Grace Wells

Poet, Children's 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

Grace Wells's first book, Gyrfalcon (O’Brien Press 2002), won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award, and was an International White Ravens' Choice. Other publications for children include Ice-Dreams (2008) and One World, Our World (2009), a development education text-book produced for Irish Aid and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her debut poetry collection, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010) won the 2011 Rupert and Eithne Strong Best First Collection Award, was short-listed for the London Fringe Festival New Poetry Award, and has recently been translated into Italian. Her second collection of poetry is forthcoming from Dedalus Press in 2015.

Session Details

I like to get children writing & creating. Inspiring confidence is my primary aim. In workshops, I focus first on developing the individual voice or style of each participant, then look at the techniques that underpin poetry & stories. I like vivid descriptions & sense of place & I call on students to use their full senses when writing. With larger groups this kind of detailed exploration isn't possible so I liase with teachers to create sessions that are stimulating & inventive. In preference, I like to work with students oever an extended period, but invitations for single visits are welcome.

Age Group Details

Preferred age group: 9 - 18 year olds

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