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Ré Ó'Laighléis
Novelist, Short-Story writer
Discussion with Writer, Reading and Q&A, Creative Writing Workshop
Age Group
11 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English AND Irish

Publications/ repertoire/
productions & background experience

Battle for the Burren (2007), Ár i gCor Chomhrua (2007), An Nollaig sa Naigín (2006), An Nollaig sa Naigín CD (2006), The Great Book of the Shapers: A Right Kick Up in the Arts (2006), Ecstasy & Other Stories (2005), Sceoin sa Bhoireann (2005), Gafa (2004), Bolgchaint & Scéalta Eile (2004), Goimh & Scéalta Eile (2004), Heart of Burren Stone (2002), Hooked (1999, new ed. 2007), Terror on the Burren (1998, new ed. 2005), all by Móinín. Shooting from the Lip (compiled & edited, Mayo County Council, 2001), Chagrin (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 1999), Punk & Scéalta Eile (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 1998), An Taistealaí (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 1998), Ecstasy & Scéalta Eile (Cló Mhaigh Eo, 1998). Stríocaí ar Thóin Séabra (Coiscéim, 1998), Cluain Soineantachta (Comhar, 1997), Aistear Intinne (Coiscéim, 1996), Ciorcal Meiteamorfach (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 1991). Many works in foreign translation.

A former primary, secondary and third-level teacher, have been full-time writer since 1992, writing teenage & adult fiction (novels & short stories) in both English & Irish. Have conducted workshops & reading in Ireland, Britain & North America & also give training courses to students & educators in the field of creative writing. Have been writer in residence for NUIG & for Mayo County Council. Have been a participant in the Writers in Schools Scheme for 17 years, working in primary & secondary schools, and have also worked in colleges of education in Ireland & abroad. Because of remoteness of location, have found the full day visit preferable to the half-day & more conducive to full & rounded presentation.

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Session Details

My sessions tend to be longer than the regular class session of 35-40 mins. I prefer at least a 75-min. session so as to allow for something more comprehensive than mere reading. They will often involve background information on the genesis of a piece/ short-story/ novel, the creative working & crafting of a work, the influences. Sometimes teachers may want a dual-language session, rather than all English or all Irish. In such cases, I often read alternately from the 2 versions of a work, not repeating any of the work in either language.

On occasions when required, I give specific workshops on the structure & essential elements of the short story, showing the knitting of both factors & teasing out (by use of examples from Ecstasy, Hooked etc.), how dialogue & narrative are best used & developed, the stages of plot & character development, the elements of style, nuturing of qualified/part-qualified/ independent dialgoue, the issue of redundancy in writing etc. My group numbers can range from 10 to 50 to 500. Everything I do is tailored in advance (though there is much spontaneity througout delivery). An essential is thorough pre-discussion with the co-ordinating teacher(s).

Age Group Details

Senior classes at primary level (particularly in gaelscoileanna). All types at second level in both English & Irish.

Availability Details

All times (ie when available). My work is increasingly as much outside the country as in it and I always have a number of bookings a year or more in advance, so early contact is always advisable.

'Aileach', Loch Reasca, Ballyvaughan, Co. an Chláir
(065) 707 7256
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