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Hawk’s Well iYeats Poetry Competition

The Hawk’s Well is delighted to announce the third iYeats Poetry Competition – an online national and international competition open to all and with a special award for poetry from poets under 25.

The theme of the iYeats Poetry Competition 2011 will be “I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood, sex and the dead” – William Butler Yeats

The closing date for receipt of poems on this subject is Sunday, 26 June.

Prize giving and a public reading of the shortlisted poets will take place in the Hawk’s Well Theatre during the annual Yeats International Summer School 2011.

Up to four poems on this subject may be entered online only for both the General and Emerging Talent categories with a closing date of Sunday, 26 June 2011.

Terms and Conditions:
Only online entries will be accepted.

Files with entries must be in Word format (Word 97 – 2003) and attached to the online entry form.

The iYeats Emerging Talent Award is open to all 16 – 25 year olds.

Entry fee: €5 per poem

Prizes: First prize of €300

Emerging Talent award of €300
Ten highly commended awards.

All prize winners will have their poems published on the Hawk’s Well website and will be offered the chance to read their work at an informal ceremony during the 2011 Yeats International Summer School.

For more information contact Mary Clarke on 00 353 (0) 71 916 1518 or at Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo, Ireland

Tel: ++ 353 (0) 71 916 1518

Adele Twohig

21st Century Portuguese Poetry

For information about recent Portugese poetry transalted into english, please visit the website Poems from the Portugese, a brand new website dedicated to publishing and promoting portugese poetry from 2000 and onwards. Featured poets include Renata Correia Botelho, Rui Lage, Gastão Cruz and many more.

Adele Twohig

Create your eBook with Cló Litriocht

Cló Litríocht is a new publishing company that specialise in the creation of eBooks. Cló Litríocht have the latest in digitizing technology and offer the service at the most competitive rates. This service can make your book available to a worldwide audience almost immediately.

Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth is now available as Gaeilge as An Brón-Chluiche Macbeit.  Translated to Irish by S. Labhrás Ua Suilleabháin in 1925, the Tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays where an honourable man’s ambition to be king, results in acts of tyranny and greed.
Labras Ua Suilleabhain was a native of Bantry, Co. Cork and completed this work of translation in 1925.  Cló Litriocht was introduced to the work by Labhrás’s son Eugene who is an accountant in Silicon Valley.   Eugene and the other members of Labhrás’s family are delighted to see their father’s work back in print and in eBook format.
The timing of the launch of this eBook is no coincidence.  With Seachtain na Gaeilge upon us, this title epitomises efforts to make the Irish language more accessible by bringing together classic literature and the Irish language using the latest technology.
Ebooks are seen as the new frontier in many eyes. The eBook market in the US has grown significantly over the past number of years with the sale of eBooks on outselling paperbacks by 3 to 1 in 2010.
Cló Litriocht, part of the Bard na nGleann group, has been helping authors deliver their titles in eBook format for almost a year.  Popular titles include Tomás Mac Siomóin’s “An Tionscadal”, Maidhc Dainin O’Shea’s “Idir dhá Lios” and Nicholas Williams’ Irish translation of “Alice in Wonderland”, all of which are available on
Most recently, Cló Litriocht published, in ebook format, a selection of Ballingeary Historical Society journals dating back to 1993.  These journals provide insight into the local, historical and social activities of a small community in West Cork in any given year.  Their availability as an eBook, on, provides the community, both at home and abroad, with rich literature about their locality.
Cló Liriocht was set up by West Kerry native Tom Fitzgerald, MD of Bárd na nGleann Teoranta. Bárd are always seeking out new ways to use technology to promote the Irish language with Mr. Fitzgerald adding that “publishing companies like Cló Litriocht will help Irish language authors reach their audience in a new and innovative format. This is a unique way for authors to become a bestseller at a fraction of the print publishing costs.”
An Brón-Chluiche Macbeit is now available for download from, the world’s largest online Irish language bookshop.

Cló Litriocht, part of the Bard na nGleann group, was set up in 2010 and currently provides digital archiving and publishing solutions.  Its aim is to help authors and publishers convert their titles to digital format either for archiving or to allow them distribute their titles as eBooks.

The Bárd na nGleann group ( is based in Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh Co. Cork, with a subsidiary, Bárd na nGleann International, in San Jose, California. The Bárd was ranked as the 5th fastest growing technology company in Ireland in the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2005. Bárd was also named as the Cork SME Company of the Year 2004.

Adele Twohig

Making a Living as a Writer in the 21st Century

The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast presents a workshop entitled ‘Making a Living as a Writer in the 21st Century’, with Eoin Purcell, Carlo Gebler and Catherine Ryan Howard on Thursday 24 February 2011, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Eoin Purcell will deliver a practical workshop on writing in the digital age designed around giving writers a sense of how digital publishing is changing the space for writers. The session will highlight the ways in which writers are building an online presence to achieve their goals.

Carlo Gebler will discuss economic survival for writers and highlight income streams such as residencies, fellowships and writing for screen and radio. His presentation will include marketing tips and a guide to self promotion for writers.

Catherine Ryan Howard will talk about the practicalities of blogging, tweeting and social websites as marketing tools for writers and share her own experiences of exploiting digital and online technology.

For further information and to book a place contact – Cost £40 / £20 (concessionary rate)

Adele Twohig

The Moth | Arts and Literature Magazine

The Moth, a quarterly arts and literature magazine was launched in June of this year,  at the Flat Lake Festival.  Issue 2 is currently available, and the editors are working on Issue 3 which will feature Anne Enright, Annie Freud and Matthew Sweeney, among many others.

This month sees the launch of their new website.

Adele Twohig

The UK Poetry School | Online Poetry Classes

The UK Poetry School have launched a series of online poetry classes, so that poets around the world can participate in lessons.  The classes can be taken either as live online discussions with tutors and other students, or as downloadable pdf notes so students can work at their own pace.

To enrol in the online lessons, please visit here

To view the downloadable pdf documents, please visit here

To learn more about the UK Poetry School, visit their website here