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Tafelta Festival

‘Words’, written, spoken and drawn, will take centre stage in Magherafelt when the Tafelta Festival returns to the town centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June.

Over the two days ‘words’, in all forms, will be celebrated and explored through reading, writing and illustration workshops at locations around the town centre alongside music performances and kids’ entertainment.

The festival, which has been organised by Mid Ulster District Council, features activities aimed at both children and adults with something to suit every age group and all events are free.

For the full list of events, times, locations for both days, and to book, see the tables below:

*Children must be accompanied by an adult at all workshops*

Friday 21 June

Time

Event (Adult / Children)

Description

Venue

3pm

Clive McFarland book reading and illustration workshop (C)

Clive McFarland is an author and illustrator of children’s picture books including ‘The Fox and the Wild’, ‘A Bed for Bear’, and ‘Caterpillar Dreams’. Come along and hear Clive read his books in a story time session, before learning how to draw characters from his stories. To book go to: https://tafeltaclive1.eventbrite.co.uk

The Terrace Hotel

4pm

Book reading and illustration workshop presented by Barry Falls (C)

Born in Dungannon, Barry is a celebrated illustrator and in this workshop he will share his latest picture book ‘It’s Your World Now!’.He will talk about his inspirations for his new book and then get the children doing some drawing of their own. To book go to: https://barryfallstafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

The Library

4pm

Wonderland Tea Party

“It’s always tea time!” says the Madhatter… come and join this interactive Wonderland Tea Party and listen to stories about Wonderland and beyond. To book go to: https://teapartytafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

Bob & Bert's

4pm

Face painting, balloon modelling and kids’ activities

 

Meadowlane

5pm

Poetry workshop presented by Maura Johnston (A)

Take the opportunity to explore and discuss the work of various poets. There will also be the chance to take part in a how-to-write poetry session. To book go to: https://poetrytafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

The Diamond Espresso

5pm

Face painting and balloon modelling

 

Slim’s Healthy Kitchen

5.30pm

Theatre Without Walls: Interactive drama storytelling workshop (C- 7-12 yrs)

This workshop will explore myths and legends about the origin of the world. To book go to: https://theatretafelta2.eventbrite.co.uk

Bank of Ireland

6.30pm

Flash fiction workshop with Byddi Lee (A- 15+ yrs)

Suitable for both new and experienced writers, Byddi Lee will read from some of her own work then facilitate a workshop on how best to write your own piece of flash fiction. To book go to: https://flashfictiontafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

Bryson’s

6pm

Live music by Marie Fox

 

LJ’s Tavern

6pm

Live music by Paul Dillon

 

Downey’s Bar

Saturday 22 June

Time

Event (Adult / Children)

Description

Venue

11am

Maker’s Market

Handmade crafts produced by local crafters from the Mid Ulster Craft Collective.

The Bridewell

11am

Storytelling with Mary Poppins (C)

Children will be in awe as Mary Poppins reads aloud from a collection of story books. To book go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-with-mary-poppins-tickets-63421736120

Maud’s Parlour

12pm

Clive McFarland book reading and illustration workshop (C)

Clive McFarland is an author and illustrator of children’s picture books including ‘The Fox and the Wild’, ‘A Bed for Bear’, and ‘Caterpillar Dreams’. Come along and hear Clive read his books in a story time session, before learning how to draw characters from his stories. To book go to: https://tafeltaclive2.eventbrite.co.uk

The Library

12pm

Book Swap Stalls

Do you have books you’ve finished with? Bring them along and swap them for a new read at one of the book stalls.

O’Briens Pharmacy

Bob and Berts

Diamond Espresso

Meadowlane

12pm

Meet the Book Fairy (C)

Come be entertained by the enchanting book fairy.

Ground

12pm

Arts and Crafts & a Reading Corner

Make your own bookmark or take some time out, curl up on a bean bag and read some fantastic books

The Bridewell

12pm

Live music by Candimoon

Reminisce with song, easy listening classics from days gone by.

Danske Bank

12pm

Live music by Neil Collins

 

Mary’s Bar

12.30pm

Monologues That Matter

Perfect for young aspiring actors, you will see dramatic performances of monologues written by Pamela Cassells-Totton including the opportunity to meet the writer.

Meadowlane

1pm

Princess Storytelling Session (C)

Children will be entertained by all their favourite princesses and enjoy listening to them reading all the classic fairy tales. Split over 2 sessions. To book go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/princess-storytelling-session-tickets-63421405130

Brysons

1.30pm

Crime writing workshop presented by Gerard Brennan (A)

Acclaimed author Gerard Brennan will read from his published novels, share his journey and facilitate a workshop on crime writing. To book go to: https://crimewritingtafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

Ulster Bank

2pm

Lego animation workshop (C)

Explore the magical world of Lego during this fun, interactive workshop. To book go to: https://legotafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

Bank of Ireland

2.30pm

Live music by Neil Collins

 

Dorman’s Bar

2.30pm

Live music by Eva Kearney

 

The Flax Inn

2.30pm

Theatre Without Walls: Interactive drama storytelling (C- 5-9 yrs)

‘Just So Stories’ – find out why the giraffe has a long neck and where the duck got its quack. Free toast and babychinos for toddlers. To book go to: https://theatretafelta.eventbrite.co.uk 

Ground

2.30pm

Poetry and spoken word performance and workshop presented by David Braziel (A)

Three times winner of the Belfast Book Festival poetry slam, David Beaziel, will perform and facilitate an interactive workshop on communication, poetry, comedy and spoken word. To book go to: https://spokenwordtafelta.eventbrite.co.uk

The Terrace Hotel

3pm

Live music by Owen Denvir

 

The Coachman

5pm

Live music by Gavin Corey

 

The Coachman

As well as all of the above, kids' entertainment, including face painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts, a reading corner, puppet shows and games, special walkabout characters and interactive chalk art will take place in the town centre over the 2 days.