Denise Blake

Poet, Short-Story Writer
Reading and Q&A, Creative Writing Workshop, Master Class
Age Group
7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Denise Blake is a successful poet, writer and creative writing facilitator. Summer Palace Press published her two poetry collections; Take a Deep Breath and How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy. Denise is highly regarded for her facilitation work in schools and with adult groups. She has worked with all ages from 1st class to 5th year students. She has read her work at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Over the Edge Readings in Galway, O'Bhéal in Cork and many other venues. Denise is a very popular participant contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE Radio 1, she took part in their live recordings from Omagh, Ballyshannon, Clifden Arts festival and the Christmas recording from the National Concert Hall. Her work is included in five Sunday Miscellany anthologies. 

Denise is a member of Errigal Writers and received an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University through the Poets’ House. She is published in many anthologies including, This Landscapes Fierce Embrace: The Poetry of Francis Harvey. Denise’s most recent translation work is published in Selected Poems Seán Ó Ríordáin edited by Frank Sewell and An tAmharc Deireannach Colette Ní Ghallchóir. Denise Blake is literary curator for Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival.

Session Details

Working in a classroom situation I like to give prompts, warm-up written exercises and then longer pieces. I always go through the class so that every child tells me what he/she has written. My aim is to encourage the child to use his imagination with the emphasise on original ideas at first rather than me correcting work. I am aware of some of the difficulties that students with literacy problems have with written work. I am trying to encourage the child to decide what method of writing, whether personal or fiction he enjoys better.

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