We haven’t had an earthquake lately… Open call for Well festival flagship event

Do you reach for a favourite poem or piece of prose when you need to be inspired, comforted or cheered up? Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017 wants you! 

Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing 2017 is calling on all avid readers to submit their favourite piece of writing (not self-written) for consideration for We haven’t had an earthquake lately…., a flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place at The Book Centre, Waterford, on Friday 13 October.  Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this popular annual event.  Submissions should be emailed by Monday 18 September to what@hse.ie  with “Earthquake” in the subject line.

Submit your favourite writing for "We haven't had an earthquake lately..."
Submit your favourite writing for “We haven’t had an earthquake lately…”

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing, established in 2013, is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.  The festival has become a landmark event in the Waterford calendar, with events taking place throughout the city and county celebrating the benefits of participation in the arts by all.

Announcing the open call for We haven’t had an earthquake lately, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust said “This has been a hugely enjoyable event every year, with keen readers sharing their favourite writings by everyone from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.  We have a mountain of evidence attesting to the positive impact which reading has on our physical and mental wellbeing, for example neuroscientist Stephani Sutherland wrote in 2015 ‘When we read, we recognise words as pictures and hear them spoken aloud’ and a study in the academic journal Neurology found that reading provides benefits to mental health, sharpening the mind as it ages, so this will be fun evening that’s also good for you!  We’re delighted that Mary O’Neill, presenter with WLR, will be our Guest MC for the evening and we’re also extremely grateful to The Book Centre Waterford for their kind sponsorship of this lovely event”.

The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing runs from 9-15 October 2017 with events in Waterford City, Dungarvan and Tramore.  The full festival programme will be announced on 18 September.  This fun, accessible, multidisciplinary festival champions the links between arts and wellbeing with a wide-ranging programme of innovative events for all ages across all artforms.  The Well Festival is funded by the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi, and is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries.  “We haven’t had an earthquake lately” is a quote from Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne. Further information about Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is available from www.wellwaterford.com

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