Monday, January 23, 2023


Gerard Goggins pictured at The Book Centre reading ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou at the 2019 Well Festival of Arts & Wellbeing.

Photo: Keith Currams

THE 2023 Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing takes place in Waterford from Monday, February 13 to Saturday, February 18.

Festival organisers are calling on literature lovers to submit their favourite piece of writing (but not self-written) for consideration to feature at its main event which takes place at The Book Centre on Friday, February 17.

Titled ‘We haven’t had an earthquake lately’, (a quote from AA Milne’s ‘Winnie The Pooh’), the evening will celebrate the joy of reading, as Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) Director Claire Meaney explained.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Author, Waterford News & Star columnist and WHAT Chair Catherine Drea will be Guest MC, to Claire’s delight.

“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.”

Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] by Monday, January 30, featuring ‘Earthquake’ in the subject line. Successful applicants will be invited to share their selections with the public at what promises to be an uplifting evening of readings and music.

The Well Festival, produced by WHAT, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries, is funded by the Arts Council, the HSE and Waterford City & County Council, with generous support from Sanofi.  The full festival programme will be available at at the end of this month.

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