We haven’t had an earthquake lately…

Readers invited to Well Festival 2023 

Does a good book lift your spirits? Do you reach for a poem to be inspired?  If yes, then the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2023 would love to hear from you!  The festival is calling on literature lovers to submit their favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for We haven’t had an earthquake lately…., the much loved flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place at The Book Centre, Waterford on Friday 17 February.  Submissions should be emailed to what@hse.ie  by Monday 30 January with “Earthquake” in the subject line.  Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this uplifting evening of readings and music.   Further details about the festival are available from www.wellwaterford.com

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing champions and celebrates all the ways that the arts help us to feel good.  Taking place from 13-18 February 2023, the festival features an exciting line-up of fun, free, inventive and sociable arts events for all ages, with musicians, artists, poets, storytellers and dancers, in addition to a programme of Wellies, the festival’s events for younger audiences.  Each day, festival-goers will have the opportunity to witness colourful, beautiful, thought-provoking music, art and poetry, and to experience the joy of creativity through a myriad of workshops and interactive opportunities for all ages.  The full Festival programme will be available from www.wellwaterford.com at the end of January.

Announcing details of this year’s We haven’t had an earthquake lately, Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “We are thrilled to present Earthquake again this year, and to return to our spiritual home in The Book Centre, Waterford, having been online last year.  Earthquake has a special place in our hearts and is consistently one of our most popular events every year.  We love re-connecting with old friends and meeting many new, all of whom have in common their love of reading and their desire to share their favourite feel good writing in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.  And we’re delighted to welcome back Catherine Drea as our Guest MC.  Artist, photographer, writer and Chair of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Catherine has a wonderful warm and welcoming way of bringing the audience together for this very special evening.  We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to The Book Centre, Waterford, for their continued kind and loyal sponsorship of Earthquake.”

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City and County Council, with generous support from Sanofi.  The festival is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.  The full festival programme will be available shortly at www.wellwaterford.com  See the Well Festival also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   “We haven’t had an earthquake lately” is a quote from Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne.

Photo shows Gerard Goggins reading Still I Rise by Maya Angelou at We haven’t had an earthquake lately… at the Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing in 2019
Photo by Keith Currams