Rick O Shea seemed genuinely delighted and excited to be taking on the direction of Waterford Writer's Week and gave a glimpse of what's in store in the weekend of events in various venues around the city. Mark Roper was on hand to read some of his poems. There were a couple of songs from troubadour Lorcan Reidy and a snippet of Sam Shepherd.
I love the Imagine Festival and often gravitated back to Waterford for it when I lived away. On a very small budget and with a team of committed volunteers, it presents a range of arts events to brighten up those dark and dull days in late October. While it is works hard to spread the word nationally, I believe the festival aims to serve the local audience first and makes a virtue of its diversity rather than targeting a niche. I do have a quibble though. I found this launch event too long and the scheduling made it awkward for attendees to support the many arts events already happening in the city that evening. A 6.30pm start wrapping up at 7.30pm would have facilitated patrons to support the launch and also get to Garter Lane in time for a trad group or to classical music recitals in the Large Room and Waterford Crystal. And surely there would have been a few takers for a cabaret singer in Theatre Royal. Maybe we could have a diary somewhere where any confirmed events could be posted so planners could see at a glance what is scheduled and avoid those awkward clashes.
Related posts: I was fortunate to hear Eamon Keane and John Sheahan perform together at Listowel Writers' Week some years ago My report here http://cathydesmond.blogspot.ie/2014/06/dublin-kerry-alliance-at-writers-week.html
My Round up of Imagine Festival 2016 http://cathydesmond.blogspot.ie/2016/11/imagine-gfestival-my-roundup-of.html