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A message from our Development Department

Dear Writers & Books community, 

 

I want to share with you that I have moved into a new role here at Writers & Books – Donor Relationship Manager. The focus of my work will be meeting individually with donors & community supporters. Due to our faith in Tate DeCaro, who currently works in the development office, we will continue to have a very strong team with Tate as Development Director and myself in this new role. This new role will be part-time and will allow me to maintain a relationship with the donors while also being more available for my two young children. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this change.

With Care,

Alexa

 


I am so excited to deepen my connection with Writers & Books and with the community in this new role. Through her years as Development Director, Alexa has created such a solid development department with strong relationships to the community and to our funders, and has taught me so much over the past two years during my time at Writers & Books. I am confident that in our new roles we will continue to work together as a great team!

All the best,

Tate

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IRISH EPIC AT FRINGE NO. 5

IRISH EPIC AT FRINGE NO. 5

Storyteller Alan Irvine brings the Irish Epic “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” to life

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Storyteller Alan Irvine will perform “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” at the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 24) on Saturday, September 17, 2 PM at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) Tickets are $12 at rochesterfringe.com, where more information is also available. Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.

 

“The Cattle Raid of Cooley” is known as “the Iliad of Ireland,” the greatest artistic achievement of the ancient Celts. It is a tale of warriors and armies, enchantments and curses, glory and honor, bringing to life the vanished world of the ancient Ireland. “The Cattle Raid of Cooley,” or the “Tain bo Cuailnge” in Irish, is a sprawling mix of story, poetry, high literature and low humor in a work originally intended to be recited over many long, winter nights. Alan Irvine spent many months sorting through different translations, condensing the story, crafting it into a cohesive tale that fits into a single performance while still retaining all the essential elements of the epic. The program also includes the tale “Dierdre of the Sorrows and the Fate of the Sons of Usna,” known as one of the Three Sorrows of Ireland. The story of Deirdre, the inspiration for plays by Irish writers like Yeats and Synge and many others, sets in motion events that lead to “The Cattle Raid of Cooley.”

 

The tale starts simply enough: Maeve, the Queen of Connaught and her husband argue about which of them controls more wealth. When it turns out that they are equal, Maeve to swears to best her husband by acquiring the White Bull of Cooley, a beast without rival in all of Ireland. When the owner of the bull refuses to give it to her, Maeve proclaims a great cattle raid, a “tain” in Irish, into the kingdom of Ulster to capture the bull. Heroes, kings, and armies of all Ireland gather, hoping to share in looting mighty Ulster of its vast wealth. As the army of the Tain approaches, a curse falls upon the men of Ulster. They all fall, consumed by the pains of labor, leaving only the warrior Cuchullain to stand alone against all the might of Ireland.

 

This is Alan Irvine’s first appearance at the Rochester Fringe. He has performed “The Cattle Raid of Cooley,” at the Pittsburgh Fringe, as well as at Irish Festivals in Pittsburgh, Dublin, Chicago. Alan’s recording of the “Tain bo Cuailnge” won the Storytelling World award for Best Story for Adults in 2013.

 

Alan Irvine began telling stories over 35 years ago while working as a camp counselor in Louisiana. He told ghost stories and old Irish legends in the cabins and around the bonfires. Eventually he moved to Pittsburgh, where he continued telling tales of all sorts. Irish folk tales and legends remain one of his specialties, and he has performed at numerous Irish and Celtic festivals around the country such as the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival, the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, the Maryland Irish Festival, the Potomac Celtic Festival. He has performed at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival every year since the festival began.

 

More about Fringe: Since its debut in 2012, the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 63,000 attendees in 2015. This 10-day, multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events – more than a quarter of which are free – in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the Fringe – which is partially curated by the non-profit festival and partially by festival venues – includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children’s entertainment, spoken word, visual arts, film and much more. Please visit rochesterfringe.com for a complete schedule, tickets and more information about the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

 

Media please note: Check out an excerpt of the Tain at http://www.alanirvine.com/tain.htm or http://www.alanirvine.com/audio/TheTainBegins.MP3 .
Alan Irvine is available of interviews.

Media Contact(s): Alan Irvine, 412-521-6406, alanirvine@aol.com

Show info: www.alanirvine.com, www.facebook.com/AlanIrvineStoryteller, @alanirvinestory

Fringe info: rochesterfringe.com, www.facebook.com/RochesterFringeFestival, @RochesterFringe, instagram.com/rochester_fringe, #rocfringe16

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Elizabeth Osta: Twisted Tales at Fringe No. 5

 

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Local Author tells ‘out of school’ touching tales about her Convent years and her Irish ancestors

Rochester, New York Local author Elizabeth Osta will bring Twisted Tales to the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 24) on Saturday, September 17th at 12:00 Noon at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue. Tickets are $10 at rochesterfringe.com where more information is also available. Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.

This brand new act to the 2016 Fringe Festival, “Twisted Tales” is drawn from the author’s forthcoming memoir, “Saving Faith: A Convent Memoir” about her years as a Sister of St. Joseph and from her Irish historical novel, “Jeremiah’s Hunger,“(Borealis 2011). Highlights include the author’s years as a novice, as principal of two inner city parochial schools and the discovery during Irish travels of the details of her great-grandfather’s survival of the Great Irish Famine. The tales take some hilarious twists and sparks into mystery and miracles. “This unique blending of stories is bound to keep the audience engaged,” says News Anchor Maureen McGuire, WROC TV, Channel 8.

 

More about Fringe: Since its debut in 2012, the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 63,000 attendees in 2015. This 10-day, multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events – more than a quarter of which are free – in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the Fringe – which is partially curated by the non-profit festival and partially by festival venues – includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children’s entertainment, spoken word, visual arts, film and much more. Please visit rochesterfringe.com for a complete schedule, tickets and more information about the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

Included is a high-resolution photo. I am available for interviews and can arrange preview opportunities in early September up until the show date.

 

For Immediate Release August 7, 2016

Media Contact: Elizabeth Osta, 585-451-5822, elizabethosta@gmail.com

Show info: http://www.rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows/twisted-tales. www.facebook.com/RochesterFringeFestival.@RochesterFringe,instagram.com

/rochester_fringe.#rocfringe16