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‘Something Beginning with P’ Poetry Reading

Alan Clarke’s Illustration from Pictiúr, ‘The giraffe who lived in a shoe’, is featured in the O’Brien Press anthology, Something Beginning with P, edited by Seamus Cashman. To celebrate Pictiúr at IMMA, poets Tony Curtis and Larry O’Loughlin, two of the poets featured in Something Beginning with P, engage children and families in a poetry experience, with readings from the anthology and banter about the poetic arts. Children will be invited to do their own illustrations of poems from the anthology, with help from the Poetry-team.


Under The Volcano

Under The Volcano has announced its 11th season of writing master classes, which will be held from January 10-19, 2014, in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City.

Faculty for the newly expanded program includes poet Paul Muldoon (Ireland), novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman (Guatemala/US), memoirist and performance artist Alison Wearing (Canada), playwright Catherine Fillloux (US/France), Rome-based journalist, novelist and librettist Jonathan Levi and New York-based Magda Bogin, UTV founder and director, whose work straddles fiction, translation and writing for the voice.

The 2014 session offers a full week of small, intensive workshops in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City and half an hour from Cuernavaca, in the foothills of the great volcanoes.  The program also features guest performances and readings with Mexican writers, critics and filmmakers, a meeting with local environmental and political activists and an optional workshop with Shambhala teacher and musicologist Lance Brunner. Gourmet lunches prepared by Cocinar Mexicano are served daily and group dinners are scheduled throughout the week. Excursions to nearby archeological sites and guided hikes in the environs can be easily arranged.

An extended residency option allows participants to stay on as part of an intimate community of writers, with a weekly salon for sharing work. Space permitting, participants enrolled in one workshop may elect to audit a second for a modest fee.

Registration for each master class is limited to ten participants and four auditors.  An 8-10 pp. writing sample is required for admission.

For details on specific workshops and application guidelines please visit us online at or email us at


August Writing Weekend & September Workshop

From August 9-11, Claire Keegan will run a Writing Weekend at the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Please note this is not a workshop but a weekend designed for those who would like to write under direction for two whole days. If you are interested in booking a place, please send an e-mail to, with August Writing Weekend marked in the subject field.

The next Fiction Workshop will be held at the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, on the weekend of September 7 & 8, from 10am-5pm both days. For the workshop, each participant, if submitting a manuscript, is required to do so by August 28th.

For full details on the weekends and manuscript submission guidelines, please click here.

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Writing Weekend With Claire Keegan

CK Workshops is hosting a weekend of writing on May 10-12 under the supervision of Claire Keegan in the Slaney Suite,  Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Co Wexford. The course is designed for anyone who would like to ‘write under direction and with concentration’ for a weekend.

For further information or to reserve a place, e-mail with ‘May Writing Weekend’ in the subject field.


PoetryReach: Exploring Where Poetry and Therapy Intersect

PoetryReach offers a one-day double workshop aimed at exploring the use of poetry in therapeutic work from the point of  view of the varied approaches and schools of thought that go to make up the broad range of contemporary counselling psychology.

Two psycho-therapists from Britain and Ireland offer workshops exploring close links between poetry and the schools of counselling psychology.

10.00: Poetry and Schools of Therapy  – Diana Hedges

14.00: Kavanagh’s Poetry and  Psychology of Jung  – Reamonn O’Donnchadha

Further details see attached brochure or check out


Workshop: ‘The Lost and Found Poetry Workshop’

Eileen Casey will be holding an six-week, online poetry workshop beginning 29th April 2013.  The course costs €150 and will explore the business of poetry.  It is suitable for beginners to advanced poets.

A course outline and tutor information can be found at

For more information, contact


Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars

In May, Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for beginner and continuing creative writing students, facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars.

The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their week responding to writing exercises designed to inspire. In class, they will receive feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class takes place on Monday afternoons, 2-3:30 pm, commencing on Monday, May 13th and runs for eight weeks.

The cost to participants is €90 with a concession price. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking, please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, by phone: 091 565886; or by e-mail:


Spring Poetry Workshops at Galway Arts Centre with Kevin Higgins

Starting in May, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins.

Each workshop will run for eight weeks, commencing the week of May 13th. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 pm (first class May 14th), Thursday afternoons, 2-4 pm (first class May 16th); on Friday afternoons, 2-3:30 pm (first class May 17th).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who have been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who have participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €90, with a concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place, contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, by phone: 091 565886; or email:


Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Writing Weekend Workshop

Joseph Woods will direct the Poetry Writing Workshop Weekend at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013.

All aspects of poem publication in journals, magazines, competitions and ultimately through to preparing a first collection or book of poems will be looked at.  Participants will also consider the poetry reading and performance and delivery of their own work.

Two poems per participant will be work-shopped, with an emphasis on style and exploring why some poems can break the barrier of dull accomplishment.  Participants are welcome to bring along their own examples.

For information and booking, contact the Patrick Kavanagh Centre by phone: 00353 (0) 42 9378560; email:; and visit: www.patrickkavanaghcountry.


Read Between the Lines: Fiction Editing with Rachel Pierce

Registration is now open for a session on Fiction Editing with Rachel Pierce on Friday, 10 and 17 May. Learn how to break down the categories of fiction editing and identify the key elements of editing each genre, including the common pitfalls and possible solutions. Rachel will also take you through what it means to be an editor in modern publishing and the various roles he/she is now expected to fulfil, as well as the increasing importance of social media, digital publishing and Apps for the book trade.

For more details about the seminar and course outline, go to:

To register for the day, email: