Call for feel-good poetry and prose

Do you turn to a good book or poem to lift your spirits or be inspired?  If yes, then the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2019 wants you!  The festival 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…., the flagship event of the festival which celebrates the joy of reading, taking place at The Book Centre, Waterford, on Friday 11 October.  Submissions should be emailed to what@hse.ie  by Tuesday 24 September with “Earthquake” in the subject line.  Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at this popular annual event.   Further details about the festival are available from www.wellwaterford.com

The 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 “Earthquake is one of our most popular events every year, with a great number of keen Waterford readers seeking to share their favourite feel good writings with the wider public in  a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.  Lots of research has been published documenting the positive impact reading has on our physical and mental wellbeing, so this will be a fun evening that’s also good for you!  We’re delighted that our Guest MC for the evening will be the artist, photographer and writer Catherine Drea, and we’re also extremely grateful to The Book Centre Waterford for their kind sponsorship of this lovely event”.

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing runs from 7-12 October 2019 with 55 events throughout Waterford City and County.  This fun, inventive and sociable festival champions the health benefits of participation in the arts by everyone, 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 details from www.wellwaterford.com and follow the Well Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.