The Hermit Collective
Strokestown Poetry Festival
see us on Saturday May 5th 2018, at high noon..
Skylight47 (the poetry journal) featured us in their "under the spotlight" section, launched Thursday 23rd November in Galway City Library..
Podcasts available now of our radio series produced by Anni Wilton-Jones for Claremorris Community Radio...
Congratulations are due!
to fellow hermit and regular reader Louise G Cole who has just WON the prestigious Hennessy Literary Award for poetry, 2018! We are all very proud!
The Hermits have been busy!
OK that's the excuses over with.... yes this site hasn't been updated in quite the while! In fairness that's because its sometimes hard to keep up, we have been popping up all over the place this summer. Highlights included the big tipi during the Secret Village festival; two Saturdays in King House market doing eclectic outdoor shows; and supporting the brilliant Sarah Clancy in Strokestown Park House on National Poetry Day. I'll get some photos up shortly...
(but until then have a look through these ones from the last year or so...)
UNDERNEATH: Barry's Bar, Grange, Co Sligo 28th March 2015 (now very sad to say it has had to shut it doors..brilliant venue, recovery where are ya?)
BELOW: Ballymote library 7th May, and the Hawk's Well theatre 20th June 2015
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....
and we are already taking bookings for 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!)