A Place to Be

place to beIs a FREE monthly creative arts evening of spoken word, dance, music and song, all embracing the themes of belonging, identity and inclusion. The aim of A Place to Be is to provide a safe space for people from every walk of life especially those who may feel excluded because of their skin colour, sexual orientation, age, culture or mental health issues.

 A Place to Be is organised by the GOWC and hosted by Sharon Murphy. There will be two guest artists performing each month and Sharon, a professional singer/songwriter will perform on a monthly base. Come, listen, and share. All artistic contributions are welcome, especially original material. If you are interested in performing please contact Sharon Murphy at  091 530590/antiracism@galwayowc.org

The creative arts evening will take place on the second Thursday of every month between 6pm -730pm commencing July 11th 2013 at Amnesty International Café, Galway, 2/3 Middle Street, Galway.

All welcome


Line up for Thursday 11th July

Michael McCaughan 

Michael is a writer and activist who has spent most of his life in Latin America. He has published several books, “True Crime: Rodolfo Walsh and the Role of the Intellectual in Latin American Politics”, “The Battle of Venezuela” and “The Price of Our Souls‘, about Shell V the People of County Mayo.

Michael McCaughan will be reading from his biography of Rodolfo Walsh (1927-77) a writer and revolutionary from Argentina, ambushed and killed by the military in 1977. Rodolfo’s life story follows historic events of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, from the Cuban Revolution, where he decoded secret cables outlining plans for the US invasion (1961), to the literary revolution of the time. His short stories and crime fiction won many awards and critical praise and he was on track to join the club of major writers (Gabriel Garcia Marquez etc) but he gave all that up for a very different story – the revolutionary moment unfolding around him….

Adedotun Adekeye 

Adedotun Adekeye , a Nigerian living in Galway for over five years , is a poet, stage actor and author. He was a feature reader at the Over the Edge Reading last year and short-listed for the 2013 Cuirt/Over the Edge Showcase reading. He is currently working on two books.

Sharon Murphy (Host)

Sharon Murphy, host of A Place to Be, is a singer/song writer whose work addresses the issues of power and oppression. Sharon’s music could be described as Irish – soul folk music with a reggae influence due to Sharon’s Caribbean heritage. Much of Sharon’s music comes out of her personal experiences growing up in Ireland. Sharon has featured on an number of radio and television programmes performing her music and talking about being black/Irish. Programmes like RTE’s “States of Fear documentary”, produced by Mary Raftery and Mono, Ireland’s first intercultural television programme.