lives of inspirational women associated with Galway and the west of Ireland who were not only activists but were also held in high regard in the fields of art, music and literature.

This event, to which all are welcome, is free and refreshments will be served.

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