The Hermit Collective
August 18th 5pm, Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, launching our collective art exhibition and featuring very special guests
Harry Gallagher and p.a morbid (Black Light Engine Room press) coming from the UK specially to be poets with us!!! watch this space...
Podcasts available now of our radio series produced by Anni Wilton-Jones for Claremorris Community Radio...
Congratulations are due!
to Helen Grehan who has just won the New Roscommon Writing award 2018! and Louise G Cole for being shortlisted in that, and also for winning the prestigious Hennessy Literary Award for poetry, 2018! We are all very proud!
The Hermits have been busy!
To invite writers for your literary - or other- event, to book musicians, or buy art or booklets, please contact us via this website or directly through our own sites.
The Hermit Collective are a wandering band of writers, painters, etchers, puppeteers, singers, accordion flute banjo guitar sitar saxophone and bodhran players, Viking potters, sculptors, film makers and more. We put on pop-up shows in rural towns, or indeed anywhere we can get to.
Our first outing was on Mayday 2014, Boyle Library, followed by;
Charlestown Arts Centre, Co Mayo, 4th July;
Bundoran Fringe Festival, Co Donegal, 20th July;
Five Glens Arts Festival, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, 23rd August;
Ballaghaghaderreen Library, Co Roscommon, for Culture Night, 19th September;
King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon, 13th December 2014;
Barry's Bar+Venue, Grange, Co Sligo, 28th March 2015;
Ballymote library, Co Sligo, 7th May 2015;
Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, 20th June 2015;
Spells Rum&Black Music Club, Ballaghaderreen, 21st October 2015;
Claremorris Town Hall, Co Mayo, 30th January 2016;
Spells Rum&Balck Music Club PARTY! 9th April 2016;
Cruachain Ai Heritage Centre, Tulsk 14th May 2016;
Boyle Arts Festival -farmers market! - July 2016;
Knockanstockan festival, Wicklow (kids area) July 2016;
Secret Village Festival, Ballaghaderreen 5th August 2016;
Ballymote Library, Culture Night September 2016;
Spells Rum&Black Music Club, October 2016;
Tricky's McGarrigles, Sligo Town, 8th December 2016;
Strokestown Park House, National Poetry Day 2017;
King House market, Boyle, 23rd July and 26th August 2017;
Secret Village Festival, Ballaghaderreen, 11th August 2017;
Strokestown Poetry Festival, 5th May 2018;
Boyle arts festival, farmers market, 21st July 2018;
Charlestown arts festival, Co Mayo, 18th August 2018...
Our regular line-up includes the following:
Jessamine O Connor
Louise G Cole
Carol Jane Wilson
Jaqui Wright (Viking pottery)
Carmel Balfe (puppets)
and we've had great guests;
We are deeply sorry to have lost our friend and fellow hermit Karen Sheils.
She was a beautiful woman and artist, her batik work lit up our events
in Charlestown and Bundoran, and continue to light all the homes where they hang. With love to her children, partner, family, and friends,
Thank you Karen.
(AKA the Hermit Houseband!)
Carol the Hat